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Kam Wah Chung Building

May featured park: Kam Wah Chung 

Asian American Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander ANHPI HERITAGE MONTH

Asian American Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage (AANHPI) Month is a time to reflect upon and celebrate the remarkable achievements of the AANHPI community in our nation’s history. Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander people represent a vast range of unique and diverse cultures and countries. Several years ago, Oregon Park Forever helped fund raise to preserve an important outpost of Chinese history in John Day, OR. 
The Kam Wah Chung & Co. Museum building and collections represents a legacy and the contributions of Chinese emigrants in the settlement of the West. For over fifty years, the business enterprises and medical practice of Kam Wah Chung & Co. owners Lung On and Ing Hay served the city of John Day and the greater eastern Oregon community. The Kam Wah Chung collection of documents, artifacts, and medicinal materials within hold great wealth of information for a broader understanding of western history and the promise of extensive future scholarship. What's the story?
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Hiker Biker Pod at South Beach

New hiker-biker camp rolled out at South Beach

Oregon Parks Forever is pleased to announce the installation of the newest hiker-biker campsite at South Beach, Newport, OR. These shelters provide campers with a facility to lock up their gear and food, charge electronics, fill their water bottles, and perform minor repairs on their bikes, such as inflating tires. A fire pit and rustic seating completes the campsite.

We have funded the installation of hiker-biker pods at nine state parks along the Oregon Coast: Fort Stevens, Devil’s Lake, Cape Blanco, Harris Beach, Cape Lookout, Nehalem Bay State Parks, Honeyman State Park, and our newest at South Beach. The Beverly Beach hiker-biker pod will be completed later this summer. These amenities serve the growing number of bike visitors to state parks. Expanding services for recreational bicyclists from around the world will promote increased physical activity, decrease car traffic, and contribute to economic development by attracting more bicycle tourism.  Read more
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Davids Chair at the Beach

Upcoming events to celebrate summer

Track Chair Rental Week May 23-28
Track Chair Rental Week is coming to Wilsonville, Tuesday 5/23 - Sunday 5/28 to celebrate Mobility Awareness Month (May)! Wilsonville Parks and Recreation has teamed up with non-profit group David's Chair to bring FREE action track chair rentals to Wilsonville.
JUNE 3 Celebrate State Parks Day with free parking and free RV and tent site camping at all Oregon State Parks on June 3 as well as special events at selected parks. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will waive day-use parking fees at the 25 locations that charge them June 3 and June 4. OPRD will also waive camping fees for all tent, RV and horse campsites June 3.
Several free special events and service projects are planned to celebrate State Parks Day:
Cove Palisades: Festival of the Land is a free festival that celebrates the diverse history, food and culture of Central Oregon 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event includes: archeology hikes, kids’ games and activities, petting “zoo”, mini farmers market, pollinator, wildfire and fish displays, fry bread and more.
Smith Rock: Trail Keepers of Oregon will lead a group of volunteers on some trail maintenance projects on trails in the park 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Bring snacks, lunch, water and work gloves. Free. Registration required.
Valley of the Rogue: Veteran’s Powwow 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 3 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 4. The event includes a powwow ceremony with gourd dancing and vender booths. It is open to all veterans, tribal members or not.
Honeyman: An educational film screening will be held at the Amphitheater located in B loop overnight campground from 1 to 3 p.m. Park at the Sand Dunes Day use parking area and walk to the amphitheater, or find limited parking by the campground registration booth. This event is weather dependent.
L.L. Stub Stewart: The Friends of Stub Stewart State Park will have booths and tables set up all around the Welcome Center building dedicated to local fire departments, state forestry agencies and volunteer organizations. Free snacks and refreshments provided by the friends group, in addition to arts and crafts activities and interpretive displays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Luckiamute: Discover the birds that call Luckiamute Natural Area home by participating in Bird Bingo 9 a.m. to noon. Register online. Participants who pre-register will receive a bingo card on the day of the event that consists of birds and plants that are common in the park. The activity begins with a Ranger led casual stroll along the North Luckiamute Trail. We will supply Binoculars to all registered participants.
Sitka Sedge: Join Park staff for a guided hike at Sitka Sedge State Natural Area to learn about the local plants and wildlife 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meet at the Sitka Sedge State Natural Area Parking Lot off of Sandlake Road. Dress for the weather, bring water and a snack. The first half mile is flat on packed gravel that is accessible for strollers and wheelchairs.
Fishing is also free statewide June 3 and 4, courtesy of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW).
JUNE 16 Those now-famous all-terrain electric wheelchairs known as track chairs have made their mark on the Oregon coast. A third is on the horizon, as Florence  hosts the inaugural David’s Chair Florence Beach Day Excursion June 16. This unique event will give a few lucky individuals a chance to roam the area's beaches for a couple of hours, and it gives others a rundown on how the David's Chair organization may establish a permanent track chair presence in town.

Membership Gifts for Summer Celebrations

The Summer season arrives soon. Give your dads, grads, and summer birthday celebrants what they really want and can use. while supporting Oregon Parks Forever's work to make experiences in the outdoors accessible and fun for all.

P.S. We have some special memberships that come  with some great thank you premiums that also make good presents for family and friends.  Find out more...
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Oregon posters & your photos make memories

For an interesting keepsake from your trip to Oregon's great outdoor places, check out our new posters, as well. And If you have a photo you would like to make into a poster, click on the link.
Oregon Parks Forever is a statewide, member-supported nonprofit dedicated to raising funds to enhance and preserve special places and experiences in Oregon's parks. We do not own or manage any public lands. We raise funds for programs and projects to enhance the experience of using federal, state, local, and tribal parks. Comments regarding individual parks or park issues should be directed to the respective public land manager.
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