The Oregon State Parks Foundation is the only statewide non-profit partner of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. We are dedicated to raising funds to enhance and preserve the experience of using the 255 Oregon State Parks, now and for generations to come.
Since 1995, the Foundation has supported many vital projects such as restoring Vista House at Crown Point, helping to renovate five Oregon Lighthouses, preserving the Kam Wah Chung & Co Museum, and putting the first yurts in State Parks anywhere in the country.
The Oregon State Parks Foundation strives to connect all Oregonians with their State Parks, to enrich the visitor experience through interpretation and education, and to promote an active and healthy lifestyle.
Some of our current efforts include:
- Raising funds for an outdoor school facility in North Central Oregon
- Funding a week-long environmental education program
- Making it possible for students in Title I elementary schools to have educational field trips to State Parks
- Adding bike shelters in hiker/biker camps in State Parks
Did you know?
Many people do not know that Oregon’s State Parks are not funded by state tax dollars. Instead, they are primarily funded by day use and campground fees, a portion of Oregon Lottery proceeds, and a portion of the registration fees for RVs and ATVs.
While the Lottery now generates about 40% of the funding for State Parks, Lottery contributions fell by $10 million per year with the Great Recession and have remained at those new lower levels. Despite this, the number of State Park users continues to climb! This has led to staffing shortages, deferred maintenance, and a greater and greater need for the State Parks department to seek alternative revenue sources.
For these reasons, the Foundation is working to help fund efforts that enhance the experience of using Oregon’s State Parks, despite the overall funding problems.
Join us today! Your support will help to ensure that these natural and historic wonders remain strong — today and well into the future.