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February 23rd, 2018

  • Image preview Coastal Trails/Ancient Forests (Neskowin)
    Visit a lighthouse, ancient forests, coastal beaches, and spectacular overlooks on this weekend trip to hike and explore the area around Cape Lookout and Neskowin, Oregon. We’ll stay in the enchanting Neskowin Valley and have a central lodge with a fireplace to cook meals, hang out in the evenings, and stay warm and dry. Spring comes to the Oregon Coast  a few weeks earlier than Portland, so the frogs will entertain you at night with their choruses, and the first wildflowers will be blooming.
    until February 25

February 24th, 2018

  • Image preview All Day: Coastal Trails/Ancient Forests (Neskowin)
    Visit a lighthouse, ancient forests, coastal beaches, and spectacular overlooks on this weekend trip to hike and explore the area around Cape Lookout and Neskowin, Oregon. We’ll stay in the enchanting Neskowin Valley and have a central lodge with a fireplace to cook meals, hang out in the evenings, and stay warm and dry. Spring comes to the Oregon Coast  a few weeks earlier than Portland, so the frogs will entertain you at night with their choruses, and the first wildflowers will be blooming.
    until February 25
  • Image preview All Day: Mt Hood Snowshoe Day Trip 4
    Sign up begins: Friday, Feb 2

    Snowshoe on the trails around Oregon’s tallest volcano!  Weather permitting, we’ll head up one of the trails on the east side of Mt. Hood, looking for great views of the mountain. Snowshoeing takes a fair amount of energy, but it is great exercise and doesn’t require any previous experience.

February 25th, 2018

  • Image preview All Day: Coastal Trails/Ancient Forests (Neskowin)
    Visit a lighthouse, ancient forests, coastal beaches, and spectacular overlooks on this weekend trip to hike and explore the area around Cape Lookout and Neskowin, Oregon. We’ll stay in the enchanting Neskowin Valley and have a central lodge with a fireplace to cook meals, hang out in the evenings, and stay warm and dry. Spring comes to the Oregon Coast  a few weeks earlier than Portland, so the frogs will entertain you at night with their choruses, and the first wildflowers will be blooming.
  • Image preview All Day: Skate Ski Clinic 2
    Skate skiing (also called race skiing) is an exciting, fast-moving sport. It’s like ice-skating, but on snow. If you already know how to rollerblade or ice-skate, you can pick up skate skiing in no time! Come give it a try with our skate ski equipment! We have everything you need, at no extra rental charge. You’ll learn on the groomed tracks at the Teacup Lake Nordic Center on the east side of Mt. Hood. These trails are groomed each weekend by the Oregon Nordic Club. Since the area is well marked, once you learn the basics, you can go at your own pace and ski whatever loops you choose. For more information, stop by our office in Templeton.
  • Image preview All Day: X-Country Ski Clinic 4
    This is a one-day trip to Teacup Lake Nordic Area on Mt. Hood for cross-country skiers. After a beginning ski skills clinic, we will head out to explore the surrounding groomed ski trails and practice the techniques we’ve learned.  The trip fee includes all transportation and gear.  If you are a more experienced skier, you are welcome to sign up for this trip to get out and do some more independent skiing (skate or classic) on the 20 km of trails at Teacup Lake.

March 3rd, 2018

  • Image preview Winter Camping Clinic
    Learn the skills of winter camping, using gear sleds, wielding those fancy-looking shovels and snow saws, and staying overnight in snow shelters you build. This trip  is moderately strenuous, and is recommended for those in good physical shape and who are comfortable in the outdoors. There is a mandatory 1.5 hour pre-trip meeting before we head out for the snow, since winter camping is not the sort of thing you want to jump into without a little background. Join us for this amazing weekend and learn how to live in the snow.
    until March 4
  • Image preview All Day: Waterfall Hike in the Columbia Gorge
    Trip sign-up begins: Friday, February 9
    Come visit some of the spectacular waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge! Less than an hour from campus are striking trails through lush forests dripping with ferns and mosses. Along the way, you’ll see amazing waterfalls and the fascinating rock formations that they tumble over.

March 4th, 2018

  • Image preview All Day: Winter Camping Clinic
    Learn the skills of winter camping, using gear sleds, wielding those fancy-looking shovels and snow saws, and staying overnight in snow shelters you build. This trip  is moderately strenuous, and is recommended for those in good physical shape and who are comfortable in the outdoors. There is a mandatory 1.5 hour pre-trip meeting before we head out for the snow, since winter camping is not the sort of thing you want to jump into without a little background. Join us for this amazing weekend and learn how to live in the snow.

March 9th, 2018

  • Image preview Lewis & Clark National Historic Park Service Project
    Trip sign-up begins: Friday, February 9

    Come visit the beautiful Lewis & Clark National Historic Park at Fort Clatsup near the mouth of the Columbia river in northwest Oregon.  This park features spectacularly lush coastal forests dripping with moss, as well as rich northwest history. We’ll head out Friday after dinner, spend the night in cozy yurts, and volunteer for the park on
    Saturday before heading back to campus in time for dinner. This is a great chance to explore a fascinating area and give back to the parks we love!
    until March 10

March 10th, 2018

  • Image preview All Day: High Desert Hike #2
    Come explore the dry side of the Columbia River Gorge east of the town of Hood River. This dramatic landscape, sculpted by the largest floods in earth’s geologic history, has spectacular hiking trails, a lot less rain, and usually a good supply of sunshine.  Join us to get some exercise, fresh air, and to see spring come to the east side of the Cascade mountains while hiking up to some stunning viewpoints above the Columbia River.
  • Image preview All Day: Lewis & Clark National Historic Park Service Project
    Trip sign-up begins: Friday, February 9

    Come visit the beautiful Lewis & Clark National Historic Park at Fort Clatsup near the mouth of the Columbia river in northwest Oregon.  This park features spectacularly lush coastal forests dripping with moss, as well as rich northwest history. We’ll head out Friday after dinner, spend the night in cozy yurts, and volunteer for the park on
    Saturday before heading back to campus in time for dinner. This is a great chance to explore a fascinating area and give back to the parks we love!

March 17th, 2018

  • Image preview Spring Birding w Ken Clifton
    Trip sign-up begins: Friday, February 23

    Join Biology professor Ken Clifton for an afternoon of bird watching at Ridgfield National Wildlife Refuge.  Hike through this area of wetlands and forest along  channels of the Columbia River and spot dozens of  majestic birds.

March 18th, 2018

  • Image preview Oregon Coast Hike 2
    Trip sign-up begins: Friday, February 23 

    Join us on the Oregon Coast to hike along the ocean beaches and surrounding trails to find huge Sitka spruce trees, ferns, cascading streams, and waterfalls. We’ll hike through forest to bays and coves where we can watch waves crash. The seven-mile round trip hike traverses emerald green coastal forests showcasing Oregon’s natural treasures.

March 23rd, 2018

  • Image preview Spring Break: Hike & Kayak Redwood NP
    Come stay at a lodge and cabins in Redwood National Park for Spring Break! We’ll spend the week hiking through huge redwood forests and stunning beaches on the Pacific Ocean. We’ll also spend part of the trip learning how to handle a kayak on the bays and lagoons adjacent to the ocean. It’s the start of spring in these spectacular forests, so the wildflowers will be blooming. The main lodge where we stay has a huge kitchen for cooking meals, great resources for learning about redwood ecology, and hot showers, too! Redwoods are the tallest living things in the world. Don’t miss this opportunity to live among them for a week! You can get one credit in PE/A 142, “Wilderness Leadership” for participation during this trip as long you register prior to drop/add and complete a drop/add form. This class counts as an activity credit for graduation. Plan to add $5/day for vegan, gluten-free, or other specialized diet requests (a vegetarian option is included at no extra charge).  Medical dietary restrictions are exempt from the additional $5/day fee.
    until March 31

March 24th, 2018

  • Image preview All Day: Spring Break: Hike & Kayak Redwood NP
    Come stay at a lodge and cabins in Redwood National Park for Spring Break! We’ll spend the week hiking through huge redwood forests and stunning beaches on the Pacific Ocean. We’ll also spend part of the trip learning how to handle a kayak on the bays and lagoons adjacent to the ocean. It’s the start of spring in these spectacular forests, so the wildflowers will be blooming. The main lodge where we stay has a huge kitchen for cooking meals, great resources for learning about redwood ecology, and hot showers, too! Redwoods are the tallest living things in the world. Don’t miss this opportunity to live among them for a week! You can get one credit in PE/A 142, “Wilderness Leadership” for participation during this trip as long you register prior to drop/add and complete a drop/add form. This class counts as an activity credit for graduation. Plan to add $5/day for vegan, gluten-free, or other specialized diet requests (a vegetarian option is included at no extra charge).  Medical dietary restrictions are exempt from the additional $5/day fee.
    until March 31

March 25th, 2018

  • Image preview All Day: Spring Break: Hike & Kayak Redwood NP
    Come stay at a lodge and cabins in Redwood National Park for Spring Break! We’ll spend the week hiking through huge redwood forests and stunning beaches on the Pacific Ocean. We’ll also spend part of the trip learning how to handle a kayak on the bays and lagoons adjacent to the ocean. It’s the start of spring in these spectacular forests, so the wildflowers will be blooming. The main lodge where we stay has a huge kitchen for cooking meals, great resources for learning about redwood ecology, and hot showers, too! Redwoods are the tallest living things in the world. Don’t miss this opportunity to live among them for a week! You can get one credit in PE/A 142, “Wilderness Leadership” for participation during this trip as long you register prior to drop/add and complete a drop/add form. This class counts as an activity credit for graduation. Plan to add $5/day for vegan, gluten-free, or other specialized diet requests (a vegetarian option is included at no extra charge).  Medical dietary restrictions are exempt from the additional $5/day fee.
    until March 31

March 26th, 2018

  • Image preview All Day: Spring Break: Hike & Kayak Redwood NP
    Come stay at a lodge and cabins in Redwood National Park for Spring Break! We’ll spend the week hiking through huge redwood forests and stunning beaches on the Pacific Ocean. We’ll also spend part of the trip learning how to handle a kayak on the bays and lagoons adjacent to the ocean. It’s the start of spring in these spectacular forests, so the wildflowers will be blooming. The main lodge where we stay has a huge kitchen for cooking meals, great resources for learning about redwood ecology, and hot showers, too! Redwoods are the tallest living things in the world. Don’t miss this opportunity to live among them for a week! You can get one credit in PE/A 142, “Wilderness Leadership” for participation during this trip as long you register prior to drop/add and complete a drop/add form. This class counts as an activity credit for graduation. Plan to add $5/day for vegan, gluten-free, or other specialized diet requests (a vegetarian option is included at no extra charge).  Medical dietary restrictions are exempt from the additional $5/day fee.
    until March 31

March 27th, 2018

  • Image preview All Day: Spring Break: Hike & Kayak Redwood NP
    Come stay at a lodge and cabins in Redwood National Park for Spring Break! We’ll spend the week hiking through huge redwood forests and stunning beaches on the Pacific Ocean. We’ll also spend part of the trip learning how to handle a kayak on the bays and lagoons adjacent to the ocean. It’s the start of spring in these spectacular forests, so the wildflowers will be blooming. The main lodge where we stay has a huge kitchen for cooking meals, great resources for learning about redwood ecology, and hot showers, too! Redwoods are the tallest living things in the world. Don’t miss this opportunity to live among them for a week! You can get one credit in PE/A 142, “Wilderness Leadership” for participation during this trip as long you register prior to drop/add and complete a drop/add form. This class counts as an activity credit for graduation. Plan to add $5/day for vegan, gluten-free, or other specialized diet requests (a vegetarian option is included at no extra charge).  Medical dietary restrictions are exempt from the additional $5/day fee.
    until March 31

March 28th, 2018

  • Image preview All Day: Spring Break: Hike & Kayak Redwood NP
    Come stay at a lodge and cabins in Redwood National Park for Spring Break! We’ll spend the week hiking through huge redwood forests and stunning beaches on the Pacific Ocean. We’ll also spend part of the trip learning how to handle a kayak on the bays and lagoons adjacent to the ocean. It’s the start of spring in these spectacular forests, so the wildflowers will be blooming. The main lodge where we stay has a huge kitchen for cooking meals, great resources for learning about redwood ecology, and hot showers, too! Redwoods are the tallest living things in the world. Don’t miss this opportunity to live among them for a week! You can get one credit in PE/A 142, “Wilderness Leadership” for participation during this trip as long you register prior to drop/add and complete a drop/add form. This class counts as an activity credit for graduation. Plan to add $5/day for vegan, gluten-free, or other specialized diet requests (a vegetarian option is included at no extra charge).  Medical dietary restrictions are exempt from the additional $5/day fee.
    until March 31

March 29th, 2018

  • Image preview All Day: Spring Break: Hike & Kayak Redwood NP
    Come stay at a lodge and cabins in Redwood National Park for Spring Break! We’ll spend the week hiking through huge redwood forests and stunning beaches on the Pacific Ocean. We’ll also spend part of the trip learning how to handle a kayak on the bays and lagoons adjacent to the ocean. It’s the start of spring in these spectacular forests, so the wildflowers will be blooming. The main lodge where we stay has a huge kitchen for cooking meals, great resources for learning about redwood ecology, and hot showers, too! Redwoods are the tallest living things in the world. Don’t miss this opportunity to live among them for a week! You can get one credit in PE/A 142, “Wilderness Leadership” for participation during this trip as long you register prior to drop/add and complete a drop/add form. This class counts as an activity credit for graduation. Plan to add $5/day for vegan, gluten-free, or other specialized diet requests (a vegetarian option is included at no extra charge).  Medical dietary restrictions are exempt from the additional $5/day fee.
    until March 31

March 30th, 2018

  • Image preview All Day: Spring Break: Hike & Kayak Redwood NP
    Come stay at a lodge and cabins in Redwood National Park for Spring Break! We’ll spend the week hiking through huge redwood forests and stunning beaches on the Pacific Ocean. We’ll also spend part of the trip learning how to handle a kayak on the bays and lagoons adjacent to the ocean. It’s the start of spring in these spectacular forests, so the wildflowers will be blooming. The main lodge where we stay has a huge kitchen for cooking meals, great resources for learning about redwood ecology, and hot showers, too! Redwoods are the tallest living things in the world. Don’t miss this opportunity to live among them for a week! You can get one credit in PE/A 142, “Wilderness Leadership” for participation during this trip as long you register prior to drop/add and complete a drop/add form. This class counts as an activity credit for graduation. Plan to add $5/day for vegan, gluten-free, or other specialized diet requests (a vegetarian option is included at no extra charge).  Medical dietary restrictions are exempt from the additional $5/day fee.
    until March 31

March 31st, 2018

  • Image preview All Day: Spring Break: Hike & Kayak Redwood NP
    Come stay at a lodge and cabins in Redwood National Park for Spring Break! We’ll spend the week hiking through huge redwood forests and stunning beaches on the Pacific Ocean. We’ll also spend part of the trip learning how to handle a kayak on the bays and lagoons adjacent to the ocean. It’s the start of spring in these spectacular forests, so the wildflowers will be blooming. The main lodge where we stay has a huge kitchen for cooking meals, great resources for learning about redwood ecology, and hot showers, too! Redwoods are the tallest living things in the world. Don’t miss this opportunity to live among them for a week! You can get one credit in PE/A 142, “Wilderness Leadership” for participation during this trip as long you register prior to drop/add and complete a drop/add form. This class counts as an activity credit for graduation. Plan to add $5/day for vegan, gluten-free, or other specialized diet requests (a vegetarian option is included at no extra charge).  Medical dietary restrictions are exempt from the additional $5/day fee.

April 7th, 2018

  • Image preview All Day: Edible Plants, Ethnobotany,& Waterfalls Day Trip 1
    Trip Sign Up Begins: Friday, March 2nd 
    Spring on the sunny, dry side of the Columbia Gorge is amazing.  Learn to identify, as well as taste, some of the edible plants of the eastern part of the Columbia Gorge.  Learn about Native American uses of plants and trees.  Not only that, but learn about some of the poisonous plants you would want to avoid if you’re “wild foraging”!

April 13th, 2018

  • Image preview Deschutes Rafting #1
    Trip Sign Up Begins: 3/9/2018
    PTM: 4/10/2018 4:30 pm
    Central Oregon’s Deschutes River features seven major rapids in twelve miles, making this one of the premier rafting rivers in the state. You will get wet, and you need to paddle hard! This trip is not recommended for non-swimmers, although you’ll be led by experienced guides, and everyone has to wear a PFD on the river.  If you like whitewater—this is an awesome time!
    until April 14
  • Image preview 5:00pm: Backpack Cathrine Creek 1
    Trip Sign Up Begins: 3/9/2018
    Visit the dry, eastern part of the Columbia Gorge at Catherine Creek. If you are up for a somewhat strenuous climb uphill, you will be rewarded with wildflowers, views of the Columbia river gorge and Mt. Hood, and a secluded campsite. Poison oak, ticks, and rattle snakes can be common in April, but well worth the risk to explore this beautiful area! You will leave early Saturday morning and return Sunday in time for dinner.
    until April 14

April 14th, 2018

  • Image preview All Day: Backpack Cathrine Creek 1
    Trip Sign Up Begins: 3/9/2018
    Visit the dry, eastern part of the Columbia Gorge at Catherine Creek. If you are up for a somewhat strenuous climb uphill, you will be rewarded with wildflowers, views of the Columbia river gorge and Mt. Hood, and a secluded campsite. Poison oak, ticks, and rattle snakes can be common in April, but well worth the risk to explore this beautiful area! You will leave early Saturday morning and return Sunday in time for dinner.
  • Image preview All Day: Deschutes Rafting #1
    Trip Sign Up Begins: 3/9/2018
    PTM: 4/10/2018 4:30 pm
    Central Oregon’s Deschutes River features seven major rapids in twelve miles, making this one of the premier rafting rivers in the state. You will get wet, and you need to paddle hard! This trip is not recommended for non-swimmers, although you’ll be led by experienced guides, and everyone has to wear a PFD on the river.  If you like whitewater—this is an awesome time!
  • Image preview All Day: Edible Plants, Ethnobotany, & Waterfalls Day Trip 2
    Trip Sign Up Begins: 3/9/2018
    Spring on the sunny, dry side of the Columbia Gorge is amazing.  Learn to identify, as well as taste, some of the edible plants of the eastern part of the Columbia Gorge.  Learn about Native American uses of plants and trees.  Not only that, but learn about some of the poisonous plants you would want to avoid if you’re “wild foraging”!

April 15th, 2018

  • Image preview All Day: Sea Kayak Day Trip #1
    Trip Sign Up Begins: 3/19/2018

    Sea kayaking around Oregon can bring you to scenery hard to see otherwise. We will kayak around Scappoose Bay or Sauvie Island.  Both of these areas are tidal and adjacent to the mighty Columbia River. Winding waterways take kayakers through wetland floodplain forests and marshlands.  Eagles, swans, and Sandhill cranes are often seen, and if you’re lucky, you may spot one of the resident river otters. Come paddle with us!

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