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Redwoods Friday FAQs

What is 2017 Redwoods Friday?

  • More than 40 California redwood state parks are participating in the 2017 Redwoods Friday program.
  • Thanks to the support of Save the Redwoods League donors and members, thousands of free vehicle day-use passes will be available to visitors. Each pass is for use at one participating redwood state park on Friday, November 24, 2017.

 

What is the objective of Redwoods Friday?

  • Redwoods Friday’s purpose is to connect people with California’s redwood state parks for the first time or to rekindle their love for them.
  • California’s state parks are for everyone. By offering Redwoods Friday free day-use passes, we hope to initiate thousands of new visits to our redwood state parks, inspire a love of nature, and establish a strong conservation ethic across diverse generations and communities.

 

Why are passes only offered for redwood state parks on Redwoods Friday?

  • Save the Redwoods League and California State Parks are focusing on Redwoods Friday’s purpose: to connect people with California’s redwood state parks for the first time or to rekindle their love for them, according to the League’s mission. The League’s mission is to protect and restore redwood forests and connect people to them so these wonders of the natural world flourish.

 

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 Redwoods Friday day-use parking pass will be valid at a specified park on November 24 only, during posted park hours. This free day-use parking pass is valid for one vehicle and its occupants, for a one-time entry.
  • There is typically no charge to walk or bike into parks.
  • Please note that most historical parks and museums charge an admission fee per person.
  • Other park fees such as boat launch or camping fees are not included with the free day-use parking pass.

 

How do I get a day-use parking pass?

  • Visitors will be able to reserve and print their day-use pass starting November 1 at 8 a.m. on the program’s website, RedwoodsFriday.org.
  • Passes will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis based on each park’s capacity.
  • Visitors need only obtain one day-use pass per vehicle or motorcycle.
  • 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.
  • Passes are transferable.
  • 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.

 

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 before 11 a.m. with your printed pass to ensure free and valid entry into participating parks on Redwoods Friday.
  • Unfortunately, electronic images of the pass will not be accepted.

 

What should visitors expect?

  • Consider visiting a 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 RedwoodsFriday.org.
  • We encourage all park visitors to obey park rules.
  • Plan your trip by visiting RedwoodsFriday.org.
  • Share your experiences with us on social media using the hashtags #RedwoodsFriday and #CAStateParks.

 

Tips for visiting the outdoors

  • Redwoods Friday offers stunning scenery and fresh air, and the opportunity to exercise and connect 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, warm, water-resistant clothing and comfortable shoes, staying on designated trails, taking breaks, and letting people know where you are going and approximately what time you’re coming back.
  • Learn more about outdoor safety.

 

Can I bring my dog to a state park?

  • In general, dogs are permitted in most California state parks (with the exception of most state beaches) but must be on a leash not exceeding 6 feet in length at all times. Dogs are only allowed in the developed areas of parks; they are not allowed in park buildings or trails (unless the trail is designated as such). See more information about visiting with your dog.

 

How Redwoods Friday began

  • 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 vehicle day-use 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.

 

How is Redwoods Friday funded?

  • Redwoods Friday is supported by the generous 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 about California State Parks.
  • California’s state parks are for everyone. By offering Redwoods Friday free day-use passes, we hope to initiate thousands of new visits to our redwood state parks, inspire a love of nature, and establish a strong conservation ethic across diverse generations and communities.
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