Work off that turkey the day after Thanksgiving with a hike on Smith Rock’s trails instead of the mall.
And do it for free thanks to Green Friday.
For the second successive year, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will waive day-use parking fees at the 26 state parks the charge them on November 25.
The fee stations will be covered up, so if you really want to pay, send them a donation.
We applaud the trend started by REI with their “Opt Outside” campaign to reverse the burst of consumerism that traditionally marks the start of our holiday season. Read more... (133 words, 1 image, estimated 32 secs reading time)
Now in its 14th year here at Smith Rock State Park, the annual Oregon Archaeology Celebration (OAC) Friday evening lecture series adds a special Saturday event starting this weekend, October 1.
Oct. 1 [Saturday], noon-3 p.m.: Welcome Center
Patrick O’Grady, Ph.D., and staff archaeologist for the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History will display and discuss “The Traveling Museum of Oregon Prehistory.”
With over thirty 1’x2′ display boards of photos, text and drawings explaining the technologies represented on each board, the museum also includes loose artifacts like those shown below.
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On Friday, June 30, you may have seen some “plein air” painters set up at the Overlook at Smith Rock State Park. That’s the French phrase for “open air” painting enjoyed by many in the outdoors.
Local Bend Artist, Cindy Briggs and her “Make Every Day A Painting” International Workshop partner, Theresa Goesling brought the group to Smith Rock, as part of a 3 part workshop from Bend to Sunriver Resort.
Cindy and Theresa love bringing their students to the park.
“We enjoyed our Plein Air Watercolor Sketchbook Workshop at Smith Rock. As always it was spectacular. The pavilion offers shade and an amazing perspective of the stone cathedrals.” Read more... (131 words, 2 images, estimated 31 secs reading time)
Why is there a Beaver on the Oregon State Flag? For that answer and more about the early days the Smith Rock area, come find out Memorial Weekend.
The event runs both Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Living history presenters from the High Desert Museum and Ft. Vancouver will be set up near the Welcome Center.
They’ll have displays and discussions about the 1820-1830’s Fur Trade Era which brought Euro-Americans like Peter Ogden through Smith Rock.
The event is free, however, you will need to purchase a day use parking pass or display your annual. Read more... (105 words, 1 image, estimated 25 secs reading time)