Following the lead of REI’s #OptOutside campaign, Save the Redwoods League and California State Parks have teamed up to provide free entrance passes to 49 California State Parks on Black Friday, November 27th 2015. The idea is to eschew the usual routine of retail purchases and mass consumption. Instead of visiting the mall or fighting someone at Walmart, start a new post-Thanksgiving tradition by getting outside and enjoying the outdoors.
Save the Redwoods League is spending about $50,000 to fund this program. This was made possible by a large donation from an anonymous donor. (Good people do exist) It’s worth it, though, if it encourages more people to #OptOutside and #IntoTheRedwoods.
The response to this initiative has been amazing! As of the date this post (11/20) the following parks have reached capacity:
Annadel State Park
Armstrong Redwoods State Park
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
Butano State Park
Calaveras Big Trees State Park
Castle Rock State Park
Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Jack London State Historical Park
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Limekiln State Park (not participating in this event because the park’s trails are undergoing improvements)
Mount Tamalpais State Park
Patrick’s Point State Park
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Portola Redwoods State Park
Samuel P. Taylor State Park
Sonoma Coast State Park
Wilder Ranch State Park
Not to fear, however. There are still 30 California Redwoods State Parks that have capacity. Visit Save the Redwoods League to learn more about their mission and download your own free California Redwood State Park pass. Also don’t forget that there are plenty of parks and outdoor areas that you can visit for free anytime.