Discovery Day
Saturday, October 13
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
OSU-Cascades Campus

Talks. Research Demos. Kids Activities. Food. Music.

Join us for a day of exploration for all ages!

Race robots. Hear how wolves became domesticated dogs. Master new gardening tips. Enjoy food, games and music. And learn about the solutions OSU brings to your community – and our world.

Discovery Day is part of OSU’s Land Grant Festival and hosted by OSU-Cascades and OSU Extension in Central Oregon in recognition of OSU150.


Explore Oregon’s Oceans
Feel Wildfire’s Heat
Understand our Changing Climate
Admire Our Connection with Dogs

Fun & Food

Farmers Market
Food Trucks
Kids Games
Smoothie Bike
Bend Beav Gear

Explore and Learn

Live Research Demos
Bend Science Station Open House
Insect Aquariums
Anatamoge Demonstrations
Master Gardener Presentations
Master Food Preserver Presentations


10 a.m.

What is happening to Oregon’s climate? Are droughts and fires becoming more common? What will the future hold?

TYKH 111 - Philip Mote, Director, Oregon Climate Change Research Institute; Professor; OSU College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

11 a.m.
  • Fueling Your Inner Innovator

TYKH 109 - Adam Krynicki, Executive Director, Innovation Co-Lab

  • Nurturing Resilience in Ourselves and Others

TYKH 206 - Shannon Lipscomb, Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Sciences

  • Ravens, Magpies, Hawks and Eagles. Partners in … Scavenging?

TYKH 204 - Matt Orr, Assistant Professor, Biology

  • Flavored Vinegar Workshop

TYKH 205 - Glenda Hyde, Associate Professor of Practice, OSU Extension Family and Community Health

12 p.m.

Fire in western ecosystems and the realities of future wildfire events. What steps can we take now for a better future for our children and grandchildren?

TYKH 111 - John Bailey, Professor, OSU College of Forestry

1 p.m.
  • Geo-Ecology of Central Oregon: WOW

TYKH 204 - Ron Reuter, Associate Professor, Natural Resources

  • Artificial Beaver Dams Help Steelhead, Streamside Habitat

TYKH 206 - Ann Petersen, Instructor, Biology

  • Stress-Free Pressure Canning

TYKH 109 - Glenda Hyde, Associate Professor of Practice, OSU Extension Family and Community Health

  • Oregon Bee Project

OBSN 207 - Toni Stephan, Instructor, OSU Extension, Deschutes County

2 p.m.

Our oceans and the life within them are endlessly fascinating, and their health is critical to our future. Join OSU’s leading oceanographer on an undersea journey to explore Oregon’s Pacific waters through cutting-edge research underway at OSU.

TYKH 111 - Jack Barth, Executive Director, OSU Marine Studies Initiative; Professor, OSU College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

3 p.m.
  • Science Storytelling and the Filmmaker: Saving Atlantis

TYKH 205 - David Baker, Director and Justin Smith, Media Production Manager, Oregon State Productions

  • Evolution of Snow Ski Design

TYKH 204 - Geoff Raynak, Executive-in-Residence, Outdoor Products

  • Fueling Your Inner Innovator

TYKH 109 - Adam Krynicki, Executive Director, Innovation Co-Lab

  • Put Your Garden to Bed

TYKH 206 - Amy Jo Detweiler, Associate Professor, OSU Extension Home and Commercial Horticulture

  • Oregon Bee Project

OBSN 207 - Toni Stephan, Instructor, OSU Extension, Deschutes County

4 p.m.

See the remarkable bond we have with dogs through the eyes of a scientist. A researcher in cross-species interactions, Monique Udell will look at what makes the social behavior of the dog unique when compared with other species, including wolves.

TYKH 111 - Monique Udell, Director, Human-Animal Interaction Lab; Assistant Professor, OSU College of Agricultural Sciences

Demos and Tours

  • The Essence of the Expedition

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  OBSN Patio
Ever slept in a bivy sack or hiked with a 60 lb. pack? Join students as they showcase their mountaineering shelters and backpacks for all to try. Watch them demonstrate rock climbing skills and other enjoyable activities for all ages. You'll learn about life as a Tourism, Adventure and Recreation Leadership major.

  • Insect Display
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. OBSN, 2nd floor
See and learn about insects you might find in our Central Oregon landscape.
  • Solar Race Car Demo

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Bruckner Courtyard
Visit with the Oregon Solar Car Team, all local high school students with a need for speed ... and sun! Learn how OSU's Solar Vehicle Team donated the original molds for the OSCT vehicles.

  • The 3D Future of Food Production

10 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.  OBSN, Beaver Dam  
Come join our Hospitality Management students as they create tasty treats using our very own Food 3D Printer.

  • 3…2…1… Launching Micro-Rockets with Chemistry

11 - 11:45 a.m.  TYKH 304 (no food or drink)
Hydrogen and oxygen formed the rocket fuel used by the U.S Space Program. Come to the lab and use chemical reactions to make micro-quantities of these gases and test their abilities as fuel. See who can send a (micro) rocket the furthest!

  • A 3D Tour of the Human Body

11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.   TYKH 310 (no food or drink)
The human body is endlessly fascinating. Come take a 3D tour of the human body on a virtual cadaver, called the Anatomage, with Dr. Heather Broughton and learn about our 11 major organ systems.

  • Watch Drone Technology Take Flight

1 p.m., 3 p.m.  OBSN 205
Taking off and landing is expensive. Drones need to spend maximum time in the air to do their work. Learn how technology developed at the OSU-Cascades Energy Systems Lab can extend UAV flight time and save companies money.

  • A Portable Way to Measure Athletes' Performance

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  TYKH 209
It's tough to measure human performance when the human is moving. Fortunately, our kinesiologists' new portable VO2 device can do that and more. Come see it in action.


  • EcoTone Tours of Campus Native Landscape

Guided tour at 11 a.m., 3 p.m.  Self-guided tours 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.  Meet at table outside TYKH near parking kiosk
Native flora abounds on the campus.  Explore it via the EcoTone app and accompanied by a Natural Resources Club student member. You'll identify plants, learn more about them, and learn about the insects and fungus found at 30 plots located around the campus.

  • Campus Tours

10 a.m., 11 a.m. 1 p.m. Welcome Center
A walking tour of the campus led by an OSU-Cascades student ambassador.  See classrooms and labs, and explore some of the most interesting features of Oregon's newest public university campus.

  • Bend Science Open House

11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Newly located on campus, the Bend Science Station will offer tours of its fascinating new facilities.

  • Campus Expansion Van Tours

12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.  Welcome Center
Join campus planners on a van tour into the future, when the OSU-Cascades campus will have expanded onto adjacent lands, and grown to serve 3,000 to 5,000 students, and to be a model for innovation and sustainability.

Hand-On Activities and Food

  • Art + Code: Intro to Creative Coding

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.   OBSN, near coffee shop
Learn how to treat computer code as an artistic medium for expression. Join hacker lunatique Yong Bakos in creating an interactive media installation, incorporating your ideas throughout the day.

  • HERS Lab Wildlife Station: Pika and Bats

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  OBSN, Patio
Stop by to learn about the amazing mammals -- pika and bats -- that HERS Lab researchers are studying in the field. Listen to the calls of different bat species and see their sounds as unique sonograms. Explore a pika "habitat" and win a prize when you find the pika!

  • Fun in the Sun: S'more Solar Cookers

11 a. m. - 1 p.m.  Bruckner Courtyard
Come learn some ‘out-there’ facts about our Sun while snacking on a s’more you cooked in a solar oven!

  • Robot Races

11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.  OBSN, 2nd Florr
Bring your mobile phone to control fast-moving Sphero robots and race your friends. Learn how to program the robots to race on their own.

  • Adult Functional Movement Station

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
A one-stop shop where kinesiologists will test movement ability, blood pressure, body fat and offer tips for keeping your body active throughout life.

  • Slow Ride Zagster Bike Race

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.   Parking Lot
Slow ride! Take it easy! Test your skill at slow bike racing on one of the campus bike share bicycles. Prizes for winners.

  • Kids Fitness Station

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Bruckner Courtyard
Spark a lifelong interest in fitness. Kids will have fun testing their own grip strength and vertical jump ability.

  • Drink Wheel and Smoothie Bike

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Spin the drink wheel and learn about hidden sugar in every day drinks. Then ride the Smoothie Bike, watch the blender spin, and create a delicious and healthy drink!  Prizes!

  • Spanish Bingo - play "Loteria," a fun, traditional game from Mexico.
  • Music, Face Painting, Kids' Games and More!
  • Farmers Market

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Fall vegetables, local meats, seeds, farm fresh eggs, greens and surprise products like teas and dried lavender, brought to you by OSU Extension in Central Oregon.

  • Beaver Dam

Open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Enjoy a lunch menu created by the Beaver Dam chefs that celebrates Oregon's bounty.
  • Sample Beaver Dam chef creations featuring a Central Oregon flair.
  • Food Trucks

Local food trucks with sweet treats and snacks