Category Archives: COVID-19 Thrive Guide

Judith Huemann and the 30th Anniversary of the ADA

by Pat Addabbo OAS Executive Director “We have a right to be equal members of society no matter where we live.” – Judith Huemann (pictured, front row 3rd from left) This week marked the 30th anniversary of President George H.W. Bush signing into law the Americans with Disabilities Act.  This legislation was a milestone in […]

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Kayak Adaptations

Learn how to outfit your kayak to fit your adaptation needs! by Matt Porter OAS Staff If you are interested in adaptive kayaking or already have your own boat and need to make modifications for adaptability, this article will take a look at some of the ways the boat and paddle can be modified with […]

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Strengthen Your Inner Landscape: Disability Etiquette  

Etiquette basics to help you build a fully inclusive environment. by Kadee Mardula OAS Staff Our vision at Oregon Adaptive Sports is to have a fully inclusive environment where every human, in support of differences, is celebrated for who they are and what they bring to outdoor recreation. Feeling comfortable interacting with people who have […]

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Bend Bike Scavenger Hunt #3 – Northwest Crossing

Follow these clues for urban exploration and adventure! By Kellie Standish OAS Staff I love any excuse to get on a bike and over the years my love for bicycles continues to grow and evolve. One of my favorite and most consistent joys has been bike commuting and urban exploring. I love treating every journey […]

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Accessible Route of the Week: Ray Atkeson Trail @ Sparks Lake

Routes to get you out and exploring! by Hayley McClure OAS Staff It’s officially summer in the Cascades and the high lakes are open! Now is the time to check out a few of Central Oregon’s favorite high elevation lakes, including the routes from Sparks Lake. From the Sparks Lake Day Use Area, the Ray […]

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Accessible Route of the Week: Tumalo Creek Trail @ Shevlin park

Routes to get you out and exploring! by Hayley McClure OAS Staff There is a reason Shevlin Park remains a favorite natural area to many Bend locals. The variety of trails, the pristine blue waters of Tumalo Creek, and the lush, cool refuge at the bottom of the canyon are only a few. Wildlife is […]

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Bend Bike Scavenger Hunt #2 – NE Bend

Follow these clues for urban exploration and adventure! By Kellie Standish OAS Staff I love any excuse to get on a bike and over the years my love for bicycles continues to grow and evolve. One of my favorite and most consistent joys has been bike commuting and urban exploring. I love treating every journey […]

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Backyard Naturalist: Week #6

Where YOU get to be a naturalist in your own backyard. MATT OUT IN NATURE by Matt Porter OAS Staff This is the sixth and final installment of OAS’ Backyard Naturalist series. A big thank you to everyone that read this blog, attended the live sessions, shared their own nature experiences, and asked questions. Thank […]

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Strengthen Your Inner Landscape: Implicit Bias

As we strengthen our inner landscape and build a solid foundation for self-care the ability arises to expand knowledge and question beliefs. Every day our brain is computing millions of stimuli that is sorted for daily function. These stimuli are sorted into different categories outside of our conscious awareness, or schemas, to efficiently analyze what […]

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Accessible Route of the Week: Dry Canyon Trail

New routes highlighted weekly. by Hayley McClure OAS Staff In this week’s highlighted route we ventured outside of Bend to explore one of Central Oregon’s coolest developments located in Redmond, OR. The Dry Canyon Trail, a large natural feature that carves through the center of Redmond, has been transformed to provide a variety of recreation […]

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Backyard Naturalist: Week #5

Where YOU get to be a naturalist in your own backyard. by Matt Porter OAS Staff Birds of prey or “raptors” are a fascinating group of birds that includes hawks, eagles, falcons, kites, owls, vultures, osprey, etc. They are powerful hunters with highly specialized capabilities that may include feathers that allow nearly silent flight, UV […]

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Climbing Feet Reviewed

A guide to climbing feet for amputee climbers. By Jono Lewis Adaptive Climbing PDX Ask any amputee climber what they want from a climbing foot and you’ll get a different answer. What you want depends a lot on personal preference, as well as the type of climbing you will be doing. A foot made for […]

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Mindfulness Monday: Relief from Suffering – Tonglen Meditation

Strengthen Your Inner Landscape: Relief from Suffering – Tonglen Meditation There is a lot of suffering in this world. We have all experienced suffering and know someone who is suffering. It is the commonness of humanity that we all know what it feels like to suffer. My heart continues to break with every story of […]

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Accessible Route of the Week: Lava Lands

New routes highlighted weekly. by Hayley McClure OAS Staff If you’re willing to take a short drive out of town, Lava Lands is a cool and quiet escape from the business of town on a warm summer day. Although the Visitor Center remains closed this season, rustic amenities remain open and access to the paved […]

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COVID-19 Update: Offering limited in-person programs!

Phased reopening of in-person programming.  Subject to change at any point. Entering into this new phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are excited to offer in-person programming in addition to our Gear Up and Go Equipment Loan Program and virtual Thrive Guide offerings. We will continue to roll this out in stages. The first in-person […]

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