The Center for American Progress reported in 2020 that 70% of low-income communities in the United States live in nature deprived areas. Recent studies from the Children and Nature Organization indicate that children who have access to greenspace leads to an overall improvement to a child's emotional learning, physical well being, stress reduction and academic outcomes.
The state of California believes that every Californian has the right to the cultural, recreational, historical and natural resources found at the diverse California state parks. California state governor, Gavin Newsom signed senate Bill 129 in 2021 which includes 5.6 million dollars to fund the California State Adventure Pass program. This program gives access to all California state fourth graders to 19 state parks.
How to Get a California Adventure Pass
All California state fourth graders are eligible to receive a free California Adventure Pass. This pass is valid at 19 California state parks for the duration of the child's fourth grade year (and summer). Parents and guardians of a fourth grader can go to ReserveCalifornia.com or call (800) 444-7275 to set up an Adventure Pass profile for their child. Adults can also go to this list of California State Park Pass Sale offices to set up their fourth grader's profile in person. For more information on what to do when you've set up the California Adventure Pass, please visit the California State Park website.
Parks that Accept the Adventure Pass
Here is a list of California state parks that accept the California State Adventure Pass:
- Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
- Calaveras Big Trees State Park
- California Citrus State Historic Park
- California State Railroad Museum
- Chino Hills State Park
- Clear Lake State Park
- Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park
- Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
- Empire Mine State Park
- Hendy Woods State Park
- Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area
- Jack London State Historic Park
- Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
- Millerton Lake State Recreation Area
- Morro Bay State Park Museum of Natural History
- Samuel P. Taylor State Park
- Seacliff State Beach
- Silver Strand Beach
- Sue-Meg State Park
For a list of the parks by California region please visit the California State Park website here. The California State Adventure Pass covers day-use entry only. This pass is not valid for tour, amenity usage, boat, camping or special event fees.