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Ticket2Ride is the Foundation's program to provide students with an in field experiential learning experience.

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Oregon State Parks Foundation welcomes Four New Board Members

The Oregon State Parks Foundation is pleased to welcome four new members to its Board of Directors.

Jennifer Allen (ex officio)

Jennifer is an Associate Professor, Public Administration, Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University.  In the past, Jennifer has served as the Director of PSU’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions, and as the Executive Vice President of Ecotrust, a regional non-profit organization focused on conservation-based development in the Pacific Northwest. Jennifer holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Public Policy from George Mason University, a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a BA in American Studies from Yale University.  Jennifer is a member of the Oregon State Parks Commission and serves on the Foundation Board as an ex-officio representative of the Commission.

Mollie Gundersen

Mollie is a Senior Audit Manager at CohnReznick LLP.  She is a certified public accountant (CPA) specializing in providing audit and management advisory services to various types of real estate entities and nonprofit organizations. She specializes in residential real estate and has a national practice servicing clients including developers, investors, for-profit and nonprofit owners and management companies.  In her free time, Mollie and her family are frequent campers in Oregon State Parks.

Stephen Hatfield

Stephen is the Outdoor Programs & Outreach Manager for REI in Oregon.  He manages REI’s outdoor programs and community investment in Oregon. REI’s Outdoor School offers a wide array of educational field classes, outings and experiences to help individuals connect to the outdoors – and to each other. He has more than 20 years of experience designing, developing and managing programs related to outdoor recreation, environmental education, conservation, habitat restoration and volunteer engagement.  Prior to joining REI in 2011, Stephen was Stewardship Director for the Forest Park Conservancy for 6 years.

Jennifer McCormick

Jennifer is the Marketing Manager at Oregon Public Broadcasting.  She is well known to the Park System, having worked in Marketing Communications for almost 6 years before going on to work as Communications Director for Western Rivers Conservancy and then moving to Oregon Public Broadcasting.  She also served two years on the Board of Travel Salem. Jennifer has more than 10 years of experience leveraging integrated marketing – including digital, social and traditional media – and community partnerships to successfully plan and execute marketing strategies for non-profits and governmental agencies.

The Oregon State Parks Foundation is the only statewide non-profit partner of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.  The Foundation was formed 21 years ago to enhance the experience of using Oregon’s 255 state parks, which are not funded by Oregon income or property taxes.  (They are funded by Visitor Fees, small portions of RV and ATV user fees and a fixed percentage of the Oregon Lottery proceeds.)

Since 1995, the Foundation has raised more than $9 million for state park programs and preservation efforts, including the restoration of Vista House at Crown Point, the renovation of the Kam Wah Chung & Co. Museum, restoration of seven historic Oregon Coast lighthouses and numerous other projects. The Oregon State Parks Foundation provides funding to support healthy activities such as hiking, cycling and camping; outdoor education; increasing access to the parks by under-served communities; and the restoration of iconic facilities.

Two Year State Parks Calendar Available

Oregon State Parks calendars are here!

We have a gorgeous 8.5″ x 11″ calendar with stunning images from Oregon State Parks.  Unlike a classic calendar, this is a TWO YEAR calendar (2017 & 2018).

Make a donation to the Foundation of $20 or more before December 31, 2016, and we will send you this fabulous calendar as a thank you gift!

Note: The calendar is not intended to be combined with other Membership benefits.

Get your calendar here!

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“Behind The Scenes” with our Executive Director

Learn a bit about the Foundation from our Executive Director, Seth Miller,  from this recent interview with KXL-FM’s Brett Reckamp

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You never know what you might learn when you get a Ticket2Ride!

KGW’s Grant’s Getaways recently aired a story about our new Ticket2Ride program. Click the picture to check it out here:
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Tom Simpson joins Oregon State Parks Foundation Board

 

Tom Simpson

The Oregon State Parks Foundation welcomes Tom Simpson, Director of Government & Regulatory Affairs at The Standard, as the newest member of its Board of Trustees.

Mr. Simpson represents The Standard before federal, state and legislative bodies and other public policy decision makers.

In addition to the Foundation Board, Mr. Simpson is a member of the Boards of the American     Leadership Forum and Portland Youth Builders.

Mr. Simpson is a 1984 graduate of the University of Oregon, and a 1990 graduate of Lewis and Clark College, where he received an MPA in Public Administration.

A resident of Lake Oswego, he comes from a family that was very involved in the founding of Tryon Creek State Park.  He and his family are avid campers and hikers, who can be found most weekends exploring new parts of Oregon.

“My family’s involvement with the Boy Scouts got us out into Oregon’s great outdoors.  Many of those trips brought us into the Oregon State Parks System.  I am excited to join the Foundation so that I can help connect more Oregonians with our world class park system.”

The Oregon State Parks Foundation is the only statewide non-profit partner of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.  The Foundation was formed 21 years ago to enhance the experience of using Oregon’s 255 state parks, which are not funded by Oregon income or property taxes.  (They are funded by the Oregon Lottery, User Fees and small portions of RV and ATV user fees)

Since 1995, the Foundation has raised more than $9 million for state park programs and preservation efforts, including the restoration of Vista House at Crown Point, the renovation of the Kam Wah Chung & Co. Museum, restoration of seven historic Oregon Coast lighthouses and numerous other projects. The Oregon State Parks Foundation provides funding to support healthy activities such as hiking, cycling and camping; outdoor education; increasing access to the parks by under-served communities; and the restoration of iconic facilities.

Patchmarks creates collectible Oregon State Parks Patches and Stickers

Patchmarks has designed some great Oregon State Parks patches and stickers.

You can purchase them on their website and a portion of the proceeds go to the Oregon State Parks Foundation!

Visit their website to see which ones are available. Over the next several months they will be releasing more and you can signup on their website to get email alerts.

What a great way to remember your adventures. Collect them all as you visit our beautiful State Parks!

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Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute

Students learning about hydrology in our outdoor education program for high school students at Cottonwood Canyon State Park

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Help Build the Cottonwood Canyon Experience Center

Less than $100,000 left to go! You can help bring the Cottonwood Canyon Experience Center to life - creating an inspiring space for learning about all of the wonders that John Day River Territory has to offer.

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