31st State (September 9, 1850), the west coast U.S.
State Abbreviation: CA
Nickname: The Golden State
Origin of Name: Named by the Spanish after Califia, for the
mythical earthly paradise in a book called Las Sergas de Esplanidian,
written by Garcia Ordonez de Montalvo in 1510.
Things to Know
Valley, in southern California, is the lowest point in the U.S.
It's 282 feet below sea level. It is the lowest, hottest, driest
location in North America.
The highest point in the continental United States (which don't
include Alaska and Hawaii) is also in California: Mt.
Whitney, which is 14,496 feet above sea level.
Major Rivers: Colorado River, Sacramento River, San Joaquin River,
A desert located in the southwestern United States. It is situated within the Mojave Desert and features the lowest, driest, and hottest locations in North America. Badwater, a basin located within Death Valley has thelowest elevation in North America at 282 ft (85.5 m ) below sea level.
M. Nixon, 37th President of the U.S.
fact sheet on President Richard M. Nixon provides you with
photos and personal information.
K. Ride, astronaut and first American woman in space
Ansel Adams (1902-1984), photographer
Things to Do
California State Bird and State Flower Printable Color Page.
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Sites to See
Online database of California shipwrecks. Articles and stories about
more than a dozen California shipwrecks. Video and audio clips
relating to California maritime history.
Learn about the Mojave Desert in the southeastern region of California.
Visit this PBS site that gives some fun facts and history about the Gold Rush.
Saw The Elephant
Learn what the phase "they saw the elephant" meant to the miners.
The California Gold Rush a short history.
The Science of Earthequakes-What is an earthquake?
Animations for Earthquake Terms and Concepts
Your Own Seismograph
Learn about and build your own seismograh.
Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake And Fire
Historical information about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake from
the Museum of the City of San Francisco.
USGS Puzzles and Games-Earthquakes
Native Americans of California
Kumeyaay(Diegueño) of San Diego County & Baja
Original inhabitants of San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area.
Yosemite Miwok Indians
Lived around California's Central Coast
Chumash Rock Paintings
Things To Do-Other Sites
Read about the California State Quarter and print out the color page.
America The Beautiful Quarters-Yosemite color page
California Indian Basket Coloring Page
California Gold Rush Word Puzzle
Grizzly Bear Dot-to-Dot
California State Flag
California Gold Rush color page-Chinese miners
A California Alphabet & Coloring Book
From the USDA Farm Service Agency (pdf file)
San Diego Zoo-Mountain Lions
The Kids Times-Gray Whales (pdf)
Information about gray whales.
Whale Color Page
Whale Coin Toss Game
Explore the Gold Rush.
Stories to Read
Tribes of Alta and Baja California
The Origin Of Yosemite
Legend of the Man-eating
Legend of How El Capitan Grew