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 the 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.

Registration for Fall 2023 coming late July 2023

Headwaters Trips 2022

Backpacking in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness area/Crater Lake National Park

Tuesday, September 13 - Friday, September 16, 2022
On-campus pre-trip meeting is Tuesday, September 13. Trip will depart from campus Tuesday, September 13.

Climbing at Smith Rock State Park

Wednesday, September 14 - Saturday, September 17, 2022
On-campus pre-trip meeting is Wednesday, September 14. Trip will depart from campus Wednesday, September 14.

Stand Up Paddleboarding at Cascades Lakes region

Thursday, September 15 - Saturday, September 17, 2022
On-campus pre-trip meeting is Thursday, September 15.  Trip will depart from campus Thursday, September 15.


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.


The cost of the Headwaters is $70 for Backpacking & Rock Climbing and $60 for Stand Up Paddleboard. 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 21.

Choose Your Adventure

Participants will be placed into cohorts of up to 9 students based on interest. All trips will be overnight in the field.

Fall 2023 Registration for Headwaters

Late July 2023


Contact Us

Ellsworth Faris
Campus Recreation Coordinator