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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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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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