Celebrate Summer with Free Family Events at Cape Perpetua, Oregon Dunes

Contact(s): Cape Perpetua Visitor Center, 541-547-3289, Oregon Dunes Visitor Center, 541-271-6000


Waldport, OR – Cool off at the coast this July with a variety of free family events at Cape Perpetua and the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. In addition to the camping, hiking, tidepooling, and picnicking always on tap, visitors can choose from any of the activities below to experience these special places in new ways. Additional details on events are available online or at the Cape Perpetua visitor center.

Saturdays, July 1 & 22: Have fun painting the spectacular landscapes of Cape Perpetua at the Canvas at the Cape Art Program. Ranger Stephanie welcomes budding artists of all ages and experience from 1 to 3pm at the visitor center.

Saturday, July 8: Celebrate the beach in the valley! This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Beach Bill, the Oregon law that made all our beaches open to the public. Join rangers and others who care for and love Oregon’s beaches at this family-friendly state capitol celebration. In Salem from 10am – 2pm. More details here.

Sundays, July 16, 23 & 30: Ever wonder why your photographs don’t come out as great as you expected? Join a professional photographer/ranger on a 2-hour walk down the Captain Cook Trail to learn the secrets of nature photography and more. Meet at the Cape Perpetua visitor center at 9:30am.

Thursday – Friday, July 13 & 14 and Wednesday – Thursday, July 19 & 20: Want to help save an endangered species? At this overnight event, participants will learn all about the marbled murrelet, a seabird that makes its home on the ocean and in the old growth of Cape Perpetua, and collect data to help scientists studying these amazing birds. Visit Portland Audubon for more details and to register. No experience necessary but advance registration is required.

Throughout the summer: Ranger programs most days at the Oregon Dunes Day Use Area and Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, with longer programs and guided hikes at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Most Saturdays, rangers will be at the Oregon Dunes Siltcoos Staging Area and will lead guided hikes on the Wax Myrtle Trail. Junior ranger programs for kids Friday and Saturday evenings at campgrounds around the Oregon Dunes. Programs are from 5:30pm – 7:00pm and alternate between Forest Service and State Park campgrounds. Call Cape Perpetua visitor center for schedule.

These events are free, but a Northwest Forest Pass, Oregon Coast Passport, federal recreation pass, or $5 day-use fee is required within the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area and at some trailheads and day use sites. For more information on these events, contact the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center at 541-547-3289. To learn more about family-friendly activities on the forest, visit https://go.usa.gov/x5Xrq.





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