Who are the Friends?
Friends of Historic Champoeg (FHC) is an educational nonprofit based at Champoeg State Heritage Area. We work in partnership with Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) to bring our passion for interpretation of the cultural and natural history of this place to life.
Many state and national parks have associated Friends groups made up of dedicated volunteers, and we are no different. We are a group of volunteers, interpreters, donating members, and a small support staff who all work hard to enrich the lives of thousands of school children (through our Promise Program), and the public alike, every year here at Champoeg.
FHC is completely self-funded, meaning we do not receive funds from the state or OPRD. Rather, it is through the generous contributions of our members and donors, along with sales at the Champoeg Store that funds FHC.
Click here to find out more about volunteer opportunities. We would love to hear from you.
Want more information on how to become a donating member? Click here.
What do we do?
Part of our mission statement reads: FHC works "to promote and interpret the cultural and natural history of Champoeg and Oregon thereby enhancing a significant heritage resource for the people of Oregon." We do this in several different ways:
Promise Program: This is our award winning (American Association for State and Local History, Award of Merit 2007) field trip program for grades 1-8. It is an illuminating series of four distinct, age-appropriate curricula that engages thousands of students annually. Students are led by costumed educators through this hands-on, interactive, interdisciplinary program where they explore Champoeg's multicultural history, government, and archaeological research on the site.
To learn more about the Promise program or sign up your class click here.
Public Programming: We assist Champoeg park staff to bring free programming, throughout the year, to visitors of the park. To see our volunteers and interpreters in action, bringing history to life, click here for a schedule of events.
Champoeg Store: The Champoeg Store is located inside the Visitor Center. The store is great resource for snacks, books, disc golf gear, gifts, a small selection of camp goods and more. We also sell Oregon State Parks annual day-use parking passes, a must have for anyone who frequents Oregon parks. Every purchase made in the store goes directly to helping fund our programs. To learn more about what the store has to offer or annual day-use passes click here.
Looking for information about park hours, day-use, camping, reservations or any other park related topic? Click here to be redirected to OPRD's Champoeg website or call the park directly at 503-678-1251
Please explore this site further and thank you for your interest and support of FHC and Champoeg!