Outdoor Education & Recreation Program

Our Vision

"Develop a partnership to support implementation of a sustainable and adaptable outdoor education and recreation programs that provides annual opportunities within priority Benton County Natural Areas & Parks, with an emphasis on rural and underserved youth and their families"

* Share information with regional partners on park amenities and capacity for major types of outdoor and site appropriate indoor programs, 
*  Identify opportunities for collaboration, 
*  Help guide participation and joint project/program development activities,
*  Establish and balance scheduling demands as early as possible prior to peak season (spring-early fall),
*  Alleviate heavy seasonal use impacts through advance planning

What's Currently Happening?

We're happy to announce the following programs and opportunities for Spring and Summer 2017!  Check back and follow us on Facebook to learn more and participate!

FOCUS (Forests, Organisms, Creeks, U Study!) 2017 This program brings students, in grades 3-5, into a natural setting for hands-on scientific learning experiences. The program is run at Beazell Memorial Forest, northwest of Philomath, OR in Kings Valley, as a partnership between OSU Extension Service Benton County and Benton County Natural Areas and Parks.

Natural Areas Celebration Week 2017  Every year the community of outdoor educators, managers, and volunteers, provide a week of free public events.  This year the following special events are being provided by Benton County Natural Areas & Parks during early May.​   Details coming soon! 

GO (Get Outdoors) Day!  The fourth annual National Get Outdoors Day event to be held oat Peavy Arboretum.  This free event is hosted by OSU College of Forestry and OSU Benton County Extension, and will feature a variety of hands-on activities to connect youth and families with the great outdoors. Check back for date soon!

Benton County Outdoor Summer Adventures 2017 This collaboration between Benton County Natural Areas and Parks and Corvallis Parks and Recreation provides youth, ages 8 - 11, with 4 days of fun, summer adventures that explore Benton County on July 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th.

These are currently being finalized with limited spots available! Check back and watch for the Corvallis Parks & Recreation Activity Guide!

Family Mushroom Hunt 2017  Bring the whole family and join us for an afternoon of mycological magic! Our educators and volunteers will be sharing the marvelous world of mushrooms and other fungus as you hike through the forest to visit interactive displays and activities.

Date and details to be shared during late Summer 2017!


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