Happy birthday, Oregon
The state of Oregon was founded on Feb. 14, 1859 — and we’re celebrating 161 years in 2020. The best way to show your love for Oregon? Practice responsible recreation and ensure this place is enjoyed for generations to come. Here are our top tips.
In a noisy, busy world, Oregon extends a quiet invitation: Come find yourself in our wild places — and please, take care out there. Help preserve the state’s outdoor spaces by following these responsible recreation values: Prepare. Care. Connect.
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Prepare before you head out. Consider what you want to see and experience, your group’s physical abilities and what’s realistic to do in the time you have. Can you visit off peak to avoid crowds?
Check conditions. Pack your Ten Essentials. Got the right shoes for the terrain? Water? Cell phone? You may not always have coverage, so take a picture of the trail map or bring one with you. Consider hiring a guide.
Let someone know where you’re headed and when you plan to be back. Tuck some cash in your pocket for park fees (that help maintain our natural spaces).
Make Smart Choices
Know your limits and when to stop for the day. Follow the signs; they’re there to tell you important stuff like how to avoid injuries and not get lost.
If you’re lucky enough to spot wildlife, use your zoom lens and observe from afar. Share trails with others. Know who manages the land you access and what the rules and regulations are.
Keep It Natural
Stay on designated trails and areas to protect the landscape. Don’t take anything home but your trash—and please, please take your trash with you. Make wildfire prevention a top priority.
Experiencing the quiet, awe-inspiring beauty of nature can not only uplift your spirits, it can improve your health. Think of Oregon’s vast outdoors as your place to relax and recharge.
Greet fellow adventurers and spark a conversation. Check in with a visitor center, ranger station and/ or local business to learn from the locals, grab a map and gather local insight.
Share your knowledge with others if it’s helpful. Support the community— eat, drink, shop and stay local. Stop by cultural centers to learn our history and peoples’ relationship to the place.
Oregon’s Great Outdoors Giveaways
Ready to see Oregon’s wild beauty? To celebrate Oregon’s birthday and the launch of Take Care Out There, we’re giving away a special prize package featuring everything you need to explore Oregon’s great outdoors safely and in style. Enter to win Oregon’s Great Outdoors Giveaway.
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