US Capitol Christmas Tree

Call for large ornaments

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

 

We hope to create 2,000 additional large ornaments as part of our larger goal of sending 10,000 ornaments to D.C. this year. All Oregon residents are invited to create and submit ornaments directly to us or to attend an upcoming ornament making event. 

Make your own: large ornaments should be 9-12 inches, reflective and colorful, lightweight and waterproof. They cannot include any logos.  Download this brochure for specifications and themes. For ornament ideas, check out our photos and instructions posted here. Keep in mind these are just ideas; feel free to get creative! All ornaments must be received by October 1 and can be dropped off in person at any one of our drop locations located here or mailed to the Sweet Home Ranger District at: 4431 Hwy 20, Sweet Home OR 97386. 

 

Stop by an ornament making event: 
Oregon Jamboree - August 3-5, Deschutes Brewery Park Stage (Friday 2-7 p.m.; Saturday, 1-7 p.m.; Sunday 1-6 p.m.) (tickets required)
Sweet Home Community Health Fair - August 18 from 10AM - 2PM, Sweet Home High School Activity Center
Oregon State Fair - August 25 and September 1 from 10AM – 5PM, Salem (tickets required)
Harvest Fest - October 13 from 10AM - 2PM Sankey Park, Sweet Home

 

For more information, or to ask additional questions, please contact Stefanie Gatchell or Nancy Shadomy at the Sweet Home Ranger Station: 541-367-5168 or capitolchristmastree2018@gmail.com.


 

 

 

Trail of the Month: Iron Mountain

Sunday, July 22, 2018

It’s no surprise that Iron Mountain is one of the most well-known hikes on the Sweet Home Ranger District. The area is home to more than 300 species of flowering plants and jaw-dropping geology. There are several different access points to the trail near Highway 20 east of Sweet Home. Hikers can enjoy a range of treks from a 1 mile jaunt up to summit from the Civil Road trailhead, or a longer 9 mile loop that includes Cone Peak. A viewing platform sits on the summit at the site of an old fire lookout. On a clear day, one can see all the way north to Mt Hood and south to the Three Sisters. Peak wildflower season is July, so this is the perfect opportunity to check out Iron Mountain!