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All About California

State Facts

California was the 31st state to join the union. It became a state on September 9, 1850.

State facts about California

Capital - Sacramento

Abbreviation - CA

Nickname - The Golden State

Motto - Eureka - I have found it

Song - "I Love You, California"

Bird - California Valley Quail

Flower - California Poppy

Insect - California Dog-Face Butterfly

Area - approximately 163,707 square miles

Websites for studying about California

California State Symbols Games

Worksheets and puzzles for kids to learn more about California

A to Z Kids Stuff - California

Fun Educational Activities

The 50 States - California

From TeachersFirst. A comprehensive resource on California

Mr. - California

Mr. Donn has been online for as long as I can remember and he has one of the largest collections of social studies resources available. This is his collection of California resources.

Explore the States - California

From the Library of Congress. Games and stories of America's past.

50 - California

Facts & Trivia about California - California

Unique tourist attractions and landmarks in California

Awesome America - California

Loads of fun facts, photos, and travel information about California.

California Map/Quiz Printout

California State Quarters Coloring Pages

In 1999, the United States Mint began striking a new quarter about every ten weeks to honor one of the 50 states—that is, five new quarters every year—until the program ended. The quarters were struck in the same order as the states' birthdays.

Kids' literature featuring California

From balmy beach towns to Sierra snows, from desert palms to redwood forests, there is almost everything you could imagine in this state. Traveling in California with kids, stand among trees 1,000 years old, fly a Chinese kite in front of the Golden Gate, ride rapids through Gold Country, boogie board on endless beaches, get your picture taken with Minnie or Mickey Mouse at Disneyland, pet a baby cheetah at the San Diego Zoo, or watch the waves break at Big Sur. Don't miss the top picks section for children's books on California.

John Muir National Historic Site

John Muir: Man of the Mountains. The site preserves the Victorian home of the noted author and preservationist. Surrounded by almost 9 acres of fruit orchards and 326 acres of oak woodland, the site today is just a small piece of the original 2,600 acre ranch. The United States is forever indebted to the "Father of the National Park Service" for helping to preserve this country's greatest treasures.

California Virtual Field Trips

California Academy of Science CenterSan Francisco

Virtual field trip onlineThe new Academy's building will feature many exciting exhibits including the Rainforest, Pendulum, Planetarium, California Coast, Swamp, and more.

Martinez MuseumMartinez

Virtual field trip onlineOur present displays are part of the on-going effort to keep interest alive in our community's history and encourage repeat visitors. All displays, cataloguing, housekeeping, gardening, and other duties are performed by volunteers.

MCRD Command MuseumSan Diego

Virtual field trip onlineThe MCRD Command Museum boasts one of the most extensive and comprehensive displays of Marine Corps historical items in the Nation.The Museum has over 150,000 annual visitors and occupies 22,233 square feet of indoor space.

Paso Robles Pioneer MuseumPaso Robles

Virtual field trip onlineA walk on the grounds of the Pioneer Museum takes one back in time. An El Camino Real bell marks a walkway past a jail and farm equipment to a one-room schoolhouse.

Petersen Automotive MuseumLos Angeles

Virtual field trip onlineExplore the evolution of the Automobile and its impact on our culture. Experience the last 100 years of automotive history at our museum and here on our web site. There is always something new to discover for the whole family.

USC Fisher Museum of ArtLos Angeles

Virtual field trip onlineDiscover art spanning five centuries at USC Fisher Museum of Art, the museum of the University of Southern California and the first museum established in Los Angeles devoted exclusively to the exhibition and collection of fine art.

Whitaker-Jaynes Estate and the Bacon House MuseumsBuena Park

Virtual field trip onlineCome see new museum displays including the Lynx Women's Softball Team from the 1940s, a pictorial history of Buena Park's entertainment venues and photos of the Dreger Clock in various stages of its "life".

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