Environment & Science

Could Redwood Friday be the new Black Friday?

A woman stands amongst a grove of a Giant Sequoia trees in the Sequoia National Park in Central California on October 11, 2009. The oldest known Giant Sequoia, based on its ring count, is 3,500 years old.
A woman stands amongst a grove of a Giant Sequoia trees in the Sequoia National Park in Central California on October 11, 2009. The oldest known Giant Sequoia, based on its ring count, is 3,500 years old.
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Forget Black Friday. The people who runs California's state parks want you to see red.

All state parks with redwood trees are giving out free parking passes on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.

Adeline Yee with California State Parks says Redwoods Friday offers an alternative for people who want to avoid shopping.

"To see these trees and to connect with your family and friends on a day that is normally known for being really crazy is a great opportunity," she told KPCC.

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redwood tree forest park california
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The parking passes are expected to go fast, so visit savetheredwoods.org to pick from what's there.

Coastal redwoods are the tallest trees on earth, sometimes reaching higher than the Statue of Liberty. They can live for more than 2,000 years.

If you haven't seen them, do it now. Only 5 percent of old-growth redwoods still exist after extensive logging during the last hundred years.

Coastal Redwood trees stand at Muir Woods National Monument on August 20, 2013 in Mill Valley, California.
Coastal Redwood trees stand at Muir Woods National Monument on August 20, 2013 in Mill Valley, California.
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