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April 2022

Fort Rock Cave Tours

April 9 - June 17

The Fort Rock Basin is a vital part of Native American history and life. Fort Rock Cave is near Fort Rock State Natural Area and is the site of the instrumental archaeological discovery of sagebrush bark sandals. Fort Rock Cave is a National Heritage site and is open only to the public by state park guided tour. Join us in learning about Fort Rock Cave’s lasting legacy. Tours take approximately 2 hours. Register online with Oregon State Parks.

May 2022

Kam Wah Chung Museum Tours

May 1 - October 31

Once a general store, a doctor’s office, and a center of Chinese social and religious life, it is now one of the most unusual museums you will find anywhere. Kam Wah Chung (translates to “Golden Chinese Outpost”) & Co. is a one-of-a-kind property. Built in 1865, the building’s earliest customers were primarily Chinese residents of Canyon City and the John Day area who were attracted by work generated by eastern Oregon’s gold strikes of the period. Some chronicles suggest it served travelers as a trading post. Register online at Oregon State Parks.

Circles in the Sand

May 2 @ 12:00 am - August 15 @ 11:59 pm

Draw location: Face Rock Viewpoint in Bandon, OR | The intention of Circles in the Sand is to share love, joy and kindness.  Team Circles creates sand labyrinths surrounded by intricate designs and artwork.  We invite everyone to enjoy a walk on the sand path. Visit the Circles in the Sand website for details.

Build a birdhouse at Cove Palisades

May 29 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn about mountain bluebirds and build a birdhouse to take home. Materials provided. Learn more.

June 2022

June Clean Up at Shore Acres State Park

June 3 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Part of Oregon State Park's 100 volunteer projects for 100 years Centennial Celebration. Come help clean up at Shore Acres and get the park in tip-top shape for State parks day on June 4th and Father's Day Rose Sunday on June 19th. Volunteers will be weeding, trimming, mulching, planting, pulling ivy, and picking up litter. Bring a friend! Register online.

State Parks Day/Free Fishing Weekend- Let’s Go Razor Clamming!

June 4 @ 9:00 am - June 5 @ 9:30 am

Learn how to dig razor clams with a ranger at Fort Stevens State Park on free fishing weekend. Meet at the Peter Iredale at 9:00 on Saturday, June 4th and 9:30 on Sunday, June 5th. No license needed! More details here.

State Parks Centennial Celebration

June 4 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

A hundred years ago, state parks were barely an idea in Oregon, little more than patches of roadside greenery. A 5-acre donation in 1922 — setting aside a special place for everyone — became Oregon’s first official state park. Today, the state park system comprises 254 park properties and more than 100,000 acres.

A community picnic at Oregon’s first state park, Sarah Helmick State Recreation Site in Monmouth, is set for State Parks Day June 4, 2022. Come witness a centennial dedication, enjoy a classic car show, and see exhibits and demos. Get details.

Champoeg Living History: Fur Trappers Encampment

June 4 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Visit an authentic fur trapper's encampment at Champoeg State Park and learn about life in Oregon in the early 1800's. $5 parking fee applies. Learn more.

Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest

June 11 @ 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In 2014, the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest was recognized as an Oregon Heritage Tradition by the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department, making it one of just 26 events statewide to achieve such a designation. An Oregon Heritage Tradition is an event with broad public appeal, with at least 50 years of continuous operation and that contributes to the identity of the state. More details.

Hathkapasuta Illinois River Celebration

June 18 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

A hands-on, interactive environmental educational event designed for kids and adults, that celebrates our region’s interconnected natural resources and inspires each of us to care for our environment. More information on the event facebook page.

Rose Sunday – Father’s Day

June 19 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Rose Sunday/Father’s Day at Shore Acres State Park – June 19, 2022 - Treat dad and family to a delightful day at Shore Acres. In the Garden House, members of the Southwestern Oregon Rose Society will have a display of cut roses and information about growing roses. The park is open from 8 am to dusk and the Garden House will be open from 11am-4 pm with refreshments provided by the Friends of Shore Acres.

Shore Acres Father’s Day Rose Sunday

June 19 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Visit Shore Acres for a display of roses from the Southwest Rose Society and get your questions about roses answered by experts on site. Enjoy coffee, tea, and cookies from the Friends of Shore Acres. Details on the Friends of Shore Acres Facebook Page.

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