Save the Redwoods League Announces Special Birthday Edition of ‘Free Second Saturday’ in 100+ parks statewide: 100 Parks for 100 Years

Special Birthday Edition of Free Second Saturday
Robin Carr, Landis Communications
Phone: (415) 766-0927 | Email: [email protected]
100+ Redwood National, State, Regional, County and Local Park Destinations Will Be Offering a Limited Number of Free Day-Use Passes for Saturday, October 13th

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SAN FRANCISCO (September 24, 2018) — To celebrate 100 years of saving California’s iconic redwood forests, Save the Redwoods League, California State Parks and 24 park agencies are offering free day-use admission to more than 100 redwood parks statewide on the second Saturday of October. This special edition of this popular program will take place on October 13 during celebration week. Passes are available for download at starting on September 26th at 8 a.m.

The goal of Free Second Saturdays, which has been running all year at 40+ Redwood State Parks, is to connect the people of California with these magnificent natural legacies, to inspire visitors with the beauty and power of the redwoods, and to celebrate Save the Redwoods League’s 100-year conservation legacy.

With October being the League’s official Centennial Celebration Month and 2018 having been declared the Year of the Redwoods by the California State Legislature (SR 100) — the League has expanded the group of parks partners to include national, regional, county and city parks, in addition to the state parks that have been participating each month, so that it has 100+ parks for its 100th birthday.

The passes cover day-use admission and parking fees to those parks where there are usually entrance fees. Passes for October 13 are available on a first-come, first-served basis at beginning September 26 at 8 a.m. Some of the participating parks are Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Calaveras Big Trees State Park and Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. Please visit to sign up as space is limited.

Please keep in mind:

  • For parks that are always free, no pass is required to participate.
  • For parks that require passes, the number of passes is limited. They will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis according to each park’s capacity.
  • Only one day-use pass is needed per vehicle, per park.
  • The pass covers day-use admission and parking fees. The 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 members at entry gates or displayed on vehicle dashboards if no personnel are on duty.
  • Electronic images of the pass will not be accepted.
  • Consider visiting a state park during off-peak hours – opening time to 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to closing time.
  • Visitors without passes are welcome, but must pay admission.
  • We encourage all park visitors to review and obey park rules.
  • Share your experiences with us on social media and tag them with #Stand4Redwoods and #FreeRedwoodsDays.
  • Select redwood parks are not participating in this promotion, including: Muir Woods, Yosemite, and Sequoia/Kings Canyon.

For detailed information, including a full list of participating parks, park operating hours and outdoor safety tips (external link), please visit

Free Second Saturdays will continue through the rest of 2018 at 40+ Redwood State Parks on:

  • November 10
  • December 8

“People come from around the world to walk among California’s ancient redwoods,” said Sam Hodder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Save the Redwoods League. “As part of our Centennial celebration, Save the Redwoods League is thrilled to host a free day in the redwood parks once a month all year long. We invite you to stand under the world’s tallest living creatures – the most powerful forest in the fight against climate change – and learn why we are working so hard to protect and restore it. We are celebrating our 100th birthday in the redwood parks, and we want you to join us!”

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