Want to know more about Smith Rock State Park's explosive past and get up close and personal with some really cool rocks? From Indian lore to the science behind the park's formation, you've got a few opportunities still left in June and July.
Sponsored by Plein Air Painters of Oregon (PAPO) and Smith Rock State Park, artists at work will be located throughout the park from 8:00-11:30 AM.
Come and votefor your favorite painting from noon to 1:00 PM in the grassy area next to the Welcome Center. Stay for Smith Rock's Interpretive Naturalist David Vick Geology Rocks talk from 12:30-1:00 PM, then watch the presentation of the People's Choice Awards at 1:30.
While the upper reworked section of the Homestead Trail is not complete, (but soon!) you can enjoy a new addition, thanks to the descendants of emigrant nonindigenous settlers that began to occupy the area in the late 1800s.
Free day? You heard that right. And it's not just at Smith Rock State Park. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) wants people to stay and play for free all over Oregon to celebrate State Parks Day on Saturday, June 3.
You may have seen them in the park—young cadets in uniform, marching up Misery Ridge, maybe recently trail-building on the upper Homestead Trail. They are from The Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge Program (OYCP), the only accredited statewide alternative high school for kids ages 16-18.