New Website Makes Planning California Eco-outings Easy

Jan 12, 2010, 15:32 ET from GreenInfo Network

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- As families in California and nationwide seek more affordable trips, a non-profit organization has responded with a new website that provides easy access to all outdoor recreational opportunities in California.

"If you like to play outside, this is the first-stop website for you," said Sam Schuchat, executive officer of the California Coastal Conservancy.

The new site is perfect for planning short or long hikes, camping trips, boating trips, bird watching, picnics and other recreational outings.

Families may easily search for more than 15,000 parks and open spaces in the Golden State. The site includes all public campgrounds and major trails, along with transit and driving directions, maps, satellite and 3D views of parks. People simply type in a city or zip code to find opportunities in any given area, or just zoom to an area on the map.

"Whether you're enjoying a 'staycation' or visiting the San Francisco Bay Area for the first time, this website is an excellent resource to help people plan their visits to national treasures like Muir Woods, Alcatraz and more," said Greg Moore, executive director of the Parks Conservancy, the non-profit partner of Golden Gate National Parks. "The website is a launching pad for exploration of our parks and open spaces and makes it easy to reduce our carbon footprint and give a boost to preservation efforts."

Choices include the deserts of San Diego, the mountains around Los Angeles, the lakes and reservoirs of the Sierra Foothills, the regional parks of the San Francisco area, the national wildlife refuges in the Sacramento Valley and much more.

Roy Stearns, deputy director of California State Parks, added, "We're proud to support this gateway into all the exciting outdoor recreation opportunities our state has to offer."

Larry Orman, executive director of the GreenInfo Network, said, "This website is a time saver. Everything about parks and open space in California is in one place."

GreenInfo Network ( is a non-profit organization that provides mapping and information technology to public interest groups and agencies. It has created as a public service ~ with support from a number of foundations, non-profits and public agencies.

Contact: Larry Orman, 415-979-0343 x302 or

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