Category Archives: COVID-19 Thrive Guide

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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Backyard Naturalist: Week #4

Where YOU get to be a naturalist in your own backyard. by Matt Porter OAS Staff Greetings fellow backyard naturalists and welcome to another installment of OAS’ Backyard Naturalist series. You all have been making some great finds out there and receiving your audio clips, video, and pictures of your encounters has been a thrill! […]

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Bend Bike Scavenger Hunt #1 – Westside/Downtown

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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Mindfulness Monday: Mind-Body Solutions

Strengthen Your Inner Landscape with Yoga Resource-Mind Body Solutions Mind Body Solutions is a 501(c)(3) organization based in the Twin Cities area. Check out MBS founder, Matthew Sanford, in a conversation on the importance of staying in the body to live with uncertainty in difficult times (whether that is a pandemic, police violence, racist systems […]

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Accessible Route of the Week: Central Oregon Historic Canal Trail

New routes highlighted weekly. by Hayley McClure OAS Staff The Central Oregon Historic Canal Trail is an interesting connection that carves through the south side of town along a fully operating irrigation canal. In the heat of summer, the waterside path offers a cool and shady option for a leisurely bike ride or walk. I […]

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How to do a Handcycle Transfer

by Kellie Standish OAS Staff Transfers can be the most daunting part of using a handcycle. One look at a fleet of handcycle options and you may be thinking that it isn’t the sport for you. Each athlete and cycle is unique so rather than telling you how to transfer, we thought we would have […]

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Backyard Naturalist: Week #3

Where YOU get to be a naturalist in your own backyard. by Matt Porter OAS Staff As backyard naturalists, we are afforded an opportunity to also become stewards of the natural environments in which we find solace. Stewardship can start in your own backyard by doing things like increasing native animal habitat while removing invasive […]

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Mindfulness Monday: Connected Earth Meditation

Strengthen Your Inner Landscape with Connected Earth Meditation. Connect to those around you through the support of the earth in this meditation lead by OAS’ Kadee Mardula.  Practice 4: Connected Earth Meditation Video Description: Meditation for connection. Use the sensation of support from the earth to connect to those around you.    Props None needed.  […]

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Accessible Route of the Week: Rimrock Trail

New routes highlighted weekly. by Hayley McClure OAS Staff This out and back paved trail is a great cycling option for those looking for a little more mileage, but also serves as a great morning or afternoon stroll through the Deschutes National Forest. Just outside of town, the Rimrock Trail is a gateway for cyclists […]

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Backyard Naturalist: Week #2

Where YOU get to be a naturalist in your own backyard. by Matt Porter OAS Staff What a great week of nature observations, made even better knowing you all were out there sharing the same experience! We had a wonderful live session last week to kick-off this blog series with lots of good questions and […]

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Adaptive Cycle Options for Youth Riders

A beginning guide to adapting bikes for youth. by Kellie Standish OAS Staff Riding a bike can be a fun and exciting activity for youth and their families. It can also be incredibly challenging to try and navigate the world of bicycles and adaptations. The aim of this resource is to provide some tools and […]

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Mindfulness Monday: Upper Body Release

Strengthen Your Inner Landscape with Upper Body Release. The upper body accumulates tension with so much screen usage, virtual meetings, Netflix binging and crafting. Kadee leads gentle, stationary movement to release tension in neck, arms and torso with coordinated breath work.  Practice 3: Upper Body Release Video Description: Kadee leads an upper body release to […]

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Accessible Route of the Week: Riley Ranch

New routes highlighted weekly. by Hayley McClure OAS Staff The Riley Ranch Nature Reserve offers an opportunity to feel truly remote within Bend’s City Limits. Tucked away past a small neighborhood off O.B. Riley road, this historic ranch opens up to a beautiful and sweeping landscape with dynamic views of the mountains and a birds […]

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Backyard Naturalist: Week #1

Where YOU get to be a naturalist in your own backyard. by Matt Porter OAS Staff Now more than ever, we need things that help to make us feel grounded. When the pandemic began to show it’s effects and time seemed to slow down, I was reminded that the natural world was still in full […]

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