Orange County Parks in Southern California is regionally known as OC Parks and encompasses regional, wilderness and historical facilities, as well as coastal areas. OC Parks award-winning parks and programs are enjoyed by millions of residents and visitors each year, featuring 60,000 acres of parkland, open space and shoreline.
OC Parks’ facilities offer something for just about everyone, whether for recreation, enjoying nature, or learning about the history of Orange County. OC Parks is committed to managing land and facilities in a way that maximizes their enjoyment by the public, while properly maintaining and overseeing them, so they are available for generations to come.
When you think about the weather in Southern California, most would say it’s nothing above 72 degrees and gets maybe a slight breeze in the winter. Consistently sunny and in a climate that is tolerable for all activities with no extremes whatsoever. I am here to tell you that those “California days” are few and far between, and boy would you be surprised how much the weather plays a factor in our day to day operations! I can tell you that we get not only fires, but I have seen frost, floods, extreme temperature fluctuations, and high winds that threaten our delicate parks and ecosystems on an almost weekly basis. Southern California may not have the severe weather you frequently see on “The Weather Channel”; however, it’s enough to make even a short hike through a wilderness park potentially a life or death situation when not prepared.