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Current Initiatives

Cottonwood Canyon Experience Center

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The Oregon State Parks Foundation is currently working to raise $800,000 to build the Cottonwood Canyon Experience Center. This multi-use facility at Cottonwood Canyon State Park will provide an opportunity for residential outdoor learning, regional activities, environmental education and cultural events. The 1,700-square-foot Experience Center will include classroom space, interpretive displays, meeting areas, park-specific library, and walkways connecting to camping areas.  Concurrently with the construction of  the Experience Center, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department will be constructing a cluster of cabins and a bath house/shower facility, completing the needed elements for a residential outdoor school facility.  We need your support to help us bring this important project to life. To make your contribution of any amount, click here.


We are working to remove the biggest impediment to getting school groups into the parks – paying for gasoline and bus drivers.

The goal of the Foundation’s Ticket2Ride program is to enable K-8 students in Title I schools to use the Oregon’s State Parks for experiential learning – as a sort of outdoor science lab. One of the greatest barriers preventing access to our State Parks is the cost and funding for transportation. At no charge, Oregon State Parks are able to support and enhance learning for hundreds of students each year. They have accessible locations and dedicated staff available to offer inspirational & effective learning experiences. The schools simply need to be able to get the students to the Parks.   To enable this, the Foundation is accepting applications for grants for the actual cost of gas and bus drivers, up to $500 per trip.  Learn more

Oregon Coast Bikeway Enhancement

We are raising funds to build a network of bike pods along the 370-mile Oregon Coast bikeway.  These bike pods will enable cyclists to stop in the hiker/ biker campsites in state parks along the coast and lock bikes, gear and food; charge electronic devices like cell phones; repair bikes; and fill tires and water bottles.

Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute

We are funding a residential outdoor school program in North Central Oregon for area high school students.

CCSI is a week long program that provides natural resource education field studies that enable the students to experience a wide range of alternative careers, and return to their communities to build connection and interest in rural sustainability and natural resource stewardship. Educational curriculum for the week includes watershed management, restoration of riparian zones, photography, writing, astronomy and the nocturnal lives of animals.


Our Ongoing Priorities

  • Enhancements to improve the hiking, cycling and camping experience in state parks
  • Funding activities or facilities that make it possible for children to learn about our natural surroundings.
  • Enabling programs and activities that facilitate parks use by under-served communities.
  • Restoration  or Construction of iconic places in our state parks.
  • Developing relationships with companies which can help reduce the costs of running our parks.
  • Securing Donated Park Lands
  • Supporting Friends Groups
  • Funding Exhibits and Interpretive Displays

Questions about our current projects? Please don’t hesitate to contact us.