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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department manages more than 250 park areas in Oregon, including 52 campgrounds. We aim to provide and protect outstanding natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreational sites for the enjoyment and education of present and future generations. Oregon's Office of Outdoor Recreation coordinates the state’s outdoor recreation policy across agencies, between public and private sectors, and in cooperation with organizations that have a vested interest in seeing Oregon’s outdoor recreation reach its fullest potential.
Both organizations aim to remove barriers in outdoor recreation. Qualitative and quantitative research indicates we have work to do to achieve this goal. The data shows that while minority racial and ethnic groups — American Indian, Asian, Black, and Latino — are growing fast in Oregon, these groups are underrepresented in outdoor areas in Oregon and across the country. Qualitative research indicates barriers also exist for people with limited incomes, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ people.
The Park Explorer Series is a competitive opportunity for organizations to apply to coordinate one of eight small group camping trips for communities that are underrepresented in outdoor recreation. Each recipient organization will be awarded five cabins or yurts for a two-night weekend stay at select parks, detailed below. Trips are scheduled for weekends in July, August and September. The organizations will be responsible for selecting occupants (program participants) of each site and supporting them in preparation for the camping trip.
The program aims to remove barriers to camping for underrepresented groups and create a meaningful and positive experience for participants that will hopefully lead to many more park visits. We selected eight parks close to populated areas in order to make this program accessible to as many people as possible. We selected popular parks with large cabin or yurt areas, as these facilities are an entry point for people new to camping or who lack camping gear, but also may not be accessible to our target demographic due to cost and limited availability. These facilities are commonly booked nine months in advance, excluding anyone who does not have the luxury of planning and paying that far in advance.
To be eligible for this opportunity, organizations must meet the following criteria:
Locations are listed in this section. We have summarized information about each of the participating parks and their facilities. All the parks have flush restrooms, showers and water near the facilities, except at Prineville Reservoir where each cabin has its own bathroom. These parks also feature a multitude of recreation activities and ranger-led programming for the entire family.
The exact layout and features of cabins and yurts vary by park, and are detailed in our Comfort Camping brochure. In general, both yurts and cabins have a combination of futon couches and single and double bunk beds. Capacity varies by park and by facility; most sleep up to 5 or 6 people. All cabins and yurts include heat, electricity, locking doors and an outdoor fire pit and picnic table. Participants must provide their own bedding, dishes and other camping gear. And, of course, they must agree to all park rules.
If you have specific questions about any of the participating parks, please call our Information Center at 800-551-6949.
Beverly Beach State Park is located between Newport and Depoe Bay, just off Highway 101. The forest-sheltered campground connects to the beach via a walkway under the Highway.
Cape Lookout State Park is located an hour and a half west of Portland near Tillamook. The shaded campground is located alongside three miles of beach. More than eight miles of hiking and walking trails wind through a lush old-growth forest.
Champoeg is situated in the heart of the Willamette Valley along the Willamette River, six miles south of Newberg. Paved trails for walking and biking wind past a disc golf course and through the park’s forest, prairie and wetlands.
Located 34 miles west of Portland, the park’s 1,800 acres include more than 25 miles of wooded trails for hiking and mountain biking. The 21-mile paved Banks-Vernonia State Trail also passes through the park. Three disc golf courses — 18-holes, 9 holes, and 3-holes — provide opportunities for all skill levels.
Located in a subalpine forest a half hour south of Bend, this quiet park alongside the Deschutes River is popular for hiking, mountain biking, fishing and floating. The day-use area includes a beach and swim area marked off by buoys.
Tugman’s lakeside campground, located between Reedsport and Coos Bay near the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, is a great place for fishing, swimming, canoeing, sailing and boating. A trail around the south end of the lake provides opportunity to see of osprey, crane, eagle and deer.
Best known for its ten spectacular waterfalls, Silver Falls has several hikes to choose from that lead to waterfalls, and another 35 miles of backcountry trails for hikes, mountain bikes and horses. The park’s Nature Play Area, a playground built into the natural forested environment, is also a draw.
This high desert campground on Prineville Reservoir features fishing, a beach and swim area, and all manner of water sports. The wide open night sky is ideal for stargazing.
Please submit your answers to the following questions in Survey Monkey. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, March 6.
Should your organization be selected to participate in this program, the following terms and conditions apply:
Please direct questions to Chris Havel: 503-986-0722 (d) | 503-931-2590 (m) | firstname.lastname@example.org