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Free Second Saturdays at Redwood State Parks FAQs

What is the objective of Free Second Saturdays at Redwood State Parks?

  • The redwood forest is one of the world’s most beloved treasures. They are an iconic part of California’s identity and a source of national pride, international recognition and awe. Millions of visitors from across the globe embrace the opportunity to connect with this landscape like no other.
  • In 2018, Save the Redwoods League is celebrating its Centennial.
  • As a way to celebrate redwoods and our Centennial, the League is providing free admission to more than 40 redwood state parks every second Saturday of each month throughout the year.
  • The chief goal is to connect people with these natural legacies for the first time or to rekindle their love for them. Free Second Saturdays are gifts to those who love and care for redwoods.

 

2018 Free Second Saturdays at Redwood State Parks

  • On Free Second Saturdays at Redwoods State Parks, more than 40 redwood state parks will offer free vehicle day-use passes for the second Saturday of each month in 2018.
  • Thanks to the generous support of Oracle and members of Save the Redwoods League, more than 16,800 free vehicle day-use passes will be available to visitors in 2018. Each pass is for use at one participating state park on the second Saturday of every month in 2018.

 

What is a Day-Use Parking Pass?

  • At most state parks, day-use fees are charged for vehicle day-use only. Essentially this is a parking fee. Each day-use parking pass for Free Second Saturdays at Redwood State Parks will be valid at a specified park on the second Saturday of every month in 2018 only, during posted park hours. This free day-use parking pass is valid for one vehicle, for a one-time entry. Parking spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • There is typically no charge to walk or bike into parks.
  • Other park fees such as boat launch or camping fees are not included with the free day-use parking pass. Please note that most historical parks and museums also charge an admission fee per person.

How Do I Obtain a Day-Use Parking Pass?

  • Visitors will be able to reserve and print their day-use pass starting at 8 a.m. January 13, 2018, on the program’s website, FreeRedwoodsDays.org
  • Passes will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis according to each park’s capacity.
  • Visitors need only obtain one day-use pass per vehicle per park for use at a participating redwood state park.
  • The pass covers day-use admission and parking fees. A pass does not guarantee a parking space or entry if the park is full due to high demand.
  • To ensure valid entry and avoid fines, printed passes must be presented to park staff at entry gates or displayed on vehicle dashboards if no personnel are on duty.
  • Electronic images of the pass will not be accepted.
  • Visitors without passes are welcome but must pay admission.

Does Everyone in the Vehicle Need a Printed Parking Pass?

  • No, visitors need only obtain one day-use pass per vehicle per park for use at a participating state park they wish to attend.

What happens if I misplace my day-use pass?

  • If you misplace your day-use pass and do not bring a printed copy with you, you will be asked to pay admission to the park. We recommend arriving early with your printed pass to ensure free and valid entry into participating parks on Free Second Saturdays at Redwood State Parks.
  • Unfortunately, electronic images of the pass will not be accepted.

What Should Visitors Expect

  • Consider visiting a participating redwood state park during the off-peak hours – opening time to 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to closing time.
  • Day-use hours apply (generally from 8 a.m. to sunset). Hours for individual parks may vary; operating hours may be confirmed by visiting FreeRedwoodsDays.org.
  • We encourage all park visitors to obey park rules.
  • Plan your trip by visiting FreeRedwoodsDays.org.
  • Share your experiences with us on social media using the hashtags #FreeRedwoodsDays and #CAStateParks.

Which Parks Are Participating?

  • Participating parks are listed at FreeRedwoodsDays.org.

Outdoor Tips

  • Free Second Saturdays at Redwood State Parks offer stunning scenery, exercise, fresh air and the opportunity for connecting with family and friends.
  • We want our visitors to enjoy the outdoors safely. Simple actions can positively increase your outdoor experience. Such actions include bringing water, snacks and clothing for cold, hot or wet conditions, staying on designated trails, taking breaks, and letting people know where you are going and approximately what time you’re coming back.
  • For more outdoor tips, please visit FreeRedwoodsDays.org or parks.ca.gov/SafetyTips.

Can I bring my dog to a state park?

  • In general, dogs are permitted in most state parks in paved areas, but they must be on a leash not exceeding 6 feet in length at all times. It’s always a good idea to call ahead to see if dogs are allowed on the trails in the state park you wish to visit. Please remember that violations of these rules may lead to a costly citation. Remember too that you are financially responsible for injuries or damage caused by your dog. To ensure everyone’s visits to California state parks are pleasant, please do not leave your pet unattended, and remember to clean up after them. For more information, visit www.parks.ca.gov.

How Did Free Second Saturdays at Redwood State Parks Begin?

  • On the day after Thanksgiving in 2015, Save the Redwoods League encouraged people to enjoy the holiday with friends and family in California’s spectacular redwood state parks.
  • Collaborating with California State Parks in 2015, the League removed a critical barrier for park visitors: the day-use vehicle fee. With 48 redwood parks participating, the League launched Free Redwood Parks Day. The League held the event in 2016 as Green Friday and 2017 as Redwoods Friday.
  • In 2018 through Free Second Saturdays at Redwoods State Parks, the League aims to connect people with California’s redwood state parks for the first time or to rekindle their love for them by providing free passes for the second Saturday of each month. These events also celebrate the Save the Redwoods Centennial year and the hard-won protections for coast redwood and giant sequoia forests by the League and California State Parks.

 

How Is Free Second Saturdays at Redwood State Parks Funded?

  • Free Second Saturdays at Redwood State Parks is generously supported by Oracle and the members of Save the Redwoods League.

Why is it important for people to spend time in the outdoors?

  • Spending time outdoors is important for our health, both mental and physical. Outdoor recreation relieves stress, boosts creativity and imagination, and reinvigorates the mind while promoting active, healthy lifestyles. These benefits can be magnified by spending time with family and friends, strengthening the bonds between us and nature.
  • Save the Redwoods League members have indicated that a single visit to a grove of ancient redwoods is an experience so powerful that it can foster a life-long commitment to the protection of the world’s wild and special places.
  • With over 340 miles of coastline and coastal habitat, and over 4,700 miles of non-motorized trails, California’s state parks provide opportunities to improve your health through outdoor recreation. Learn more at www.parks.ca.gov/ParkIndex.
  • California’s state parks are for everyone. By offering free day-use passes, we hope to initiate thousands of new visits to our state park system, inspire a love of nature, and establish a strong conservation ethic across diverse generations and communities.
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