Tours/Events

Sign up for a free Bat Chat with a trained naturalist to experience the bats of Tryon Creek. Join an interactive presentation about our local bat species and the amazing adaptations that allow them to survive and then walk to a spot to view bats. There, we will watch bats and listen to echolocating bats with the Bat Detector.

Contact Deb Hill, Park Ranger at (503) 636-9886 x 225 or Deborah.hill@oregon.gov…

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Sign up for a free night hike led by a trained naturalist to experience the bats of Wapato State Greenway on Sauvie Island. We will talk about our local bat species and the amazing adaptations that allow them to survive while we walk through the park, ending at the viewing platform. Once at the platform, we will watch bats and listen to echolocating bats with the Bat Detector. Parents must accompany children on all hikes…

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Join us on State Parks Day to learn about local wildlife and the history of the Cape Meares Lighthouse. Enjoy a free ranger-led tour starting in the Cape Meares parking lot, where the lightkeeper’s houses used to be. Hike down the same trail the lightkeepers used and enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the lighthouse itself. The park ranger will remain on-site to answer questions.

Please, no dogs inside the…

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Spring Creek Kayak Tours

Tour Length:   3 hours total, with an estimated 2.5 hrs of paddling.  Please arrive 20 minutes prior to your scheduled tour.  The hours listed include check-in, instruction, and check-out. Guides provide basic kayak skill and technique instruction, safety orientation, and kayaking on Spring Creek. Six (6) single kayaks & two (2) tandem kayaks are available per tour. Recreational kayaks, paddles and life jackets are…

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Tour length: appx. 2 hours; up to 3 hours. The hours listed include check-in, instruction, and check out.

Minimum age:  Children 6-11 may ride with an adult in a tandem kayak, 12- 17 may ride in a single/all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Location:  Upper Deschutes Day-Use at the boat launch

Description: The 800-foot basalt cliffs rimming the Deschutes River arm of Lake Billy Chinook create…

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You are making a reservation to ride your horse on the Old Railbed Trail at Deschutes River State Recreation Area. There is a reservation fee of $8 per horse.

The section of the Old Railbed trail open for horseback riding is a 22-mile (round trip) trail that follows the same route as the bicycle path, starting at the campground entrance parking lot, and ending at Harris Ranch. It's great for wildlife viewing…

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Tour length:  Approx. 2 hours.

Minimum age:  Tour is not recommended for children under 6 years old.

Description:  The Fort Rock Basin has served as a vital part of the Native American lifestyle. Fort Rock Cave is near Fort Rock State Natural Area and is the site of an archaeological discovery of several 9,000 to 11,000-year-old sagebrush bark sandals. This property serves as a reminder of the rich…

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Collecting visitation information is a good practice for heritage organizations. It’s useful for grants, budgeting, and annual reports. But is your heritage organization using data like visitor numbers, zipcodes, and time of day to connect with your local tourism infrastructure?

This workshop will help heritage organizations consider what visitation data to track, why, and how to leverage that data to show economic impact in the community. The presenter will provide examples of how…

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Collecting visitation information is a good practice for heritage organizations. It’s useful for grants, budgeting, and annual reports. But is your heritage organization using data like visitor numbers, zipcodes, and time of day to connect with your local tourism infrastructure?

This workshop will help heritage organizations consider what visitation data to track, why, and how to leverage that data to show economic impact in the community. The presenter will provide examples of how…

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Collecting visitation information is a good practice for heritage organizations. It’s useful for grants, budgeting, and annual reports. But is your heritage organization using data like visitor numbers, zipcodes, and time of day to connect with your local tourism infrastructure?

This workshop will help heritage organizations consider what visitation data to track, why, and how to leverage that data to show economic impact in the community. The presenter will provide examples of how…

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JULY 12 - 14: Join us at Champoeg State Heritage Area for a fully guided weekend outing for beginning campers of ALL ages. With hands-on lessons, nature hikes and fun family activities, Let’s Go Camping makes camping easy.  A group of expert staff and volunteers stay on site to assist you every step of the way and prepare you to recreate independently. So what are you waiting for? Let’s Go…

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JUNE 28 – 30: Join us at L.L. Stub Stewart State Park for a fully guided weekend outing for beginning campers of ALL ages. With hands-on lessons, nature hikes and fun family activities, Let’s Go Camping makes camping easy.  A group of expert staff and volunteers stay on site to assist you every step of the way and prepare you to recreate independently. So what are you waiting for? Let…

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AUG 2-4: La Pine State Park is the location for a family-friendly, guided weekend outing for beginning campers of all ages. We bring the camping gear so you don’t have to!  Our experienced volunteers provide hands-on clinics to share a variety of camping skills, from setting up your tent and camp kitchen to cooking over a campfire and using a Dutch oven. Together, we’ll venture out on…

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AUG 9 -11: Join us at Milo McIver State Park for a fully guided weekend outing for beginning campers of ALL ages. With hands-on lessons, nature hikes and fun family activities, Let’s Go Camping makes camping easy.  A group of expert staff and volunteers stay on site to assist you every step of the way and prepare you to recreate independently. So what are you waiting for? Let’s Go…

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JULY 19 – 21: Join us at North Santiam SRA for a fully guided weekend outing for beginning campers of ALL ages. With hands-on lessons, nature hikes and fun family activities, Let’s Go Camping makes camping easy.  A group of expert staff and volunteers stay on site to assist you every step of the way and prepare you to recreate independently. So what are you waiting for? Let’s Go…

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JUNE 28-30: The Jasper Point area of Prineville Reservoir State Park is the location for a family-friendly, guided weekend outing for beginning campers of all ages. We bring the camping gear so you don’t have to!  Our experienced volunteers provide hands-on clinics to share a variety of camping skills, from setting up your tent and camp kitchen to cooking over a campfire and using a Dutch oven. Together…

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JULY 26-28: Join us at Silver Falls State Park for a fully guided weekend outing for beginning campers of ALL ages. With hands-on lessons, nature hikes and fun family activities, Let’s Go Camping makes camping easy.  A group of expert staff and volunteers stay on site to assist you every step of the way and prepare you to recreate independently. So what are you waiting for? Let’s Go…

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MAY 31- JUNE 2: Tumalo State Park is the location for a family-friendly, guided weekend outing for beginning campers of all ages. We bring the camping gear so you don’t have to!  Our experienced volunteers provide hands-on clinics to share a variety of camping skills, from setting up your tent and camp kitchen to cooking over a campfire and using a Dutch oven. Together, we’ll venture out on…

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AUG 16-18: Join us at Willamette Mission State Park for a fully guided weekend outing for beginning campers of ALL ages. With hands-on lessons, nature hikes and fun family activities, Let’s Go Camping makes camping easy.  A group of expert staff and volunteers stay on site to assist you every step of the way and prepare you to recreate independently. So what are you waiting for? Let’s Go…

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