Thank you supporters! Plus, more gift ideas, things to do, and disc golf!
Thank you supporters! Plus, more gift ideas, things to do, and disc golf!
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Dear Friend,
First of all, I would like to send out a big Thank You to all our supporters who gave a gift for Giving Tuesday. We had a tremendous response! You are all awesome!
(Tumalo State Park image by Robert Ashworth, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

December Featured Park: Tumalo State Park

Tumalo State Park is located just four miles north of Bend, Oregon, along the scenic Deschutes River. Its proximity to one of Oregon’s top cities for outdoor recreation, and its location along the 12-mile Deschutes River Trail, makes Tumalo State Park a popular campground for both hikers and RV campers.

During the summer months, fishing and swimming are among the activities most enjoyed by park visitors. The day-use area features grassy picnic areas along the river near the wading area on the West side of the park. In the 1970’s the park was a national demonstration site for solar showers.

With camping reservations open six months in advance, now is the perfect time to plan your summer camping trip at Tumalo.

In 2004, Oregon Parks Forever raised funds to improve the facilities at the park for sustainability, including upgrades to conserve water, implementing recycling programs, installing solar, and purchasing an electric vehicle for park maintenance use.

Oregon Parks Forever is committed to ensuring the preservation of Oregon’s parks for generations to come. Won’t you consider a donation today?

New Advisory Council Member

Chrystal Morris Murphy is a strategy and stakeholder engagement maven. In her former role as senior vice president of partnerships at the National Park Foundation, she built the capacity and engagement strategies for park philanthropy and other nonprofit park partners including organizations working in historic preservation, land conservation, environmental education, youth engagement and outdoor recreation. She is now a strategy, stakeholder engagement and leadership development consultant with clients serving the park community. She is also a Western National Parks board member and sings tenor in the Maryland Chorale Society. 

Holiday Gifts to support Oregon’s Parks

Right now is the peak of the holiday shopping season and we’d like to share with you some of our top picks out of our online store. Your purchase supports Oregon Parks Forever. Members can use their discount code to save 10% on all store purchases as well!

For a limited time, you can pick up a signed and personalized copy of several great books on hiking in Oregon:

100 Hikes: NW Oregon & SW Washington, by WIlliam L. Sullivan. Updated for 2021 with 16 new trails and information on trail closures related to recent wildfires. This great guide offers info on nearby activities as well, including hot springs, cabins, museums, and more. $18.95
Moon, Oregon Hiking, by Matt Wastradowski. This 360-page guide provides all the information you need to find a great hike any time of the year with maps, directions, and tips on what you’ll find once you get there. For veteran and first-time hikers alike. $19.99
Exploring the Oregon Coast Trail, by Connie Soper. Covering the entire 400 miles of trail, this book provides the information you need to plan an extended backpacking journey or a series of day hikes. Featuring maps, directions, and logistical information to enjoy every mile of the Oregon Coast Trail. $18.95

Enjoy Historic Oregon Images year-round with our 2022 calendar

Oregon Parks Calendar. Vintage photos by Ray Atkeson, one of Oregon’s most famous and celebrated photographers. Black & white images from the 1930s to 1970s covering beautiful parks and natural areas from all over Oregon. $15.99
We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and has the opportunity to get out and enjoy this outdoors. You can find all these and other great gifts in our online store.

Fun Holiday Activities for the whole family

Willamette Valley Ornament Hunt
Keep your eyes peeled while out on hiking trails in the Willamette National Forest and you may bring home a holiday keepsake. Ornaments have already been placed on trails and will be there until the end of the contest on January 1st, 2022.
If you find an ornament, you can share your find online with the hashtags #FindYourOrnament, #FindYourTrail, #IwonderWV, #pnwonderland, #willamettenationalforest.
Register your ornament at and you will be entered to win a grand prize of an overnight stay and adventure in the Willamette Valley.
First Day Hikes
Treat yourself to a day out on January 1st when day-use fees for state parks will be waived. Guided hikes will be posted on the State Parks event calendar, and you can get out and enjoy a hike on your own, too. If it’s cold, consider dressing in layers and remember that the sky gets dark early this time of year.

Discover Disc Golf in Oregon

Oregon is one of the leading states for the sport of disc golf – a popular activity that can be practiced inexpensively and by people of all ages and levels of fitness. It is easy to learn and can be played solo or with friends, and is a great way to spend time outdoors, even if your time is limited. Read the full article>>

Donation tax benefits for 2021

Many of the benefits extended by the IRS for charitable contributions in 2020 have been carried over to apply to the 2021 tax year as well. The benefits apply to those who donated to qualifying charitable organizations, such as Oregon Parks Forever. Even if you do not itemize your deductions, you can still qualify for a tax deduction on your 2021 return. Read the full article>>
Thank you again for such fantastic support.
With gratitude,
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P.S. If you're a member - thank you! If you're not a member of Oregon Parks Forever, please consider becoming one to enhance and preserve parks in Oregon now and for future generations. Make a gift today.
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.
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