Headwaters New Student Outdoor Orientation Trips

The fall 2020 Headwaters program will be FREE and offered in a combination of small group virtual and in-person gatherings to new students. UPDATED DETAILS AND REGISTRATION POSTED 7.15.2020

A Tradition at OSU-Cascades

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!

Newbies and Experts Welcome

Trips are open to all levels of experience. This year there will be a mix of in person, virtual and self exploration programming. You do not need to be on campus to participate. 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 FREE! Meals and early move in rates ($24/day) are not included. You do not need to be on campus to participate. Early registration ends Friday, July 31. 

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 23.

Choose Your Adventure

Participants will be placed into cohorts of up to 8 students based on interest.



Dates: Monday, September 14 - Thursday, September 17, 2020



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

Outdoor Program Coordinator
Julia Conrad
Email: julia.conrad@osucascades.edu
Office Phone: 541-322-3116
Office: Tykeson Hall 110