Coastside State Parks Association to Celebrate 150th Anniversary of California State Parks with Weekend of Hikes & Activities

The Coastside State Parks Association today announced a weekend of hikes and local fattactivities to celebrate the 150th anniversary of California State Parks. These events, which will take place on Saturday, June 28th and Sunday, June 29th, are open to the public and free of charge. Full details are below for each of the four events.

“We are thrilled to offer a weekend of activities to mark the 150th anniversary of California’s State Parks,” said Cecily Harris, Executive Director, Coastside State Parks Association. “Learn about our area’s pioneering and maritime past and then explore what the next 150 years could hold for our coast and our parks. Whether you’re a regular visitor or visiting our parks for the first time, we hope you’ll join us at these special events.”

These activities will take place almost 150 years to the day from the start of California’s State Parks. In the midst of the Civil War, President Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant Act on June 30, 1864. That action protected the Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove and ceded the areas to the State of California as the nation’s first State Park. This was the first instance of park land being set aside for preservation and public use by the federal government and created a legacy for California and the nation.

Funding for these events was generously provided by grants from the National Environmental Education Foundation and Toyota.

Advanced registration is appreciated, but not required. In addition, fresh, locally-grown produce provided at all events by the Coastside State Parks Association! For questions or more information regarding the hikes and activities call (650) 879-2025.

Event Details:

Pioneers in the Redwoods
Saturday, June 28, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Butano State Park – Visitor Center
Just as California State Parks were getting their start, new immigrants to the coastside were making fresh starts for their families. Relive their lifestyle, hopes, and struggles as you stroll in the shade of ancient redwoods. Please join interpretive specialist Rosanna Petralia for this 1 mile/1.6 km walk back in time. Parking $10.

Shore Whaling and Shipwrecks
Saturday, June 28, 2014, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park – Dining Hall
Sail back into history to explore “shore whaling and shipwrecks” in this talk with maritime author and historian JoAnn Semones. Discover the whaling station, shipping center, Chinese fishing village, and dog-hole port that were part of the area before the lighthouse was built. From Portuguese whalers to Gold Rush dreamers, the 1850s and 1860s were a pivotal time for this rocky point on the San Mateo coast.

Our Next 150 Years
Sunday, June 29, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Año Nuevo State Park – Franklin Point
Imagine all the ways California has changed since 1864. Through all the changes and challenges of the last 150 years, our parks have worked to preserve the very best of our state. Please join interpretive specialist Joseph Carr Ritchie at the Franklin Point trailhead (north of the main entrance) for this .6 mile/1 km exploration of the changes and challenges waiting for us over our next 150 years – and some of the best views on the coastside! Parking $10

Ghost Towns of Año Nuevo
Sunday, June 29, 2014, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Año Nuevo State Park – Horse Barn
In 1864 lumberman William Waddell built a shipping wharf and tramway to his mill alongside
Año Nuevo Bay and soon the small settlement known as Waddell’s Wharf was born. What happened to this aspiring community? Please join interpreter Mike Merritt for a talk revealing the untold stories of Waddell’s Wharf and the other forgotten towns that have all but vanished from the shores of Año Nuevo.


About The Coastside State Parks Association
The Coastside State Parks Association (CSPA) supports fifteen California State Parks along 36 miles of San Mateo County coastline from Gray Whale Cove State Beach in Montara in the north to Año Nuevo State Park in Pescadero to the south. In partnership with California State Parks, CSPA raises funds to support vital education and interpretation programs and projects. Visit and for more information.


One response to “Coastside State Parks Association to Celebrate 150th Anniversary of California State Parks with Weekend of Hikes & Activities

  1. Congrats California State Pareks 150th!

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