State Parks service says ‘Let’s Go’

State park rangers throughout the Willamette Valley and Columbia River Gorge have joined forces to start a new summer program called “Let’s Go.”

Building on the well-established “Let’s Go Camping” program, the new Let’s Go activities offer organized hiking, birding, disc golf and paddling experiences. Led by rangers, these events are a fun, friendly way to learn a new activity through dozens of events from now through Sept. 3. Some activities require registration and a fee; most do not.

“We know people want to get out and have fun, but sometimes they don’t know how to get started with something new,” says Steve Janiszewski, State Parks support manager for the Willamette Valley and Columbia Gorge.

“We’d think a friendly state park ranger can help break the ice.”

Hiking: A two-hour nature hike. Some are pet-friendly; all are free (some parks charge a $5 parking fee).

Birding: A two-hour walk and introduction to bird identification. Bring your own binoculars, or borrow one of ours. Free (some parks charge a $5 parking fee).

Learn More

To register, call toll-free 888-953-7677, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to

5 p.m. Space is limited.

Disc golf: Learn the rules and techniques, and get some hands-on experience with this new sport. $10 per person (includes parking fee).

Paddling (canoeing and kayaking): A ranger will show you how; then you’ll get into your own boat. $15 per person (includes parking fee).

Locations vary throughout the Willamette Valley and Columbia Gorge. All programs are open to ages 8 and up (8-14 must be accompanied by parent).

A detailed list of parks, dates and times is online at

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