Timber Park now offers 'journey of discovery' experience for visitors to enjoy

Apr. 29, 2024

PGE’s Timber Park in Estacada recently celebrated the launch of a new TRACK Trail designed to provide an engaging environmental scavenger hunt experience for young children and their families, encouraging them to embrace the outdoors.

The TRACK Trail features a range of self-guided activities, transforming a typical hike into a journey of discovery. Visitors to Timber’s TRACK Trail can learn from five colorful brochures designed to teach children about wildlife, trees and local history, including River Mill Dam and Powerhouse, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One of the brochures is bilingual (English / Spanish), while another is tailored for sensory stimulation.

Children who participate in the program can log their TRACK Trail adventures at kidsinparks.com PGE to earn a variety of prizes, boosting excitement and encouraging their next outdoor adventure. Since its launch in 2008, this national program has had more than 1 million TRACK Trail adventures completed by children.

“We’re thrilled about our collaboration with the City of Estacada, Estacada Chamber, Kids in Parks and Oregon Parks Forever to enhance recreational and educational offerings for our community,” said Lindsay Smith, PGE Parks & Recreation manager. “Fun and educational resources, like TRACK Trails, help foster a connection between youth and our local parks.”

PGE hosted a community celebration April 20 at Timber Park. Randy Ealy, center, senior manager, Local Government Affairs & Business Development, participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony to introduce the TRACK Trails kiosk.

Did you know, whether perched along the bank, wading in the water, or flying overhead, there are many birds to observe in Estacada Lake? A TRACK Trails brochure will teach visitors about the birds that call Timber Park home.