Welcome young hikers, boaters, anglers & naturalists to … (2011)
The weather is turning warmer. And you know what that means? It’s time to play outside! Whether you’re looking for parks near your home, or a park in the opposite corner of the state, head to the new Outdoor Seekers website to find a spot you’re sure to love.
Parents, take note! The Outdoor Seekers website is part of the Outdoor Seekers program, which champions each child’s right to explore the outdoors. A web map features 300 Oregon locations where you and your kids can:
- Follow a trail
- Go boating
- Camp out under the stars
- Learn to swim
- Walk barefoot on a beach
- Climb a tree
- Observe animals in their habitat
- Catch a fish
- Play in a nearby park
- Explore Oregon’s culture and history
A list of those activities appears in an “Outdoor Seekers” passport designed for children ages 6-12. You can download the passport from the website. After you try all the activities, send the passport to the Oregon Recreation and Parks Association (ORPA) and, in return, be declared an official “Outdoor Seeker.” You will receive a certificate and a fun, mystery prize.
Along with parks from 50 other government agencies and non-profit recreation providers, outdoorseekers.com visitors can find Oregon state parks where they can go to check off a passport activity. State Parks Day, June 4, offers a chance to “camp out under the stars” for free. Some parks will have passport friendly special activities and Junior Ranger programs.