Category Archives: Education

Maybe If We Ask Nicely?

New signs asking visitors to “PLEASE stay on the trails” are popping up around the park as yet another plea to the public to help Smith Rock State Park stay special.

Last month covered the “Smith Rock Needs Your Help” initiative put forth by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

5 Ways to Help Smith Rock poster ask nicely
See the 5 Ways to Help Smith Rock State Park

It outlined 5 ways for visitors to take responsibility for their impact on the park.

It covers everything from self-preparedness and trail preservation to controlling your pet.

Up Close and Personal with George Lepp and the Bald Eagles of Smith Rock

George Lepp is serious about capturing bald eagles, photographically speaking.

Two years ago he spent 12 weeks and over 80 hours documenting a pair of bald eagles from hatching to fledging. After watching the 10-minute movie in the Welcome Center he made of the process, we wanted to learn more about George.

George Lepp photographing bald eagles at Smith Rock State ParkSome of his credits include Field Editor for Outdoor Photographer Magazine and a Canon “Explorer of Light,”¬†which features the industry’s most influential photographers.

His images have appeared in some of the world’s most widely viewed venues and on the covers of many books and magazines too numerous to list here.

Leave No Trace Partners Locally to Help Smith Rock

Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics‘ mission is to protect the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly.

After participating in Smith Rock’s 23rd annual Spring Thing trail cleaning/building day, they saw the need to put that mission to the test with the Smith Rock Needs Your Help Project.

Over 700,000 visitors come to the park’s 758 acres yearly, with 19,000 campers using The Bivy campground. Climbers, birders, hikers, trail runners, horseback riders, mountain bikers, and paddlers all use the park.