Headwaters New Student Orientation Outdoor Trips

Headwaters provides an opportunity for new and transfer students to connect with other new students, explore the beautiful natural environment in and around Bend, start to build a support network and ease the transition into college life before classes even begin. Students tell us Headwaters is one of their favorite programs at OSU-Cascades – you don’t want to miss it!

Headwaters Trips take place the week before fall term begins and are open to all new first-year students and new transfer students. See below for a list of trips and registration information.

Headwaters Trips 2021


Canoeing the Upper Deschutes

Wednesday, September 15 - Sunday, September 19, 2021
On-campus pre-trip meeting is Wednesday, September 15 at 10 a.m. Trip will depart from campus Wednesday, September 15 at 3:30 p.m.

Register now through CampusGroups


Climbing at Smith Rock and Meadow Camp

Wednesday, September 15 - Sunday, September 19, 2021
On-campus pre-trip meeting is Wednesday, September 15 at 12 p.m. Trip will depart from campus Wednesday, September 15 at 4:30 p.m.

Register now through CampusGroups


Backpacking in the Cascades Lakes

Wednesday, September 15 - Sunday, September 19, 2021
On-campus pre-trip meeting is Wednesday, September 15 at 3 p.m. Trip will depart from campus Thursday, September 16 at 9 a.m.

Register now through CampusGroups


Stand Up Paddle boarding at Cultus Lake

Wednesday, September 15 - Sunday, September 19, 2021
On-campus pre-trip meeting is Wednesday, September 15 at 5 p.m. Trip will depart from campus Thursday, September 16 at 12 p.m.

Register now through CampusGroups

 

To find all Fall Welcome events, go to the Fall Welcome website.

Open to All Levels of Experience

Trips are open to all levels of experience. Trips are led by experienced Cascades Adventures Student Trip Leaders and OSU-Cascades Alumni. Accommodations for disabilities may be made by calling 541-322-3116.

Cost

The cost of the Headwaters is $60. Meals and early move-in rates are included.

Early Move-In

If you are living in the residence hall fall term, you can move into your room the arrival date of your Headwaters trip. Classes begin on Wednesday, September 22.

Choose Your Adventure

Participants will be placed into cohorts of up to 8 students based on interest. All trips will be overnight in the field.

 

Past Headwaters Trips

  • 2019- Central Oregon Experience Trip- rafting & climbing

  • 2019- Headwaters Backpacking Trip in the Cascades Lakes Region

  • 2019- Headwaters Canoe Trip from Wickiup Reservoir to Benham Falls

 

Contact Us

Kristen Martin
Assistant Director of Student Life
541-322-3156
kristen.martin@osucascades.edu