PORTS News

See how PORTS is re-imagining the field trip with it's new passPORTS Project!

Through a new partnership with CUE and Parks California, California State Parks is re-imagining how K-12 students connect with our parks. Click here to find pre-made teacher resources including the California State Parks Reading List, our NGSS Phenomenon Bank and so much more!

PORTS to contribute audio recordings to the Sounds of Your Park initiative

April 26, 2021

With support from Parks California, PORTS Program now has the equipment to capture high-quality audio recordings of California State Parks and marine protected areas. The recordings will be contributed to the Sounds of Your Park initiative, a project spearheaded by the National Park Service, Parks Canada, the IUCN, and the George Wright Society, among others.

PORTS On-Demand Programs booked for 2020/2021 school year!

April 15, 2021

It's been quite a year since the inception of the global health crisis. Learn how PORTS adapted during COVID-19, created more digital K-12 resources than ever before, booked all live, synchronous distance learning opportunities and get a glimpse into what's in store for 2021/2022!

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Inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards with passPORTS

December 4, 2020

Connecting with California State Parks as a child inspired Parker Grand, California State Parks PORTS Program Interpreter, to pursue a career sharing the natural, cultural, and historic resources of our parks. But can we still inspire future generations to preserve our public outdoor spaces during a pandemic?

Climb High and Dive Deep with PORTS

October 23, 2020

Fans of California State Parks can now virtually explore the tops of the tallest trees to the depths of a submarine canyon thanks to a new partnership with Timelooper. Utilizing 360° cameras and three-dimensional (3D), augmented reality (AR) design, the two new apps highlight unique and often inaccessible habitats such as the towering canopy of a coast redwood tree and the ocean floor of a kelp forest. Curious explorers can now access these State Parks treasures from the comfort of their own homes.

PORTS Program Takes Over Lake Tahoe With Virtual Underwater Programs and More

October 16, 2020

Last week, PORTS Program joined the California State Parks Dive Team for their “Total Tahoe Takeover.” Working with Sierra District interpretive staff, PORTS offered multiple livestreamed programs from Emerald Bay, D. L. Bliss, and Ed Z’berg Sugar Pine Point State Parks. The week’s grand finale included an hour-long underwater PORTS Home Learning Program watched live by hundreds of viewers tuning in from home.

State Parks Reached Thousands with Virtual Earth Day 2020 Celebration

April 24, 2020

California State Parks celebrated the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, with virtual events that reached more than 135,000 on Facebook, where the virtual events were hosted. Additional posts on Instagram and Twitter promoting the Earth Day events reached an additional 272,000 people. Leveraging the power of social media and the talent of the State Parks interpretive team, the department offered hourly livestream events and prerecorded videos throughout the day with posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.