Oregon ridge nature center council

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Group Gathering Permits

(there is no fee associated with a Group Gathering Permit)

Groups of 10 – 25 must apply for a Group Gathering Permit no less than 10 days prior to their visit.

Groups of 25 or more are only permitted in the park when attending a Nature Center sponsored program or when renting a pavilion.

All Park guidelines for group gatherings are listed on the permit you receive; however, please make note of the following:

  • No alcohol
  • No crabs
  • No glass
  • No fires
  • No amplified music
  • No balloons

Group Gathering Permits are written for a 4-hour maximum and must end ½ hour prior to sunset.

Pavilion Rentals and Nature Center programs take priority over group gatherings. A group gathering cannot use a pavilion even if the pavilion is not in use. Open pavilions are available only for individuals and families of less than 10.

Pavilion grills are not available to Group Gathering Permit holders. Gas and propane grills are prohibited.

The Nature Play Space near the Nature Center is not available to groups. The tot-lot and playground near the lake is available for group use.

Please note: Permits are issued by the Nature Center and only apply to the Nature Center area of the park and trail system. The Nature Center is located behind the Oregon Grille Restaurant. A Nature Center permit does not grant access to the Lodge area of the park or the playground at the Lodge.

If you are ready to apply for a Group Gathering Permit, please fill out the form below and send it to us a minimum of 10 days prior to your requested date.

Apply for a Group Gathering Permit

Group Gatherings Form

Should you require further clarification or have additional questions, please contact us via email at info@OregonRidgeNatureCenter.org.

You may also give us a call during regular business hours Tuesday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 410-887-1815. Outside of regular business hours you will receive a quicker reply via email. Weekend staff are not able to answer questions regarding permits.