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Become a member of the Friends of the Oregon Caves and Chateau

Help ensure that the National Historic Landmark Lodge, The Oregon Caves Chateau, and over 4000 acres of our treasured Oregon Caves National Monument will be enjoyed for generations to come!

Join the Friends….

$25 – $99 –   Friend

$100 – $249  –  Supporter

$250 – $999   –   Spelunker  Club – By joining at this level in 2016 you will receive a  Commemorative View Master.   The Oregon Caves is the official birthplace of the View Master….so we have created a special set of three reels and your own viewer.

$1000 or more  –  Sam Baker/Gust Lium Society you will join your friends and colleagues in support and receive special benefits, including:

  • Commemorative View Master
  • Invitations to special Friends events throughout the year
  • Recognition in the Friends of the Oregon Caves and Chateau Annual Report
  • Recognition of donors over $1000 in the Chateau.
  • Commemorative cards and tote

For over 100 years, visitors from all over the United States and foreign countries have enjoyed the remarkable Oregon Caves National Monument.  Nestled high in the splendor of the botanically rich Siskiyou Mountains, generations of families have returned to enjoy cave tours, hiking and learning about the rare marble cave geology of the region.   The Oregon Caves Chateau, a National  Historic Landmark and the primary historic structure in the Monument, is on the National Register of Historic Places, and has been welcoming guests for over 80 years.

The Oregon Caves and its unique Chateau are one of the most remarkable parts of our community.  In addition to being a part of our common heritage, the Oregon Caves National Monument constitutes an important economic asset for the communities of the Illinois Valley, the Oregon Coast and Grants Pass.  Tourism and recreation dollars contribute to many sectors of the region, including employment at the Caves and Chateau and increased traffic at local businesses.

Most visitors will remember the experience for a lifetime. While the Caves natural wonder endures, the Chateau needs our help.

There are a variety of ways you can join…

Online – Send us your membership donation by going to this link…

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By Mail

Friends of the Oregon Caves and Chateau
P.O. Box 2195
Grants Pass, OR 97528 

Leave a Bequest or lifetime gift through the Oregon Community Foundation

Friends of the Oregon Caves Chateau – OCF Fund
The Oregon Community Foundation
1221 SW Yamhill St, #100
Portland, OR 97205

Amy Cuddy at OCF can work with you to establish a bequest or a lifetime gift.


Why take action now?

Donations by friends and supporters demonstrating local, statewide and national support is essential to gain the attention of the NPS budget process in order for the Chateau’s full structural restoration to be realized.

There is much to cherish. This Chateau, built during the Depression, still retains the local timbers and cedar bark harvested from logs on the Oregon Coast. The Chateau’s original lighting fixtures and many historic details bring joy to visitors. However, many of the Chateau’s original features urgently require attention. Lack of insulation in the guest rooms, creaky plumbing, badly aged electrical and heating systems and worn interiors all require upgrading to allow the Chateau to realize its historic contribution to both culture and the local economy.

The Friends depend on your tax-deductible donations to help support the Monument and to restore the grandeur of one the nation’s oldest Great Lodges, the Oregon Caves Chateau. Its unique collection of historic Monterey Furniture allows visitors to share the Chateau’s excitement and grandeur. While the Chateau is one of only three publicly-owned historic lodges in Oregon that provides overnight accommodations, both Timberline Lodge and Crater Lake Lodge have already been restored in this fashion. Now it’s time for the Oregon Caves Chateau!