State Capitol State Park, long known for its manicured lawns and blooming landscape, has an extra addition this summer: pop-up park ranger programs! Swing by Salem’s only state park every Saturday afternoon through Aug. 31 for a special program led by one of our friendly, knowledgeable rangers. You’ll make your own art, pet a beaver pelts, skulls, chewed up wood, see glimpses of Oregon’s past and more.
Look for the Oregon State Parks canopy located north of the State Capitol building, near the Wall of Water Fountain. Most events are scheduled 1-3 pm.
Aug. 3 Nature Art: Use the colors, shapes and textures found in nature to create a piece of artwork to take home.
July 20 & Aug. 17 Busy Beavers: Come learn about our state animal, the beaver! Discover how beavers are adapted to their semi-aquatic lifestyle and how their busy behavior helps their surrounding ecosystem.
July 27 (12 p.m.-2 p.m.) & Aug. 24 Stereoscopes: Connect with 19th Century Oregon using the technology of the day — the stereoscope. View over 175 historic images depicting Oregon places and everyday life. Archaeological artifacts from a frontier town will also be on display.
TBD Stump the Ranger: Thinking about exploring the coast? The mountains? The valley? The desert? Curious about what Oregon was like one hundred years ago? Ten-thousand years ago? Bring your questions and curiosities to the pop-up ranger station. We’ll have maps and travel guides to help you explore Oregon.