California State Parks Celebrates 150 Years

CA State Parks Turns 150

California State Parks is marking its 150th anniversary this year with events and celebrations spread from January through December 2014.

There are more than 200 State Parks, Historic Parks, Beaches and other protected state-owned areas spread throughout California. Of the two-dozen State Park lands located in LA County, five are right here in Malibu: Leo Carillo State Park, Malibu Creek State Park, Malibu Lagoon State Beach, Point Dume State Beach and Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach.

The first State Park was Yosemite, which was preserved in 1864 with a bill signed by President Abraham Lincoln. Although the granted land was returned to the Federal Government in 1906, making Yosemite a National Park, the 1864 proclamation spurred an unbroken tradition of State Parks in California.

For a full list of anniversary events, check out the California Department of Parks and Recreation website.

For more about the history and legacy of California’ State Parks, go to the 150th Anniversary Website.