California State Symbols

California State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

Cailfornia Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

California provides many choices for exploration and recreational activities through its beautiful beaches, splendid mountains, vineyards, and giant redwood forests. Attractions include visiting Disneyland and Hollywood, camping in the Muir Woods, and shopping on Rodeo Drive. California offers students many opportunities to dive into US culture and explore the American landscape.

California is nicknamed the "Golden State," and is the third largest state in area after Alaska and Texas. The discovery of gold and the immigration in 1849 of thousands of "forty-niners" in search of the precious metal helped California's admission into the Union in 1850. Today, California, land of the state's giant redwoods, has the highest population of any state in the nation and is America's principal agricultural state. It is also the home of Hollywood, the center of America's movie and television industry. Its capital is Sacramento and the state animal is the California grizzly bear.

California State Symbols contains descriptions and pictures of the state symbols, emblems, and mascots of the state, which can be quickly accessed. This resource guide represents many of California state facts such as California state symbols, the state flower, the state gemstone, the state insect, the state tree, the state bird, the state animal, the state flag that flies over California, and the capital, as well as many more symbols, emblems, and mascots.

California State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots


Symbol Name - (Species)

Amphibian California red-legged frog
(Rana draytonii)
Animal California Grizzly Bear
(Ursus californicus)
Bird California Valley Quail
(Lophortyx californica)
Colors Blue and Gold
Dance West Coast Swing Dance
Fabric Denim - 2016
Fife and Drum Band California Consolidated Drum Band
Freshwater fish Golden Trout
(Salmo agua-bonita
Flag State Flag
Flower Golden Poppy
Folk Dance Square Dance
Fossil Sabre-Toothed Cat
(Smilodon californicus)
Gemstone Blue Diamond

Gold Rush Ghost Town

Bodie, California


Purple Needlegrass
(Nassella pulchra)
Historical Society California Historical Society
Insect California Dogface Butterfly
(Zerene eurydice)
Lichen Lace lichen - July 15, 2015
Marine Fish Garibaldi
(Hypsypops rubicundus)
Marine Mammal California Grey Whale
(Eschrichtius robustus)
Marine Reptile Leatherback Sea Turtle
(Dermochelys coriacea)
Military Museum California State Military Museum and Resource Center
Mineral & Mineralogic
Motto "Eureka" (I have found it)
Nicknames The Golden State
Pet Shelter pet - September 3, 2015
Poet Laureate 1915 - 1928 Ina Donna Coolbrith
1929 - 1931 Dr. Henry Meade Bland
1933 - 1944 John Steven McGroarty
1953 - 1961 Gordon W. Norris
1966 - 2000 Charles Garrigus
2005 - 2008 Al Young
2008 - 2011 Carol Muske-Dukes
Prehistoric Artifact Chipped Stone Bear
Quarter California State Quarter
Reptile Desert Tortoise
(Gopherus agasizzi)
Rock & Lithologic Emblem Serpantine
Seal Great Seal
Silver Rush Ghost Town Calico
Soil San Joaquin Soil
Song "I Love You, California"
Tall Ship Californian
Tartan State Tartan
Theatre Pasadena Playhouse
Tree California Redwood and Giant Seuoia
(Taxodiaceae Sequoia sempervirens) &
(Taxodiaceae Sequoiadendron giganteum)
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