Engaging Outdoor Activities at Northwest Oregon Parks Offered Through Summer

 
 
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Engaging Outdoor Activities at Northwest Oregon Parks Offered Through Summer

Published 07/08/2013

(Portland, Oregon) - “Let's Go Camping” is the new mantra in Oregon's Willamette Valley and Columbia River Gorge, as state park rangers in the northwestern part of the state offer up a summer-long program of organized hiking, birding, disc golf and paddling experiences. Led by rangers, these events are a fun, friendly way to learn a new activity through dozens of events, continuing through September 3. Some activities require registration and a fee; most do not.

"We know people want to get out and have fun, but sometimes they don't know how to get started with something new," said Steve Janiszewski, State Parks Support Manager for the Willamette Valley and Columbia Gorge. "We'd think a friendly state park ranger can help break the ice."

Hiking tours are two hours of hiking through nature. Some are pet-friendly, all are free (some parks charge a $5 parking fee).

The birding programs including a two-hour walk and introduction to bird identification. Bring your own binoculars, or borrow one of ours. Free (some parks charge a $5 parking fee).

For those into disc golf, learn the rules and techniques, and get some hands-on experience with this new sport. $10 per person (includes parking fee).

The paddling programs include canoeing and kayaking, where a ranger will show you how, then you'll get into your own boat. $15 per person (includes parking fee).

Locations vary throughout the Willamette Valley and Columbia Gorge. All programs are open to ages 8 and up (8-14 must be accompanied by parent). To register, call toll free 888-953-7677, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Space is limited. A detailed list of parks, dates, and times is online here.

 

 
     

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