Culver Crawdad Festival

Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 10 am – 5 pm

Parade is on 1st Ave, between Iris and D Street, at 10 am and then the festival follows in Culver Veterans Memorial Park.

J.R. Beaver is looking forward to seeing you at the Parade!

The festival is fun for the whole family with music, games, food and a variety of vendors – and of course, crawdads!  This year Crawdad dinners or Steak, with cornbread, corn on the cob, watermelon and soda is only $10.  For more information, please go to Culver Crawdad Facebook Page

Make a day of it –

HUG A TREE & SURVIVE  08/18/19 | 8:30 pm – 9:15 pm

If you are staying at The Cove Palisades State Park over the weekend, join Crook County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in Deschutes Campground, at the Camp Coyote Amphitheater,  for Hug A Tree and Survive.  This is a fun but super important 45 minute program that teaches the whole family how to stay found!  Hand outs for children provided.

Earth Day Volunteer Project

Saturday, April 20, 2019

9:00 am – 12:00 pm


Be part of Earth Day’s biggest Earth Day event in Oregon – Sponsored by SOLVE Taking Care of Oregon.  To ensure enough resources and supplies, please sign up Solve It

Welcome to The Cove Palisades State Park! You are invited this Earth Day to come out and help remove non-native plant species from the Crooked River Nature Trail. This area is flat and mostly sunny. If enough volunteers come, we may do some trail work on the Rim Trail as well, this is a little steeper.

Please wear closed-toed shoes, dress in layers, as it can be cool in the morning and warm up towards noon, and bring garden or leather work gloves to work in. Hats and sunglasses are recommended. Tools, trash bags, sunscreen, refreshments and water will be provided.

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Students from Culver Middle School removing invasive mullen from the trail.

For questions, or more information, please call Ranger Erin Bennett at 541-546-3412 x 229 or email at

5th Annual Eagle Watch Art Contest Winners Announced

McKaylie Capps, 12th grade, Redmond High School

The 5th annual Eagle Watch Art contest encourages students from Jefferson, Deschutes and Crook Counties to show their knowledge and love for birds of prey!  (Native bald or golden eagles, hawks, falcons, vultures and owls are encouraged.)

Judges are made up of a panel from Eagle Watch partners – Jill Nishball, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Thad Fitzhenery, Portland General Electric and Stacy Lacey, United States Forest Service. Winners are chosen based on creativity and originality of their chosen medium by grade level. This year students from six Central Oregon Schools submitted amazingly creative representations of these mighty birds and their habitats in eight different mediums.

Awards will be given out at Eagle Watch, a “Culver Tradition” since 1996, on Saturday, February 23rd at 12:30 pm.  Congratulations to all this year’s winners!

Kay Olivera 10th grade Redmond High School

Madeline Gardner, Cascade Middle School

Technical Category for High School/Prezi Presentation – Red Tailed Hawks – Jesus H., Culver High School

Honorable Mention Awards went to:

  • Info/Drawing (6-8) – Magdalena Rowe, Cascade Middle School
  • Pen & Ink (6-8) – Mielle Sebulsky, Cascade Middle School
  • Pencil Drawing (6-8) – Kristen Forrester, Culver Middle School 
  • Mixed Media (4-5) – Abby Powers, Black Butte School
  • Mixed Media (6-8) – Oberline Short, Lauren Burkey, Isabella Richads, Culver Middle School
  • Photography (6-8) – Logan Macy, Culver Middle School
  • Colored Drawings (6-8) – Kailee Macy, Culver Middle School
  • Ceramics (9-12) – Alix Kostrba, Redmond High School


Astronomy Lovers, this is your year!

There is so much to get excited about in the night sky, here is a partial list of the highlights to come:

2019 is featuring five eclipses, a rare planet transit, one of the best meteor showers and a super blood wolf moon. The new year will also bring three supermoons, a blue moon, multiple meteor showers, close approach by the moon and Jupiter and several rocket launches. For more information, check out KTVU’s recent post. (

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The first major event you don’t want to miss is the super, blood, wolf moon on January 20th photo credit: NRIS

A “blood moon” is essentially a poetic name for what’s called a “total lunar eclipse” that occurs during a supermoon. On an ordinary day, the moon gets its shine from direct sunlight reflecting on its surface, but during a lunar eclipse, the moon moves through the Earth’s umbra (the darkest and most central area of Earth’s shadow).  During this time, the Earth, moon, and sun are almost perfectly aligned. You’d think this would make the moon go completely dark, but instead, the moon gets illuminated by indirect sunlight. The first full moon in January is typically known as a “wolf moon”; however other cultures may have different names for each month’s full moon. North and South America should have a great view if clouds don’t get in your way. NASA projects the total eclipse duration at about 1 hour and 2 minutes. The peak, in Oregon, is expected at approximately 9:12 pm PST (or 12:15 am EST), according to  No special equipment will be necessary to view the eclipse, just find a dark, clear, uncluttered bit of night sky, then sit back and enjoy the show. For those of you who go to bed early, you’ll have to wait until 2021 to see the next one.

The Cove Palisades State Park will have summer programs highlighting some of the years special astronomical peaks beginning in May – Check out the Programs Tab to join us! Prineville Reservoir State Park, just an hour east of The Cove, boasts the darkest night sky in Central Oregon. This is the 20th annual, Star Party which will be all day fun for the whole family. Check for more information, coming soon. Also, visit the Oregon Observatory at for telescope stargazing that is out of this world!

A BIG thank you to our visitors this year!

“JR Beaver” and park staff had the privilege to provide:

  • 18 kayak tours
  • 64 junior ranger programs
  • 25 school field trips
  • 147 park programs
  • 9 special events

To more than 10,000 visitors at The Cove and Jefferson County in 2018.

We can’t do all of this alone. We would like to thank our awesome partners and guest speakers: Portland General Electric, Crook County Search & Rescue, BLM, National Crooked River Grassland, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Lake Chinook Fire & Rescue, Carrie Gordon (USFS-ret), Robert Smith and Paul Patton (OPRD), Sunriver Nature Center, Museum at Warm Springs, and Culver Middle School.

Here are just a few highlights from this year….

We wish you a happy holiday season and a bright 2019!

— The Cove Palisades State Park Team