State park rangers in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and Columbia River Gorge have started a new program this summer called “Let’s Go” to introduce newcomers to activities such as hiking, birding, disc golf, canoeing and kayaking.
“We know people want to get out and have fun, but sometimes they don’t know how to get started with something new,” said Steve Janiszewski, state parks support manager for the Willamette Valley and Columbia Gorge. “We think a friendly state park ranger can help break the ice.”
Some of the activities are free; others require a small fee. Programs are open to children 8 and up, but those under 14 must be accompanied by a parent. A list of activities, locations and times can be found at tinyurl.com/oregonletsgo.