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Many symbols of California can be found in our California coloring pages section. This includes state map outlines, the flag, state flower, famous landmarks, state animals and other symbols of the region. These printables make a great resource for student reports.

Check out the California Unit of Study for all coloring pages, information, interactive puzzles, word jumbles, word searches, worksheets, and thematic book reviews. We even included a state quarter observation sheet!

State Name: California
State Nickname: The Golden State
State Capital: Sacramento
State Governor: Jerry Brown
State Abbreviation: Calif.
2 letter Postal Code: CA
Area: 158,693 square miles
Date Entered the Union: Sept. 9, 1850
State #: 31
Borders: Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, Pacific Ocean, Colorado River
California flagFlag Meaning: California became a Republic, independent from Mexico, on June 14, 1846. The grizzly bear was a symbol of great strength while the lone star made reference to the lone Star of Texas. The flag was adopted in 1911.
Number of U.S. Representatives: 53
State Motto: Eureka (I have found it)
State Flower: Golden Poppy
State Bird: Valley Quail
State Song: "I Love You, California"
State Tree: Redwood
State Mammal: California Grizzly Bear
State Reptile: Desert Tortoise
State Butterfly: California Dogface
State Fish: California Golden Trout
10 Largest Cities (in order of size): Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Long Beach, Fresno, Sacramento, Oakland, Santa Ana, Anaheim
Famous Residents:
- Shirley Temple Black actress, ambassador
- Dave Brubeck musician
- Julia Child chef
- Joe DiMaggio baseball player
- Robert Frost poet
- George E. Hale astronomer
- William Randolph Hearst publisher
- Marilyn Monroe actress
- Richard M. Nixon president
- George S. Patton, Jr. general
- Robert Redford actor
- John Steinbeck author
- Adlai Stevenson statesman
Attractions: Disneyland, Universal Studios, Hollywood, Muir Forest, San Franciso Bay, Mt. Palomar (largest reflector telescope), Yosemite National Park, Death Valley (nation's lowest point), Golden Gate Bridge, Sutter's Mill , Mt. Whitney, Mission San Carlos Borromeo, Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite National Park, Catalina Island, Tournament of Roses, Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Laguna Beach, Lick Observatory, Palm Springs, Petrified Forest, The Presidio, Big Basin Redwoods, Borrego and Anza Desert State Parks, Castle Crags, Del Norte Coast Redwoods, Mount Diablo, Mount Tamalpais, Prairie Creek Redwoods, Tule Elk Reserve
Agriculture: citrus, fruits, vegetables, wines
Industries: movies, tourism, beef and dairy, manufacturing, publishing, mining, fishing, textiles
Natural Resources: petroleum, gold, silver, iron, oil, lumber

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