This time of year is all about taking note of everything, big or small, that make a positive difference in our daily lives. (Of course, it’s also all about feasting on sweet and savory treats, ogling at the pretty lights in your neighborhood, and playing a heated game of Scrabble with your family.). What truly glows in each of us during the Thanksgiving Holiday is a sense of gratitude for what we have, and in many cases, what we have is the result of what others have given.
This Thanksgiving, we at Oregon State Parks are grateful for the service our volunteers have given us. These individuals are the face of our conservation efforts, the brains informing our interpretive programs, the keepers of our trails, and the reason our visitors have a tidy campsite to inhabit and a cozy fire to sit by.
So, we raise our glasses to all the Oregon State Parks volunteers – past and present – that have brought their skills, dedication, smiles, and park love to work with them every day. We could not operate such a robust network of special places without you!
Do you ever dream of being part of something special? Maybe, the opening of a new state park? To build a trail for future generations? Help deliver and develop interpretive programs? Plant trees that will restore the John Day River and one day provide shade for visitors? Or just help visitors enjoy 8,000 acres of terrain and sixteen miles along the banks of the John Day River in eastern Oregon?
Here is your chance. Cottonwood Canyon State Park is opening September 24th and we are looking for one maintenance and one day use/campground host willing to commit at least one month starting in October and November 2013 and then between March and November 2014. We also have room for individuals interested in interpretation, trail building, native plant restoration and (maybe) special construction projects. This new park is full of unique opportunities for involvement… but it might not be for everyone.
There is “remote” and then there is “Cottonwood remote”. There is no cell phone reception at the park and the closest town with full services is 40 minutes away. The park is still being developed and there are only young trees in the host site. We are in the desert and summers are very hot – temperatures have already hit a high of 112 this year and spring/fall can be cold. What we CAN offer is electricity to power on-site laundry, the AC and the heat!
With the remoteness of Cottonwood comes a special place in nature, one that Oregon State Parks is very excited about sharing with you. Even if you’re not interested in hosting, or just wondering what you are getting yourself into, come on out to Cottonwood Canyon State Park for a visit.
Please call the Park Ranger David Spangler for more information at 541-706-1633, or spend a few minutes reading about Cottonwood on the park blog.
Mr. Roger’s famous words illuminate the impact – big or small – that the do-gooders, the Samaritans, the bleeding hearts, the volunteers have on our world. We all know this world is not always a bowl of ice-cream with a cherry on top. We all know of tight budgets, unforeseen disasters, and shifts in our way of life that present challenges to our communities regularly. We all know that we confront and eventually overcome these challenges… but how? Volunteers, that’s how! You will always find people helping, committing their time and energy – for free – to lending a hand for the sake of the well being of their community.
At Oregon State Parks our volunteers lend their time, their skills, and their hands every day. Volunteers are responsible for anything from greeting and providing a meaningful experience for our park visitors, to beautifying our parks, to keeping our staff organized. Imagine our parks system without them…visitors tromping aimlessly through wild jungle that used to be trails, incredible heritage decomposing with time, park rangers running in circles until they collapse in a dizzy haze. In fact, even our strategic direction would be muddled without the help of the Commission (all volunteers!). Our reputation for offering world-class state park experiences is due, in large part, to every Oregon State Parks volunteer and we are so grateful for your support!
The next time you visit one of our special places, I invite you to “Look for the helpers. You will always find people helping…”
Do you enjoy the smell of fresh kettle corn, corn dogs and cotton candy? How about the sights and sounds of carnival rides, animals and amazing events? If you answered YES to any of these questions, then NOW is your chance to sign up to be an Oregon State Fair Volunteer. As a State Fair Volunteer you too can enjoy being part of this great event and help make this the best fair yet!
Volunteers receive a FREE T-Shirt (to be worn as the uniform for all Fair time volunteer activities) and a FREE Fair admission ticket for every 4 hours of service (max. 8 tickets). So come out and volunteer to be part of where Oregon comes together.
We have a variety of opportunities appropriate for youth and seniors, groups and individuals, single day, multi-day, and shifts beginning pre-Fair (6/17/13) and running through post-Fair (9/5/13).
Currently we have positions available to help get ready for Fair. There is an important landscaping project that we need assistance on starting NOW. The project will include pulling weeds and planting new flowers and plants in the landscape and flower beds. It will also include watering flowerbeds, landscape areas, roses flower baskets, flower planters, lawns and more. If you are interested please fill out an application for this opportunity or one of the many that we have available for the State Fair. You can view our other opportunities and complete a volunteer application at the Oregon State Fair website or at the OPRD website under the Get Involved tab.
Questions? Email the State Fair Volunteer Program team at email@example.com and we will get back with you ASAP!
See you there!
Oregon State Parks is looking particularly fetching these days with the new website makeover. Peruse the sleek new site for park-specific information and reservations, special events, park programs, and – of course – volunteer opportunities! The new site makes searching and applying for volunteer opportunities super easy, with a built in opportunity filter and downloadable application…all with an extra level of pizazz! Take a peek at www.oregonstateparks.org, find an opportunity, and we will see you at the parks!
Oregon Parks and Recreation has come to the conclusion that superheroes do, in fact, exist. More commonly known as volunteers, these incredible folk harness their powers for good, in service to their communities. Every year, Oregon Parks and Recreation has engaged about 8,000 superheroes disguised as Park Hosts, Park Adopters, Friends Groups volunteers and individual project volunteers of all ages. Collectively, these good Samaritans volunteer an average of 600,000 hours of their time every year in service to Oregon’s beloved parks. That has to rival Superman!
At Oregon Parks and Recreation, we are proud of the fact that our parks attract visitors from around the world, which is an accomplishment that is due in large part to you- our superhero volunteers. This National Volunteer week, we would like to thank our superheroes, from the bottom of our hearts, for helping to keep our parks beautiful, engaging and dynamic.
Help us continue our legacy by sharing your experiences with friends, family and other community members. We are eager to meet the superheroes of tomorrow and beyond!
Come join our team!
If you enjoy planning special events, engaging volunteers in meaningful service, and working on a team to help provide World Class Service at Oregon State Parks – please consider applying. Visitor Experience Services has an opening for a 6 month temporary employee. This position will offer the ideal candidate the opportunity to do some traveling, screen and place volunteers in service in parks around the state, and help the Visitor Experience Services staff with a variety of operational tasks. Learn more…