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Image caption: Kindergartners during recess at Redwood Heights Elementary School in Oakland.
Our Students Need More Recess

More frequent outdoor breaks can improve student attention, reduce behavior problems. Over the last decade, a growing list of U.S. states‚ÄĒincluding Missouri, Florida and New Jersey‚ÄĒhave mandated daily recess. California joined the trend in late 2023.

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Day Hiker: Hiking Mammoth Bar to Murderer’s Bar Rapids

When I worked for California State Parks in the Auburn State Recreation Area, I found Mammoth Bar. Most know this as the OHV Park with noisy and smelly motorcycles.  But have you ever been on a day that wasn‚Äôt open ‚Ķ

Image caption: Sign up for a free spin through the Capitol Building and its gardens.
20 Free Things to Do in Sacramento County

Home to the state capital, Sacramento County offers many amusements for visitors and locals alike. But only some require no cash outlay.

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Future of Folsom’s iconic City Park train in hands of City Council

For more than three decades, local resident Terry Gold has operated and maintained the small scale Folsom Valley Railroad that is an iconic part of Folsom’s Lions Park.  With retirement and a residential relocation in sight for Gold, the future …

Image caption: The Baldwin Hills area in South Los Angeles is one region where a state conservancy would keep open land accessible to the public.
California’s 10 State Conservancies: How They Protect Parks and Open Land

How California’s 10 state conservancies buy up open land and shield it from developers to preserve the natural environment for public use.

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Board Approves Parks Fee Schedule Update

Fees Adjusted to Ensure Sacramento County Services Can Maintain OperationsOriginal article published at Carmichael Times

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Family Sponsors Jensen Memorial

Botanical Preserve is a Jewel in Carmichael's Park District

Image caption: Conservation director Bryan Largay helps the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County choose its priorities.
A Conversation with California Conservationist Bryan Largay

The conservation director of Land Trust of Santa Cruz talks about the highlights of his work, and some of the issues he sees in maintaining California’s parks.

Image caption: The California Constitution was written, in English and Spanish, at Colton Hall, at the time the largest municipal building west of the Rockies.
Hidden History in the Birthplace of California

Pam Marino of Monterey County Weekly reports that the city government there is grappling with a unique problem: How to provide access to the places that make Monterey ‚Äúthe most historic city in California.‚ÄĚ

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El Dorado Hills Community Services District park parties bring communities together

Continuing ‚Äúpark party‚ÄĚ tradition, the El Dorado Hills Community Services District hosted a free public party to highlight a local park and historic site on June 28 at Fairchild Park, 3025 Brackenwood Place, in El Dorado Hills.

Image caption: The Delta King, a paddlewheel riverboat with hotel rooms and a live theater, docked on the Old Sacramento Waterfront
Old Sacramento Waterfront Reboots

After hitting pause during the Covid-19 pandemic, city officials are once again trying to revitalize the popular but aging Old Sacramento Waterfront.

Image caption: The newly opened Presidio Tunnel Tops provides free entertainment in pricy San Francisco.
Cheaper Thrills

California has some top-notch tourist attractions‚ÄĒwith top-shelf prices. Here are some that won‚Äôt break the bank.

Image caption: A red-tailed hawk on a light pole overlooking downtown Santa Cruz.
Citizen Science

Sometimes making the community better manifests as a better understanding of how nature works. Local birders lead the way.

Image caption: There are more than 300 community service districts in California.
Community Services Districts, Explained

Community service districts can do most anything a city government can do. Here’s how they work and how to start one.

Image caption: The ski resort once called 'Squaw Valley' has changed its name, which resort owners acknowledged was racist and sexist.
Ski Resort Changes ‚ÄėDerogatory, Offensive‚Äô Name

The name change of one of California’s most historic ski resorts is part of a statewide and national trend to reexamine offensive place names.

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