Are you curious about camping? Don’t have all the needed gear? Not a problem. Let’s Go Camping has arrived!
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department presents a fun-filled, overnight camping excursion for beginning campers of ALL ages. With extra gear, hands-on lessons, nature hikes, and plenty of s’mores, the Let’s Go Camping program makes camping easy, inviting, and fun for the whole family.
Join a group of expert volunteers who are there to assist you. So what are you waiting for?
Let’s Go Camping!
What to Expect
Activities may include:
- Ranger-led nature hikes
- Camping basics: tent set up and packing
- Respecting your camping neighbors
- Safety essentials
- Tide pooling
- Disc golf
- Campfire safety
- Dutch oven cooking
- Owl prowls and bat chats
All you need to bring is food and clothes—state parks supply the tents, sleeping bags, and skilled camping volunteers.
Let’s Go Camping programs include:
- June 15-17: South Beach State Park offers kayak tours, beachcombing, beautiful ocean sunsets, and plenty of opportunities to learn about local marine life (central coast)
- June 22-24: The Cove Palisades State Park offers first-class hiking, kayak tours, and the Crooked River Petroglyph (central Oregon)
- July 6-8: Valley of the Rogue State Park offers great wildlife viewing, salmon fishing, and an interpretive trail along the wild Rogue River (southwestern Oregon)
- July 13-15: Cape Lookout State Park offers beautiful beaches, vistas, and plenty of hiking trails through lush, old-growth forest (north coast)
- July 20-22: Cascadia State Park offers an historic bridge, dense forest, swimming holes, and a trail to Soda Creek Falls (central Willamette Valley east of Sweet Home)
- July 27-29: Umpqua Lighthouse State Park offers fishing, swimming in Lake Marie, and trails through the forest, to the dunes and to the lighthouse (south coast in the heart of the Oregon Dunes)
- August 3-5: LL “Stub” Stewart State Park offers 17 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails, a disc golf course (Portland metro)
- August 10-12: Silver Falls State Park, Oregon’s largest state park, offers more than 10 waterfalls amid lush green forests, historic cabins, interpretive programs, and 25 miles of hiking trails (east of Salem)
- August 24-26: Beverly Beach State Park features great beach for sand castle building, kite flying, and surfing; a creek-side trail and forest-sheltered campground are just a few steps from the ocean (central coast)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
Address: 725 Summer Street NE, Suite C, Salem, OR 97301
Phone: (503) 986-0707
Information: (800) 551-6949
Camping Reservations: (800) 452-5687
Let’s Go Camping Program
Pick a park and a weekend.
All events begin at 11a.m. on Saturday. However, campers may choose to arrive after 4 p.m. on Friday. Two nights for the price of one.
The schedule for Let’s Go Camping from Oregon State Parks is set for this summer. For just $20, your entire family can camp in a state park, while learning the ins and outs of pitching a tent, building a fire, and other camping-related skills.
Phone: (888) 953-7677 on Monday to Friday between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. to register
I do like to be beside the seaside.
—John A. Glover-Kind