Save the Redwoods League to Provide Free Day-Use Admission for Anyone Who Visits a Participating California Redwood State Park on the Day After Thanksgiving

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Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

Conservation nonprofit and California State Parks invite everyone to start a new Black Friday tradition

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SAN FRANCISCO (November 18, 2015) — Save the Redwoods League, the only nonprofit organization in the world dedicated to protecting redwood forests throughout their natural ranges, today announced Free Friday in the Redwoods — free admission to 49 participating California redwood state parks on Black Friday, November 27, 2015.

On the day after Thanksgiving, Save the Redwoods League and California State Parks invite everyone to bring their friends and families to explore a beautiful redwood state park. The shopping — and the leftovers — can wait. Thanksgiving is about sharing time with friends and family, and appreciating our many shared blessings. Redwood parks are uniquely suited for both! So come to a redwood state park; free admission sponsored by Save the Redwoods League is the best bargain you’re going to find this Black Friday!

“Thanksgiving is a great American tradition,” said Sam Hodder, president and chief executive officer of Save the Redwoods League. “This year, Save the Redwoods League wants to make it even better. We are starting a new tradition for Black Friday. We invite everyone to experience the moments of joy, renewal and inspiration that you’ll find among our natural wonders, the ancient giant redwoods.”

“California State Parks and Save the Redwoods League have worked together for more than 80 years to provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to protect its most valued natural resources,” said California State Parks Director, Lisa Mangat. “Free Friday in the Redwoods continues that tradition, inviting everyone to enjoy one of our greatest treasures, the redwood forest.”

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: All visitors wishing to enjoy Free Redwood Parks Day must go to to download and print a paper Free Redwood State Parks Day-Use Pass, which must be presented to state park staff at the entry gate. If no state parks employee is on duty, the pass must be displayed on their vehicle’s dashboard. Free admission is good for day-use only. Day-use hours are typically 8 a.m. to sunset. Recreational activities at individual parks may vary. Examples include walking, hiking, biking and picnicking. Please check California Redwood State Park you wish to visit for hours and activities. Links to each park are at

EDITORS ALSO NOTE: Free trip guides and brochures also available on our website. To access B-roll or redwood state park images please visit our news resources page.

For more information, visit or follow the hashtags #OptOutside #IntoTheRedwoods at and at

Participating California Redwoods State Parks and Partnering Cooperating Associations/ Friends Groups

Near the Bay Area

Annadel SP
Bothe-Napa Valley SP
Jack London SHP
Mount Tamalpais SP
Samuel P. Taylor SP

California State Parks Foundation
Jack London Park Partners

Santa Cruz

Big Basin Redwoods SP
Butano SP
Castle Rock SP
Henry Cowell Redwoods SP
Portola Redwoods SP
The Forest of Nisene Marks SP
Wilder Ranch SP

Mountain Parks Foundation
Portola and Castle Rock Foundation
Sempervirens Fund


Andrew Molera SP
Garrapata SP
Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP
Limekiln SP
Pfeiffer Big Sur SP

North Coast Redwoods

Admiral William Standley SRA
Benbow Lake SRA
Del Norte Coast Redwoods SP
Fort Humboldt SHP
Grizzly Creek Redwoods SP
Harry A. Merlo SRA
Humboldt Lagoons SP
Humboldt Redwoods SP
Jedediah Smith Redwoods SP
John B. Dewitt Redwoods SNR
Patrick’s Point SP
Prairie Creek Redwoods SP
Richardson Grove SP
Sinkyone Wilderness SP
Smithe Redwoods SNR
Standish-Hickey SRA

Humboldt Redwoods Interpretive Association
Redwood Parks Association
National Park Service

Sonoma-Mendocino Coast

Armstrong Redwoods SNR
Austin Creek SRA
Fort Ross SHP
Hendy Woods SP
Jug Handle SNR
Kruse Rhododendron SNR
Mailliard Redwoods SNR
Mendocino Headlands SP
Mendocino Woodlands SP
Montgomery Woods SNR
Navarro River Redwoods SP
Russian Gulch SP
Salt Point SP
Sonoma Coast SP
Van Damme SP

Fort Ross Conservancy
Hendy Woods Community
Mendocino Area Parks Association
Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods

Sierra Nevada

Calaveras Big Trees SP

Calaveras Big Trees Association

SP: State Park | SNR: State Natural Reserve | SRA: State Recreation Area | SHP: State Historic Park

About Save the Redwoods League

Walk through a redwood forest—home of the tallest, largest and some of the oldest living beings on Earth—and you can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of awe and peace among these magnificent giants. Since 1918, Save the Redwoods League has led the effort to protect coast redwoods and giant sequoias for all to experience and enjoy. To date, the League has protected nearly 200,000 acres of redwood forest and associated land from southern Oregon to the Big Sur coastline of central California. As part of that effort, the organization has created and expanded 63 redwood parks and preserves that inspire awestruck visitors from around the world. For more information, visit

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Free Day-Use Admission to 49 State Parks on Friday


Save the Redwoods League today announced Free Friday in the Redwoods — free admission to 49 participating California redwood state parks on Black Friday, November 27, 2015.