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Current Initiatives

Cottonwood Canyon Experience Center

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The Oregon State Parks Foundation recently raised $800,000 to close out our capital campaign to build the Cottonwood Canyon Experience Center!

The 1,700-square-foot Experience Center will include classroom space, interpretive displays, meeting areas, park-specific library, and walkways connecting to camping areas. Construction of  the Experience Center will begin in the Fall of 2017. The Oregon Parks & Recreation Department will also be constructing a cluster of cabins and a bath house/shower facility, completing the needed elements for a residential outdoor school facility! The Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute will use the new facility next summer!

This multi-use facility at Cottonwood Canyon State Park will provide new opportunities for residential outdoor learning, regional activities, environmental education and cultural events…and will also be available for camping!


We are removing the biggest impediment to getting school groups to Oregon State Parks – paying for transportation!

The Ticket2Ride program is providing 3rd-5th grade students in Title I schools an opportunity to use the Oregon’s State Parks for experiential learning – what a perfect outdoor science laboratory!

Oregon State Parks have accessible locations and dedicated staff available to offer inspirational & effective learning experiences – and are able to support and enhance learning for hundreds of students each year. We are providing the missing link…getting the students to the Parks.  Learn more about the teacher application and granting process.

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 Camps 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 Oregon State Parks.
  • Funding activities or facilities that make it possible for children to learn about our natural surroundings.
  • Enabling programs and activities for under-served communities.
  • Restoration or construction of iconic places in Oregon State Parks.
  • Developing relationships with companies which can help reduce the costs of running State Parks.
  • Securing donated State Park lands.
  • Supporting Friends Groups
  • Funding exhibits and Interpretive Displays.

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