Forest Service Field Rangers, Ranger Programs, and Junior Ranger programs return to Cape Perpetua and the Oregon Dunes

Release Date: Jun 10, 2015

Contact(s): Paul Meznarich, David Thompson

Do you want to take a hike with stunning ocean views under a canopy of giant trees or across towering sand dunes in the company of your very own guide? Would you like to better understand subjects like coastal rainforest ecology, cultural history or dune restoration? Are you looking for opportunities to connect children to the outdoors through meaningful educational and family oriented experiences? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then head to the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area and Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area this summer to find Siuslaw National Forest field rangers waiting to guide you on new adventures.  

“Our field rangers create opportunities for visitors to make positive, memorable and lasting connections to their public lands,” said David Thompson, Siuslaw National Forest interpretive specialist and manager of the field ranger program. “This is also our chance to put a face to the efforts of those in our Forest who strive year-round to serve the greater good of the public through their efforts in recreation, restoration and community partnerships.”

The field ranger program, known as Valuing People and Places, is serving the public for its sixth year. This year’s crew hails from across the nation and the United Kingdom with degrees from the Universities of North Carolina, Oklahoma, San Diego State, Saint Cloud-Minnesota, California-Santa Cruz, Eastern Kentucky, Keele-UK, and Amherst College.

Additionally, retired professionals who are Forest Service volunteers will join the group this summer.

Visitors can take advantage of ranger-led hikes and programs all summer at Cape Perpetua and the Oregon Dunes:

  • Programs by request: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays through Tuesdays
  • Junior Ranger Programs: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

“Ranger programs are great for those who want a more in-depth nature experience and a chance to really connect with these special places,” Thompson said. 

Field rangers can be found wherever Forest Service “welcome” flags are displayed along Highway 101. Visitors also can inquire about field ranger programs and locations by calling the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center, 541-547-3289, or the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area Visitor Center, 541-271-6000.  

Field ranger greeting a visitor at Cape Perpetua