But shoppers need to act quickly. Merchandise is on sale now, and supplies are limited. Purchases can be made only through the Oregon State Parks’ store, or by calling 1-800-551-6949. Free shipping is included with all items. “We are excited to announce our first line of products featuring the state park shield,” said OPRD Director Lisa Sumption. “The shield represents all state parks, and it’s a symbol that Oregonians take pride in. It’s one of the most recognized and happiest symbols in Oregon.”
An interesting, even eclectic, selection of gift gear awaits shoppers. Browse for essentials like baseball caps, water bottles, portable coolers, a pocket knife, a picnic blanket and even a set of telescoping skewers for toasting marshmallows. Stocking stuffer items include a collapsible solar lantern, a portable pet food bowl, reusable eating utensils and a full color Oregon State Park shield key chain that doubles as a dog tag.
For the kids, the state park mascot J.R. Beaver is featured on several items: a hat, a lightweight stainless steel water bottle, a colorful cinch sack and a special polar fleece hoodie that is too cute to be believed. Feel a need to fling something? OPRD has created a signature set of three discs that show the location of OPRD’s nine courses throughout the state. The discs come with a special carrying satchel that holds up to six discs and a water bottle.
The Gift Gear campaign will rotate new items onto the website as they become available. “This is an experiment,” Sumption said. “We want to get a feel for what our visitors like, and what kind of demand exists for parks-branded items.”