Saturday, June 2nd – Portland Timbers Game

Let’s go to Portland to watch the Timbers take on the LA Galaxy for an afternoon of world-famous MLS Soccer. Join us as we cheer on the Timbers!

COST: $25

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WHEN: June 2nd

TIME: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM

SCHEDULE: Please meet in front of the REC Center by 9:30 am, departure at 10:00am, we should arrive in downtown Portland by 11:00am. Game starts at 1:00pm so we will have a couple of hours to explore the Portland area, grab a bite to eat and then make our way to the stadium. The game should last about 2 hours and we will be returning to campus by 6:00pm.

WHAT TO BRING: comfortable clothes – Bring money for any food, souvenirs, and any other things you wish to buy.

1. Disclosure Clause: Please be advised that all participants need to follow dress code, ExplOregon staff instructions, and ExplOregon protocol. Failure to comply may result in participants being asked asked to leave and/or barred from future trips at the discretion of ExplOregon staff.
2. During the trip, ExplOregon staff will hand out and ask instruct all participants to fill out liability waiver forms and any additional forms. All forms must be completed accurately and returned to the ExplOregon staff before the end of the event.

 

Saturday, May 19th – Painted Hills and Oregon Observatory

Join ExplOregon on Saturday, May 19th for a trip to Painted Hills, one of the 7 wonders of Oregon! After a few hours at the Painted Hills we will head to the Oregon Observatory where we will be able to use their collection of telescopes for stargazing. You won’t want to miss out on this day of fun adventures!

*Limited spots available*

COST: $30 (price includes transportation to and from locations as well as admission to Oregon Observatory)

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WHEN: Saturday, May 19th

TIME: 7:30 AM – 2:00 AM

SCHEDULE: Meet in front of the REC Center at 7:30 AM, 8:00 AM Departure from University, 12:00 PM Last Fuel Fill Up and a quick break, 1:00 PM Arrival at Painted Hills (Lunch/Snack Served by Transporter), 3:00 PM Depart Painted Hill , 5:00 -7:00 PM Arrive at Bend (Dinner Break, We will having dinner at Spork) 9:00 PM Oregon Observatory, 10:30/11:00 Depart back to Eugene. Arrive back to campus around 2:00 AM

WHAT TO BRING: Dress appropriately. Wear layers that you can add and subtract from for changing weather conditions and shoes with good traction. Bring a phone or camera for pictures. Bring money for food or any snacks you wish to purchase and a water bottle.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at:

exploregon@uoregon.edu or at (541)-517-9538

Saturday, May 26th – WATER RAFTING TRIP

Join explOregon on an adventure up the nearby McKenzie river for a fun day of whitewater rafting! We will be guided by Ron’s Guide Services

COST: $25 (includes ride to/from river, & lunch)

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WHEN: Saturday, May 26th

TIME: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

SCHEDULE: Please meet in front of Rec Center at 8:30am. The bus will leave by 9:00am and arrive at the McKenzie river location around 10:00am. After a short safety talk we will suit up and hit the water. There will be a short lunch break from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. After lunch we will set back out on the water, with the river ride ending about 2 hours later around 3-3:30pm. When all is said and done we should be back to campus by 5:00pm.

WHAT TO BRING: Please pack lightly as you will not need much on the trip. We discourage you from bringing expensive camera or other expensive valuables that may be damaged if wet. A few dry bags for wallets, rings, phones and watches will be available but please bring as little as possible. Please bring your own water bottle (we will also have water if needed). Do not wear jeans and regular shoes as they can become VERY VERY COLD when wet. It is best to wear nylon tops/jackets and bottoms. Sandals or river shoes are best for your feet. A change of clothes left on the bus for you when we end the trip is probably a good idea.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at

exploregon@uoregon.edu or at (541)-517-9538

Saturday, May 12th – Lava River Cave

Join ExplOregon on Saturday, May 12th as we head to Bend, OR to explore the Lava River Cave! Lava River Cave offers self-guided exploration of a mile-long lava tube. It takes approximately 1.5 hours to tour the entire cave.Lava River Cave is estimated to have been formed around 80,000 years ago from an eruption that flowed as far north as Redmond, Oregon.

COST: $15

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WHEN: Saturday, May 12th

TIME: 8:00 am – 9:00 PM

SCHEDULE: Meet infront of the REC Center by 8:00 am. The bus will depart around 8:30 AM and we will make our our way to Bend, OR. We will arrive at around 11:00 am and will have a few hours to explore the cave. After we are done we will make our way to Blondie’s Pizza for lunch and will depart from there back to campus. We will arrive back to campus by 9:00 PM or earlier depending on when we leave from Bend, OR.

What to bring: Be sure to dress warmly for the cave, as the temperature quickly drops to an average of 42 degrees. It’s a good idea to bring flashlights or headlamps as there are no lights inside the cave. Make sure to wear appropriate footwear. Bring money for food or for anything else you wish to buy.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at exploregon@uoregon.edu or at (541)-517-9538

 

Saturday, April 14th – Portland Saturday Market

Join ExplOregon as we head up to Portland for the Saturday Market. Operating since 1974 the Portland Saturday Market is the largest continually operating outdoor arts and crafts market in the nation. Located in Waterfront Park and Ankeny Plaza in Portland’s historic Old Town the Market is one of the most popular shopping destinations for local handcrafted goods. The Market offers a unique opportunity for customers to meet the artist as well as see one of a kind pieces created in the artist’s booth. Over 250 small businesses and individuals artists from across the NW region gather each week for the Saturday/Sunday event with live music and a plethora of exotic foods that will satisfy everyone’s appetite.

COST: $10

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WHEN: Saturday, April 14th

TIME: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

SCHEDULE: Meet infront of the REC center by 11:00 am. We will be leaving around 11:30 with the plan to make it to Portland around 1:30. You will then have a few hours to walk around the market and do some shopping or sight seeing. We will then meet up around 4:00 and decide on a location to eat some food for those who are interested. We will leave Portland by 6:00 PM and make it back to campus around 8:00 PM

What to bring: comfortable clothes and shoes to walk around in, money for food or anything else you wish to purchase, a camera or cell phone to take pictures.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at exploregon@uoregon.edu or at (541)-517-9538

Saturday, May 5th – SMITH ROCK STATE PARK HIKE

If you enjoy scenic views of deep river canyons or rock climbing, Smith Rock State Park is the place for you. Join ExplOregon as we head to Smith Rock State Park for a fun day of hiking! We will be hiking the Cayon to Rim Loop trail which is approximately 3.4 miles roundtrip. See climbers on Rope-de-Dope, wildlife along the Crooked River, the densest vegetation and “cave” rocks in the park, the bald eagles nest along the rim and spectacular canyon views. If you’re up for the challenge sign up today!

COST: $10

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WHEN: Saturday, May 5th — 8:30 AM – 9:00 PM

SCHEDULE: Please arrive at the REC Center by 8:30 PM. We will depart from campus by 9:00 AM and arrive at Smith Rock State Park by 12:00 PM. We will begin our hike as soon as we arrive. It should take us approximately 2 1/2 hours. After our hike we will head to Terrebonne Depot, the award-winning 100 year-old former train station has been resurrected into a full bar and fresh food restaurant. We will be leaving our location around 6:00 PM and should make it back to campus by 9:00 PM.

Here are some tips to have an enjoyable hike:

Dress appropriately. Wear layers that you can add and subtract from for changing weather conditions and shoes with good traction for walking down scree slopes. (covered with small loose stones)
Bring water—16 oz per person per hour of exertion. The water fountain at the bridge is the last water station in the park. You may consider a hydration pack for easy access. The rocks can really heat up in the summer months and the combination of heat and dehydration can be dangerous.
Stay on marked trails. The trails are clearly marked to prevent erosion and to not mislead the next hiker. They also provide a reference on your trail map to get back so that the rangers don’t need to come find you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at

exploregon@uoregon.edu or at (541)-517-9538

Best,
Brian Hernandez
ExplOregon Program Coordinator

Thursday, April 26th – Trapdoor Escape Room

Join ExplOregon Thursday April 26th as we attempt to escape the Mystic’s Lair at the Trapdoor right here in town.

What is the Mystic Lair?: It is an enclosed room where we will be given 1 hour escape. All the clues, and tools that we my need to solve the puzzles and mysteries will be in the room with us and we will have to rely on teamwork, focus, and savvy to solve the puzzle.

COST: $5

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WHEN: Thursday April 26th – 6:00 – 9:00 PM

SCHEDULE: Please meet in front of McKenzie Hall by 6:30pm so that we can catch the Emx from Dad’s Gate Station which leaves at 6:47pm. We will arrive at the Trapdoor facility by approximately 7:00pm. We will be at the facility from 7:00pm and will last until approximately 9:00pm. We will return to campus by 9:30pm.

What to Bring: Comfortable clothes/shoes, money for any food or souvenirs & any other things you wish to buy.

 

 

Saturday, April 21st – Tulip Festival & Woodburn Outlets

Join us at this year’s Tulip Festival Where you can stroll through 40 acres of stunningly beautiful flowers, expansive views of vineyards, and distant mountains. Then we will spend the afternoon shopping at Woodburn Outlet Mall, one of the top shopping locations in Oregon and Washington!

COST: $10

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WHEN: Saturday, April 21st

SCHEDULE: Please meet in front of the REC Center at 8:30 AM, we will depart from campus at 9:00 Am and will arrive at the Tulip Festival in Woodburn around 10:30 AM. After a few hours of taking in the beautiful scenery we will make our way to the Woodburn Premium Outlets for lunch and a few hours of shopping. We will be leaving the outlets around 4:00 PM and should make it back to campus around 5:30 – 6:00 PM.

What to bring: comfortable clothes, money for shopping or food, souvenirs, or anything else you wish to purchase, and a camera or phone for pictures.

Wednesday, April 11th – Portland Blazers vs. Utah Jazz

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Join ExplOregon Wednesday, April 11th as we head up to Portland to watch the Trailblazers take on the Utah Jazz. Sign up today to reserve your spot to watch Damion Lillard, CJ McCollum and the rest of #RipCity as they work their way to a victory!

COST: $25 – includes bus to and from Portland and a ticket to the game

WHEN: Wednesday, April 11th

SIGN UP HERE

TIME: 3:00 – 11:00 PM

SCHEDULE: Meet in front of the REC Center by 3:00 PM because the bus will leave campus at 3:30 PM. We will arrive at the Moda Center in Portland by 5:30 PM. We will get to the stadium early so that you can explore the area a bit before we head in to watch the game. The game will start at 7:30 and end around 9:30. We will return to campus around 11:30 – midnight.

What to bring: comfortable clothes, money for food, souvenirs, or anything else you wish to purchase.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at exploregon@uoregon.edu or at (541)-517-9538

FRIDAY, MARCH 9th – DARE ESCAPE ROOM

Join us on Friday, March 9th as we head to one of the Escape Rooms here in town. DARE Escape and Adventure Rooms offers a very unique and interactive puzzle game experience. Participants are immersed within a themed room and its elements to find clues, decode puzzles, and ultimately solve the mysteries within a set time limit of one hour. Are you up for the challenge?

COST: $5

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

** EVENT IS LIMITED TO 15 PARTICIPANTS **

SCHEDULE: Meet in front of the REC Center by 6:15, we will be heading to the bus around 6:30 and should make it to the Escape Room by 7:00 pm. Participants will be divided into two groups and each group will have one hour to work together to escape their room. We will be taking the bus back to campus and should make it back by around 9:30 PM.

What to Bring:  Comfortable clothes/shoes, money for any food or souvenirs & any other things you wish to buy.