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CA State Parks - Office of Community Involvement

Did you know that CA State Parks – Office of Community Involvement (“OCI”) offers outdoor recreation leadership trainings for community organizations, public agencies, and young people statewide?

These 3-day, 2-night trainings bring communities from across California together for an immersive camping experience. Participants are equipped with basic camping and group management skills and empowered to experience and share the benefits of nature.

Outdoor Recreation Leadership is focused on equipping community leaders, program coordinators, and professionals with the knowledge and tools to incorporate more outdoor education and recreation into their programming. Participants regularly report increased confidence teaching and leading others on outdoor recreation trips. Graduates also receive a two-year certification to take others camping via FamCamp® a program that provides campsites and equipment for community use at select California State Parks.

Outdoor Youth Connection is a leadership development program for youth ages 13 – 17. We partner with agencies across California who are currently working with youth to foster opportunities for young people to have transformative experiences in nature. Youth who participate report increased feelings of self-worth, confidence to lead, and dedication to their community.

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