Courses

This course is designed to introduce the student to the various factors that contribute to avalanche hazard including terrain, weather, snowpack, and the human component (good vs. bad decision-making). Avalanche safety equipment such as transceivers, probes and shovels are also presented, with instruction on how to use each of these critical pieces of safety gear. The course includes one or more mock avalanche rescues. Students must provide their own transportation for field sessions. Textbook is required for this course.


January 30, 2020 to February 16, 2020, MAZ 0207
This course is designed to build on the skills developed in an Avalanche Level I course. New material will include use of a field notebook and standardized data recording, as well as completing full pit profiles. Field time is spent practicing and reviewing transceiver search techniques (single and multiple burial), snowpack assessment (through test pit, test pit plus, and full pit), and safe travel practices and group travel skills. Students must have completed an Avalanche Level I or Level I Refresher course within the past five years. Students must provide their own transportation for field sessions. Textbook is required for this course.


January 28, 2020 to February 15, 2020, MAZ 0207
Learn the basics of cross-country ski touring including how to walk, glide, climb, stop, turn and use poles. This class is designed for those who have seldom or never been on skis or those who are coming back to the sport. You'll learn the most efficient diagonal stride and how to control your speed. A solid base of fitness is essential. Information regarding equipment and preparation will be discussed at the classroom session.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
If you are new to fly fishing, or if you need a refresher, spend some time on dry land with a general overview of equipment and terminology. Learn basic knots, how to string up a fly rod, and how to fly cast with lots of time to practice on grass.


Saturday, May 9, 2020
Experience the superb birding opportunities that the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and fields around Burns, Oregon offer in the spring. Known for concentrations of waterfowl, sandhill cranes and raptors, the area also offers great opportunities to view and photograph owls, shorebirds and songbirds. In mid-May, the area hosts a songbird migration with warblers, vireos, tanagers, and orioles. Transportation, instruction, guiding and picnic lunches included.


May 11-30, 2020, CHLAB 301
The Klamath Basin offers superb birding in the spring. Known for the concentrations of waterfowl, sandhill cranes, and raptors in early spring, the area also offers great opportunities to view and photograph waterfowl, shorebirds, "dancing" grebes, and songbirds. In May, the area hosts a songbird migration with warblers, vireos, tanagers, and orioles. With an overnight stay in downtown Klamath Falls, this trip offers plenty of opportunities to observe birds in this National Audubon Society designated Important Bird Area. Transportation, instruction, guiding and picnic lunches included. Hotel accommodations not included in price.


April 27, 2020 to May 6, 2020, CHLAB 301
Begin your adventure on dry land with a general overview of equipment and terminology. Learn basic knots, how to string up a fly rod, and how to fly cast. Practice casting on grass to prepare for your afternoon on the river. Once you've gotten the hang of casting, the class will move to the Crooked River where you can use your new casting skills. You'll also learn about fly selection, fishing techniques, catch and release tactics, and preservation and ethics. Materials are required for this course.


Saturday, June 13, 2020
Saturday, June 27, 2020
Explore fly fishing on the world renown Lower Deschutes River! Class will begin with an overview of the river, seasons, equipment and entomology at The Deschutes River Fly Shop & Camp. Students will get plenty of practice with casting techniques on grass before venture out to the river. Class will conclude with a walk in fishing trip on the Lower Deschutes River where students will get a chance to apply what they have learned with hands on coaching from expert guide Vail Borne.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Explore horse adventuring in Central Oregon. This short series focuses on safely accessing both front and backcountry trails on horseback including how and where to adventure as well as preparing for emergencies on the trail. Series includes guest appearances from local subject experts as well as hands-on activities and/or field sessions. No riding involved in this course.


March 2-16, 2020, RTEC 127
Discover how to get involved in various equestrian activities in Central Oregon. Students will learn about horse rescue, wild mustang herd management and the non-profit equine community. Series includes guest appearances from local subject experts as well as hands on activities and/or field sessions. No riding involved in this course. Students are responsible for their own transportation to potential field sessions.


April 20, 2020 to May 4, 2020, RTEC 127
Learn the basics of bicycle maintenance and repair in this comprehensive eight-hour class designed for the beginner. Taught over two weekends, this course will take the mystery out of maintaining your bicycle and provide skills necessary to keep your bicycle running smoothly. This is a hands-on course and all tools and bicycles will be provided.


April 18-25, 2020, RTEC 123
Take your cross-country skiing to the next level by learning to ski in a variety of snow conditions. Experience different types of hills, navigate ski tracks and ungroomed snow. More advanced ski pole and waxing techniques will also be covered. Students will ski 1-3 miles on each field session. A solid base of fitness is essential. In addition, students should have either taken the Beginning Cross-Country Ski Touring course or have cross-country skied for a minimum of one ski season in order to register for this "next level" course.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Explore a variety of snowshoe trails in Central Oregon with experienced guide Damian Fagan as he shares his knowledge of winter ecology. This is an intermediate level snowshoeing course, snowshoe trails will vary in length from 4-6 miles, moderate physical fitness necessary.


February 18-27, 2020, CHLAB PARKING LOT
Snowshoeing offers an exciting opportunity to enjoy the beautiful outdoors with minimal technical skill. Students will learn about appropriate gear as well as how to safely navigate snowshoe trails. Course includes two field sessions providing an opportunity for students to take advantage of early snow conditions and explore Central Oregon's winter ecology. Snowshoe trails will vary in length from 3-5 miles, moderate physical fitness necessary but no snowshoeing experience required.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Snowshoe across meadows and through forests to shelters or snowy mountain vistas. Learn about the wildlife, cultural and natural history of our beautiful Central Oregon Cascade Mountain Range. Each snowshoe session will cover a distance of approximately four to five miles--moderate physical fitness needed but no snowshoeing experience required.


February 19, 2020 to March 4, 2020, CHLAB PARKING LOT
March 11-25, 2020, CHLAB PARKING LOT