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 2017 event listings.

REGISTRATION opens Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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 Park Info
(800) 551-6949

2017 Let's Go Camping brochure coming soon.

2017 Summer Season

June 16-18

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

June 30-July 2

Deschutes River (Columbia River Gorge - The Dalles area)

July 7-9

Cascadia (Willamette Valley - Sweet Home area)

July 14-16

Willamette Mission (Willamette Valley - Salem area)

July 21-23

Silver Falls (Willamette Valley - Silverton area)

Prineville Reservoir (Central Oregon - Prineville area)

July 28-30

Ainsworth (West Columbia River Gorge)

August 11-13

Milo McIver (Willamette Valley - Estacada area)

August 25-27

Champoeg (Willamette Valley - Newberg area)

September 8-10

Memaloose (Columbia River Gorge - The Dalles area)