California kicks off 1st-ever state parks week with events all over Bay Area

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The first annual California State Parks Week began Tuesday, prompting events all across the San Francisco Bay Area and the rest of the state.

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The celebration, going until Saturday, aims to bring community events and in-person and virtual programming to some of the 279 state parks in California, which feature 5,200 miles of trails and 15,000 campsites.Tuesday's Land Acknowledgement Day marks the beginning of the week, which is being hosted by California State Parks, the Save the Redwoods League, Parks California and the California State Parks Foundation.

The two-mile walk will be followed by a story about the native peoples of the Mayacamas Mountains, told by campfire. The event is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and attendees are required to register online. Opportunities for the public to explore nature for mental health benefits on Thursday through hiking, journaling and even kite-flying will be available across the Bay Area at Butano State Park, Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, Mount Diablo State Park, Olompali State Historic Park and Sugarloaf Ridge State Park.

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