If you are yearning for the outdoors while abiding by the stay-at-home order, the California State Parks has online resources and tours to help brighten your day.
While the COVID-19 health crisis and need to slow the virus’ spread has required the closure of some of our state parks, and closed parking and modified usage at all of our parks, there are several ways to bring the beauty and history of our state parks indoors thanks to the California State Parks’ website.
California State Parks is broadcasting its Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students (PORTS) from locations throughout the state, helping students learning from home to access our natural resources and cultural heritage from their home computers.
Families and teachers can register for free K-12 programs online here. Lessons are sorted by grade level and time/day.
California State Parks also has an array of virtual tours available. For example, you can take a virtual tour of Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park, which has one of the best preserved rock art sites in California and of the Chumash people. The tours, along with other resources, are available on the PORTS website.
And for real-time views from our state parks, check out the Parks’ Live Video Gallery.
Piedras Blancas Seal Cam, which streams from Hearst San Simeon State Park, is particularly fun, and comes complete with sounds of the surf and sunbathing elephant seals.