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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.

Oregon State Parks 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. 

Registration for 2020 events opens March 1. Register online.

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

All events feature these sessions:

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

2020 Schedule

All events run 6 p.m. Friday - noon Sunday. 

Willamette Valley and Portland areas

Contact mindy.m.cordsen to be added to a wait list for a full event.

Dates, locations and rates are subject to change. Let's Go Camping events are held rain or shine. Additional trips may be scheduled based on demand; this page will be updated throughout the summer.

For general info about the events or your registration, call (800) 551-6949.

Note: While dogs are welcome at most Oregon state parks, pets are not allowed at Let's Go Camping events. 

Find an event near you and register today

Register online via the Oregon State Parks events page. Please be aware that you may only make reservations for one event.

Registration Fee: $30 per family. Maximum 8 participants per family. Includes 2 nights of camping, loaned camping gear, all instruction and materials.

Come volunteer with us!

Do you have expertise in camping skills and an interest in helping out? Volunteers assist in teaching sessions and serve as mentors to new campers. Join us and camp for free! 

For more info or to become a volunteer, contact Let's Go Camping, Program Coordinator: