Oregon turns 158 years old on February 14, and we’re celebrating by giving back to the state a small thank you for all it’s given us over the years.

As Oregonians, we feel not only a deep sense of pride about where we live, but a commitment to community and sustainability that runs deep. Learn more about the Travel Oregon Forever Fund  (formerly known as the Oregon Travel Philanthropy Fund) and explore the stories below to see how travelers are supporting projects that preserve Oregon’s natural landscapes and cultural heritage. Since 2012, the Fund has raised more than $90,000 for project beneficiaries around the state.

For all the cascading waterfalls, the wide open spaces and endless road trips, the campfires under the stars, the sunrises over sparkling lakes and sunsets on the beach, we say thanks, Oregon — and we’ll keep doing our best to ensure you forever remain a place we all love, and love to explore.

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Table Rocks

Educating visitors on the unique history of Southern Oregon’s one-of-a-kind plateaus. Learn more.


Camas Country Mill & Schoolhouse

A former school house turns into a community and learning center. Learn more.

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The Human Access Project

Opening up access to beaches along the Willamette River. Learn more.


Oregon’s Native Olympia Oyster

Bringing back native oysters to improve the local ecosystem and provide spectacular culinary experiences. Learn more.

Kleeway Post Canyon Trail

Connecting mountain bike trails and reducing congestion. Learn more.

Rogue Jet Boat Adventures

Educating visitors while having fun on the Rogue River. Learn more.

Mosier Plateau Trail

Helping Gorge Towns to Trails improve hiking trail systems. Learn more.

Elkton Butterfly Pavilion

Supporting habitats and education for native butterflies. Learn more.

Oregon’s First Whitewater Surf Park

Kayakers everywhere are barrel rolling for joy as Bend White Water Park opens on the Deschutes River. Learn more.

Interested in contributing to the Travel Oregon Forever Fund? Learn more and donate today.

These maps and directions are for planning purposes only. You may find that construction projects, traffic, or other events may cause road conditions to differ from the map results. For travel options, weather and road conditions, visit tripcheck.com, call 511 (in Oregon only), 800.977.6368 or 503.588.2941.

About the Author: Emily Forsha

Emily Forsha is Travel Oregon’s Content & Community Manager. When she’s not road tripping around the state with her husband and two young boys, this proud native Oregonian is cooking up new recipes in her kitchen, sampling the latest craft brews and cheering on her beloved Oregon Ducks.

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  1. Mike Stover says…

    First traveling through Oregon with my parents in 1957 on our way to board a ship out of Seattle, WA to my Father,s duty station in Japan. I was in awe at the beauty of your countryside as we traveled through. In 1960 I requested to be assigned to Fort Lewis, WA. On my way there I took a detour to the east of your state out of California so that I could prolong my travel through the route east of Eugene. It took my breath away. Throughout my assignment out there I took every opportunity to travel south out of Fort Lewis either stopping along the beaches giving me the memories of a life time. Thank you for your hospitality and friendship of those that camels into my life back then long ago.

    Written on February 13th, 2016 / Flag this Comment
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