If you are a frequent visitor of state parks in the Golden State, California has a new passport app for you aimed at improving access and engagement across 280 parks.
“Spending time outside has many proven benefits almost as numerous as we have parks in this state, improving mental and physical health, inspiring creativity and connection, and helping visitors discover their world,” said California State Parks Director Armando Quintero in a press release. “Plus, it’s fun! This new Passport Program adds a layer of play that’ll help entice new visitors – especially digital natives and folks more accustomed to screens and feeds than streams and fields – to find that out for themselves.”
The passport allows visitors to check in at each park they visit and receive a digital badge that will turn into a collection after enough visits to parks across the state.
The app uses OuterSpatial, a technology platform designed to support outdoor organizations and used by more than 150 parks and recreation organizations, according to the announcement.