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Oregon State Parks Foundation

Oregon State Parks Foundation is the only statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing Oregon state parks. We work to enrich the park experience for generations to come.
888 SW 5th Ave., Suite 1600, Portland, OR 97204-2099
Phone: (503) 802-5750
http://www.oregonstateparksfoundation.org | info@oregonstateparksfoundation.org
What does a $100 contribution do for this organization?
* Provides gear, food, and hands-on instruction for an Oregon family's first-time camping experience
How do volunteers make a difference for this organization?
Volunteers are critical to the success of Oregon state parks. In 2013, of the 1,929,000 total hours contributed to the state park system, more than 28 percent of these hours were provided by volunteers: campground hosts, friends groups and the Oregon State Parks Foundation. Without these volunteer hours, the state park system could not operate as it does today.

The Oregon State Parks Foundation (formerly Oregon State Parks Trust) is the only statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing Oregon's unique state park system. Our mission is to enrich the park experience for generations to come—from protecting Oregon's prized natural areas and restoring our state's historic places to establishing interpretive and educational programs for the benefit of all park visitors. Since its creation in 1995, the Foundation has provided more than $8.5 million on behalf of Oregon state parks through the generous support of private donors and foundations. These contributions have restored Vista House at Crown Point, maintained Oregon’s Lighthouses, provided interpretive signage at historic locations throughout Oregon, and purchased land to create and expand multiple state parks.

We couldn't do this important work without help from Oregonians like you. Please help us continue the legacy of Oregon's outstanding state park system and to enrich the park experience for generations to come.

Current Initiatives

Let's Go Camping: The Let's Go Camping program offers Oregon families their first camping experience by providing free gear, instruction and hands-on activities. This summer, Let's Go Camping weekends at 16 state parks throughout Oregon will include sessions on tent set-up, Leave No Trace outdoor ethics, hiking essentials, fire safety and Dutch oven cooking. In 2013, the Valleys Region of Oregon State Parks has expanded the Let's Go program to include ranger-led activities in a variety of areas—kayaking, canoeing, disc golfing, hiking and birding—all at no or low cost to Oregon's children and families.

Cottonwood Canyon State Park: In September 2013, this incredible natural area along the John Day River will become Oregon’s first new state park dedicated in a generation. Over the next few years, work will continue on an extensive network of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding, as well as the addition of an experience center for park visitors.

Our Successes

With more than 18 years of past projects, archiving our successes is an ongoing project. Highlights include:

  • Raising more than $2 million for the restoration of Vista House, which included upgrades to ensure full ADA accessibility in addition to interior site improvements and new interpretive signage
  • Leading a $1.5 million campaign to preserve and restore the Kam Wah Chung & Co. Museum, ensuring the project's completion three years ahead of schedule
  • Creating a successful capital campaign to preserve and enhance seven iconic Oregon Coast Lighthouses, including the recent comprehensive restoration of Heceta Head Lighthouse
  • Securing funds for the initial phase of development at Fort Yamhill State Heritage Area, Oregon's first archaeological state park
  • Updating interpretive displays in the visitor center at Champoeg State Heritage Area

Please visit our website for a comprehensive list of projects by region.

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