The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department enhances the city s natural beauty; establishes, maintains and protects parks and natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreational sites; and coordinates recreational, educational and athletic activities. It offers a junior ranger program for children between the ages of 6 and 20. The department offers a variety of recreational programs, such as camping and swimming. Its heritage programs division supports local preservation efforts through the State Historic Preservation Office. The department s natural resource division is responsible for land stewardship, marine conservation, conducting permit programs, developing resource policies and taking care of plants and animals. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is located in Salem, Ore.