Let's Go Camping

Curious about camping? Don’t have a tent or sleeping bag? No worries. Let’s Go Camping lets you try it out with our gear.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to offer a summer series of guided weekend outings for beginning campers of ALL ages. With hands-on lessons, nature hikes and fun family activities, Let’s Go Camping makes camping easy. These events take place all across Oregon and may be coming to a park near you.  Scroll down further for 2016 event listings.

REGISTRATION opens Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Join our group of expert staff and volunteers who are there to assist you. So what are you waiting for? Let’s Go Camping!

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All events feature these sessions:

Camping basics & tent set-up
Equipment care & maintenance
Leave No Trace (outdoor ethics)
The 10 essentials of safe hiking
Fire building & safety
Campfire and Dutch oven cooking


Depending upon your chosen park location, other activities
may include:

Ranger-led hikes Tide pooling
Kid's programs Disc golfing
Swimming Nature arts & crafts
Fishing Night sky interpretation
Kayaking Owl prowls & bat chats!





How do I get more information or register?

Call the Oregon State Parks Reservation Center at (888) 953-7677 for registration information.
Registration Fee: $30 per family


Have expertise in camping and interested
in helping out?
Volunteers are needed to teach sessions and
to be mentors to new camper. 

Join us and camp for free!

Contact Volunteer Info
(877) 225-9803

2016 Let's Go Camping brochure coming soon.

2016 Summer Season

June 3-5

South Beach (Central Coast - Newport area)

June 17-19

L.L.Stub Stewart (Portland / Banks / Vernonia area) Cancelled

June 24-26

L.L. Stub Stewart (Portland / Banks / Vernonia area) Event full

July 8-10

Fall Creek Fisherman's Point (Willamette Valley - Eugene area)

July 15-17

Willamette Mission (Willamette Valley - Salem area)

Wallowa Lake (Eastern Oregon - Enterprise / Joseph area)

July 22-24

Silver Falls (Willamette Valley - Silverton area) Event full

Lapine (Central Oregon - Bend / Lapine area) Event cancelled

July 29-31

Ainsworth (West Columbia River Gorge) Event full

August 12-14

Viento (East Columbia River Gorge) Event full

Tumalo (Central Oregon - Bend area) Event full

August 19-21

Milo McIver (Portland / Estacada area) Event full

August 26-28

Champoeg (Willamette Valley - Salem area) 4 spots left!

Emigrant Springs (Eastern Oregon - Meacham area) Cancelled

October 14-16

Fort Stevens (North Coast - Astoria / Seaside area)