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Ticket2Ride set to resume trips for Spring 2022

Dear Friend,
Oregon Parks Forever is ready to resume support for park field trips starting as early as Spring 2022 through our Ticket2Ride program! Funds are available to support transportation costs or field trips for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders from Title One Schools. Teachers can submit an application online, and contact Ward Johnson with any questions at ward@orparksforever.org. Learn more about Ticket2Ride on the Oregon Parks Forever website.

August Featured Park:
Champoeg State Heritage Area

Nestled along the banks of the Willamette River between Newburg and Woodburn, Champoeg State Heritage Area was created in 1901 when a small parcel of land was donated to the state. Multiple land additions have brought the park to its current size of 678 acres. The prairie was long home to the Kalyapuya tribe, who hunted, fished, and gathered Camas bulbs along the river’s edge. It was also home to the first provisional seat of government in Oregon.

Visitors to Champoeg will find both history and nature at the park, which includes a year-round campground, hiking trails, group facilities, picnic sites, and a disc golf course. The day-use area, a visitor’s center, pioneer memorial building, and an 1860’s-style garden and barn preserve the history of the area. Between 2006 and 2008, Oregon Parks Forever raised over $400,000 for improvements to the interpretive center. The upgrades included archaeological research from the Robert Newell farmstead and inclusion of Native populations throughout the telling of Champoeg’s history.

Champoeg State Heritage area has been a popular destination for field trips by area schools, and Oregon Parks Forever’s Ticket2Ride program has funded trips for multiple groups over the years.

At only a 20-minute drive from I-5 in Wilsonville, Champoeg is highly accessible and has lots of amenities for new and experienced nature lovers. Visit the Oregon State Parks website for more detailed information about Champoeg State Heritage Area.

Oregon Parks Forever needs members to help us continue to enhance and preserve our natural areas. 
Donate today -  the first 10 people to contribute $25 or more will receive a Champoeg State Heritage Area sticker and patch.
Donate to Oregon Parks Forever

National Parks Service Birthday

The National Parks Service turns 105 this year! President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Park Service Act on August 25th, 1916, and to celebrate, the National Parks Service offers free entrance at parks nationwide. In Oregon, both Crater Lake National Park and Lewis and Clark National Historical Park will waive entrance fees. A full listing of parks with free entrance nationally is available on the National Parks Service website.

Oregon Parks Forever’s Board of Trustees is Growing!

Oregon Parks Forever was excited to welcome four new board members to our organization in the past few months. These remarkable individuals each have a long history of caring for Oregon’s parks and natural spaces. Their combined expertise and guidance will be a benefit to the organization. All are Oregonians who share a love of our beautiful state and its incredible recreational areas. Read the full story>>

Get Outside for American Adventures Month

Oregon has a vast amount of outdoors to explore. There are more than 250 State Parks and many other areas managed by State, Local, Tribal, and Federal agencies.

If you are searching for that perfect place to visit next, here are a few online resources to help you in your search.

Access Trails provides reviews of 36 parks and trails around the Portland Metro area and includes maps, photos, and access info using public transit.

The Bureau of Land Management offers an interactive search tool that shows maps, site information, and updates for all BLM sites in the country, including 196 in Oregon. Locate and get visitor information for camping areas, fish hatcheries, cabin rentals, trails, and other sites.

Make it a virtual adventure! The US Forest Service YouTube channel has tons of videos that range from educational (like All About Great Horned Owls to virtual hikes. They also have some videos in Spanish, such as La Historia del Oso Smokey.
You can find more resources for planning your next outing on the Oregon Parks Forever website.
In Gratitude for your support,
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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. www.orparksforever.org.
Oregon Parks Forever
503-966-1283 | administrator@orparksforever.org.
1501 SW Jefferson St. Portland, OR 97201
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