Hiker overlooks a super bloom in Carrizo Plain National Monument.
Carrizo Plain Super Bloom Hiker overlooks a super bloom in Carrizo Plain National Monument. © Sue Pollock

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Free Entrance Days in the National Parks


On five days in 2019, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. There are two free days left this year:

Get out and explore our public lands!

Below are just a few of the public lands in California that TNC has helped established with your help.

  • Carrizo Plain National Monument: TNC acquired tens of thousands of acres to consolidate land ownership and lay the groundwork for conservation management and lasting protection of this important piece of California’s natural heritage. Our scientific and technical guidance is proving new ways to graze cattle that allow for endangered species recovery. 
  • Mojave Trails National Monument:  TNC assessed the conservation value of the entire Mojave Desert and found that California could meet its renewable energy mandate seven times over while still protecting the Mojave’s most important habitat.
  • Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument: TNC was involved in the creation of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument as a member of the Blue Ridge Berryessa Natural Area Conservation Partnership, which promoted collaborative conservation of the natural and working landscape in the Blue Ridge Berryessa Natural Area. The Natural Area later became part of the monument.   
  • Sand to Snow National Monument: TNC acquired Big Morongo Canyon Preserve and Mission Creek Canyon in the 1990s and worked with partners, both local groups and the Bureau of Land Management, to deed them the properties and establish anchors in a broader landscape for conservation. These conservation achievements were the initial foundation for setting Sand to Snow on a course for national monument status.
  • Pinnacles National Park: TNC played a key role in the acquisition of the 2,000-acre Pinnacles Ranch in 2006, a major step in the establishment of Pinnacles National Park in 2013. The only protected public land in the Gabilan Range, Pinnacles provides a refuge for a remarkable array of native flora and fauna, including California condors. The national park is also one of only five places where captive-bred California condors are released in western North America. In 2010, it was home to a wild condor nest, the first documented in the area since 1898. Pinnacles is famous for its rare talus caves, formed when narrow canyons filled with gigantic boulders that toppled from the mountains above. These provide habitat for Townsend big-eared bats and California red-legged frogs. The park also has the highest density of bee species in the world.
  • California Coastal National Monument: Designated in 2017, the California Coastal National Monument includes the Cotoni-Coast Dairies property in Santa Cruz County, extending from the slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains to the coastal terraces overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The Cotoni-Coast Dairies property provides important riparian and wetland habitats. Stream corridors lined with red alder and arroyo willow trees give shade to spawning anadromous and freshwater fish, while also supplying water to the City of Santa Cruz and surrounding communities.

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