7 state parks to volunteer with during SOLVE IT for Earth Day, April 20


Earth Day is April 22 and Oregon State Parks is partnering with SOLVE Oregon to get the cleanup parties started a few days early. Pick one of the seven parks below and head out April 20 to help keep Oregon’s natural places clean and green!

Note: Sign-ups are required for each event. Click the sign-up links below to register on the SOLVE event webpage. All events are Saturday, April 20.


Bob Straub State Park

9 a.m. – noon
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Bob Straub State Park has plans for a new picnicking area and they need help to realize that dream. Volunteers will help remove non-native plants and thin out an overgrown area of Shore pine. And if enough volunteers show up, park staff say they’ll assign a few crews to plant native trees and remove the invasive plant Scotch broom from area trails.


Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area

10 a.m. – noon in the day-use area. Meet in the parking lot near Picnic Area A.
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Join other volunteers for a good old-fashioned beach cleanup on Lost Creek Lake. Use the provided gloves, bags and pickers to remove trash, debris and driftwood from the beach.


Nehalem Bay State Park

8:00 a.m. - noon in the day-use area. Meet in the day-use parking lot.
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Nehalem Bay State Park, like many parks on the coast, is waging an ongoing battle against the invasive plant Scotch broom. The park needs your help to remove the noxious weed that is hurting native plants. Park staff suggest volunteers bring their own work gloves, water and a snack.


OC&E Woods Line State Trail

9 a.m. – noon at the paved section of the trail, near Klamath Falls.
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The Klamath Rails-to Trails group is calling on local volunteers to clean up the 8-mile paved section of the trail. Participants will have help from Oregon State Parks rangers, local Boy/Girl Scout chapters, OIT students and others.


Rooster Rock State Park

9 a.m. – noon in the day-use area of the park. Meet at the park office building.
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Invasive plant removal is the main goal of the event at Rooster Rock. Volunteers will pull invasive vegetation and disperse wood chips to hold moisture and discourage the regrowth of non-native weeds. The event is family and dog friendly, but please keep your pup on a leash (the dogs, not the kids.)


South Beach State Park

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
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Help keep South Beach pristine by clearing trash, uprooting invasive plants and planting native vegetation. Don’t forget to check the weather forecast and dress appropriately before you head out; April can be a blustery time of year on the coast.


The Cove Palisades State Park

9 a.m. – noon near the Crooked River day-use area
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Take in the sweeping vistas of the Cove Palisades while you join other volunteers in removing non-native plant species from the Crooked River Nature Trail. Bonus opportunity: if enough people show up, the crew might tackle invasive plants along the Crooked River Rim Trail too. Park rangers ask volunteers to bring their own gloves. Tools, trash bags, sunscreen and water will be provided.