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The goal of The North Face Explore Your Parks Program is to stress the importance of creating and maintaining access to close-to-home recreation, while providing much-needed support for America's State Parks. We are encouraging people to get outdoors while highlighting the many unique places to explore nature within our state parks. Through this program The North Face will provide Activity Guide booklets and Park Passes or Camping Discounts, and support Camping Programs in these regions:

Bay Area

Chicago

Colorado

Georgia

Idaho

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Missouri

New York

Ohio

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Washington

Wisconsin

Texas

There is also a nationwide park locator to help you find a park close to you.

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Activity Guide

Click here for a downloadable Activity Guide.

Park Pass

Click here for a list of stores offering park passes or camping discounts.

Camping 101

The North Face is supporting first-time camping programs in 13 states to inspire deeper connections to the outdoors through overnight camping.

 

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Just out your doorstep are dozens of unique places that are yours to explore and enjoy. Recreational facilities, hiking trails, historical landmarks, lakes, rivers, natural areas, beaches and forests – they belong to you! Why is that? Because they’re part of our public lands, our unique state parks system.

 

There’s no better way to easily connect with nature, get some exercise in the outdoors, learn something new or just relax, than visiting your local state park. Let’s keep state parks healthy and available for future generations too. You can do that by visiting often and taking full advantage of the unique qualities of state parks, which are so vital to our country’s heritage. You can also spread the word to others, invite your friends and family and introduce your children to the wonders of public lands through visiting state parks.

 

Use this website to learn about fun activities that are nearby at your state parks. These are just some of the great recreational opportunities that are offered. What are you waiting for? Get out and explore!

 

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The following partners are working hard to preserve and protect parks, educate the public about the value of nature and the importance of being healthy and active in the outdoors. Thanks to them for making Explore Your Parks available nationwide!

California State Parks

California Department of Parks and Recreation manages more than 270 park units which contain the most diverse collection of natural, cultural, and recreational resources to be found within California. The parks reflect every ecosystem found throughout the state – from beaches to deserts, ancient forests to alpine peaks. California State Parks’ mission is to provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state's extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation.

Chicago Park District

The Chicago Park District owns more than 8,100 acres of green space, making it the largest municipal park manager in the nation. The Chicago Park District’s 580 parks offer thousands of sports and physical activities as well as cultural and environmental programs for youth, adults and seniors. The Chicago Park District oversees 26 indoor pools, 51 outdoor pools and 26 miles of lakefront that include 23 swimming beaches and one inland beach. With canoeing, batting cages, arts and crafts and more, there is no shortage of activities in Chicago’s parks.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Our mission is to perpetuate the wildlife resources of the state, to provide a quality state parks system, and to provide enjoyable and sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities that educate and inspire current and future generations to serve as active stewards of Colorado's natural resources. Colorado's 42 state parks attract more than 11 million visitors per year, offering exceptional settings for healthy, fun-filled outdoor recreation with family and friends that promote stewardship of our natural resources.

Georgia State Parks

The Department of Natural Resources’ Division of State Parks & Historic Sites manages more than 60 properties that preserve the state's environment and history. From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Colonial Coast, there is an exceptional variety of resources. These sites preserve plant and animal habitats, provide places to enjoy the outdoors and protect historic sites where future generations can learn about the past.

Idaho State Parks

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation manages 30 state parks. The agency manages a series of outdoor recreation grant programs that provide facilities and services to a wide variety of recreationists and the local governmental and nongovernmental organizations that serve them. The mission of the Idaho parks is to To improve the quality of life in Idaho through outdoor recreation and resource stewardship.

Maryland State Parks

Maryland has 66 state parks full of recreation opportunities ranging from nature walks to biking, boating, camping, kayaking, historical adventures and more! The mission of the Maryland Park Service is to manage the natural, cultural, historical and recreational resources to provide the best use for the benefit of people. Maryland residents and officials have worked hard to preserve public lands for everyone to enjoy – today, tomorrow and for generations to come.

Massachusetts State Parks

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) oversees 450,000 acres of parks and forests, beaches, bike trails, watersheds, dams and parkways, including more than 200 state parks and 31 campgrounds with 3200 campsites. Massachusetts State Parks offers countless opportunities to escape and enjoy the outdoors through camping, boating, swimming, mountain biking, horseback riding, rock climbing, picnicking, skiing, golfing, historical sites, educational programs and more. In addition, Massachusetts State Parks is dedicated to providing outdoor recreation opportunities for visitors of all abilities. Many parks are easily accessible via public transportation as well.

Michigan State Parks

Michigan State Parks offer four seasons of fun for all ages. With more than 100 state parks, hundreds of miles of trails, and thousands of lakes to explore, Michigan has a lifetime of memories waiting for you. New to the outdoors? There are more than 500 opportunities statewide to learn everything from archery to windsurfing with all the gear, guides and good times provided. Whether planning a five-day vacation or an after 5:00 getaway, make your destination Michigan State Parks and Recreation Areas.

Missouri State Parks

Missouri's state park system contains 85 state parks and historic sites plus the Roger Pryor Pioneer Backcountry. With more than 200,000 acres available to the public, the system includes homes of famous Missourians, Civil War battlefields; and reminders of yesterday such as gristmills and covered bridges. The state's most outstanding landscapes are preserved here for everyone's enjoyment – deep forests, glades, prairies and blue streams and lakes. The mission of the state park system is to preserve and interpret the state's most outstanding natural landscapes and cultural landmarks, and to provide outstanding recreational opportunities compatible with those resources.

New York State Parks

From the shores of Long Island to the mighty Niagara Falls, New York's 179 state parks offer countless opportunities to explore your natural environment, escape from the grind of the everyday and experience exciting new adventures. Beaches, boat launches, hiking trails, campsites, and golf courses all await. Many of the parks are accessible via public transportation as well, so you can explore nature on a moment’s notice.

Ohio State Parks

The Division of Parks manages 74 state parks in 60 counties with over 174,000 acres of land and water resources. Ohio State Parks host about 55 million visitor occasions each year. Most parks offer educational programming and special activities for visitors through seasonal naturalist programs and customer service initiatives. The mission of the Ohio State Parks is to enhance the quality of life through exceptional outdoor recreational experiences and sound resource management.

Oregon State Parks

The mission of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is to provide and protect outstanding natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreational sites for the enjoyment and education of present and future generations. Oregon's state parks are among the most popular in the U.S: their combined day-use and camping attendance of 41.5 million visitors (2010) consistently ranks the system among the ten most visited in the nation.

Pennsylvania State Parks

One of the largest state park systems in the country, Pennsylvania’s 120 state parks provide opportunities for adventure, learning and fun. Hike through centuries-old forests, challenge whitewater rapids, catch a glimpse of our wild elk herd or sleep under some of the starriest skies on the east coast. Camping, swimming, hiking and biking are popular pursuits, and, for the more adventurous, activities like rock climbing, kayaking, geocaching and sailing are available. So come and discover the natural spaces that have been protected and preserved for your enjoyment. Pennsylvania’s state parks await your arrival and welcome your stay.

Texas State Parks

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department manages 104 state parks, historical sites and natural areas. Its mission is to manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Texas Parks and Wildlife also provides protection for watersheds and endangered species, and contributes to the state’s overall public health and quality of life.

Washington State Parks

Washington’s 12-month Discover Pass allows you to enjoy millions of acres of recreation lands, including state parks, water-access points, heritage sites, wildlife and natural areas, trails and trailheads.  These varied locations are managed by: the Deparment of Fish and Wildlife, the Department of Natural Resources, Washington State Parks and One Front Door, an online service for accessing Washington’s natural resource agencies.  Visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov for more information on details about the Discover Pass.

Wisconsin State Parks

The Wisconsin State Park System provides places for outdoor recreation and for learning about nature and conservation. The 111 state parks, forests, recreation areas and trails cover more than 170,000 acres. Camping, hiking, bicycling, boating, canoeing and kayaking, horseback riding, hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing are among the many activities available throughout the state park system.