Pull a weed! Take a hike! (2010)
Celebrate Earth Day in a state park
Are there places on Earth where you can pull weeds and have fun doing it? Yes, at several Oregon state parks during Earth Day events April 17 and April 24.
Other than being called “invasive species” by park people, a state park weed isn’t different from any other weed. It just grows in surroundings more scenic than most, and in places where fun is only 2-3 hours of weed pulling away.
Champoeg State Heritage Area and Silver Falls State Park even have events planned to assure fun is part of their celebrations. After joining a SOLV IT volunteer work party to remove invasive English ivy from Champoeg’s park trails, a ranger will lead an afternoon nature stroll along the Willamette River. Young visitors also will have a chance to learn how to earn a Junior Ranger badge, and complete one of two activities—“The Incredible Chinook Salmon” or “My Trip to the Beach.”
At Silver Falls State Park, after a festive time removing Scotch broom, you can take a ranger-led hike through the woods and learn about the park’s more honored plants.
Other weed, uh, invasive species removal will take place at
- North Santiam State Recreation Area
- Rooster Rock State Park and the East Mayer day-use area at Mayer State Park
- Carl Washburne State Park
- Stub Stewart State Park
If you can’t make it April 17, you can join the fun April 24 sprucing up the trail to Latourell Falls in Guy Talbot State Park or cleaning up along the Wallowa River in Minam State Recreation Area. At Minam, you also can learn how to make recycled paper and build a birdhouse.
See the State Parks Event Calendar for more information and event times.
Champoeg State Heritage Area
Silver Falls State Park
North Santiam State Recreation Area
Rooster Rock State Park
Mayer State Park
Carl Washburne State Park
Stub Stewart State Park
Guy Talbot State Park
Minam State Recreation Area