FSH@O Opal Creek Hike June 12th

May 17th, 2016

Who doesn’t love hiking and a chance to explore the incredible scenery of our fair state?


Little Santiam waterfalls

FSH@O invites you, your family, and your friendly furry friends to explore the wonder of Oregon’s natural beauty Sunday, June 12th with an easy, 6 mile hike around Opal Creek. Hiking starts at 10am–though I’d recommend arriving early for better parking options. 🙂

Opal Pool

Opal Pool

The important details:

Who: You, your friends and family, and your friendly furry family (the trail is dog friendly)!

What: Hiking the Opal Creek trail to Opal Pool. A round trip of 6 mostly flat miles of trail.

When: June 12th, meeting at the trailhead at 10am.  We expect the hike to take about 3-4 hours with pictures, stopping to take in the sites, and lunch.

Getting there: You’ll find driving directions no matter where you’re coming from on this website. Drivers will need a NW Forest Pass or to pay $5 on site

Carpooling: We also encourage carpooling! Please fill out this Google Sheet if you have room in your car or if you’re looking for a ride.

Packing:  Here’s what to bring!

  • Good shoes for hiking
  • Snacks
  • Lunch
  • Plenty of water
  • Sunscreen
  • A camera
  • A swimsuit and towel for the bold! The water is a bit chilly, but awesome.


We’re planning on exploring Jawbone Flats and Opal Pool.  Jawbone flats is an old abandoned mining town, and there are old mines and treasures to find along the trails.

Jawbone Flats

Jawbone Flats

Please contact Erica Curry if you have any questions!


Depending on the turnout of this hike, we’re hoping to do more of these in the future! Do you have suggestions of where we should explore, and what we should show off to any new Oregonians? Leave your suggestions for future hikes and outings in the comments!

CARDV Mother’s Day (Weekend) Run/Walk

March 31st, 2016

CARDV is having their 14th annual Mother’s Day (weekend) 5K run/walk and fun walk for safe families on Saturday, May 7th, 2016. I won’t be able to attend this year, but I have really enjoyed attending it in the past.


Wednesday 3-Mile Fun Run

February 29th, 2016

running shoes

Take a break and get some fresh air and exercise each Wednesday with your Ecampus colleagues. We have organized a weekly group run and would like YOU to join us.

The group runs 3 miles each week at varied paces and is open to all levels of experience! We try to keep it fun and social too.

The run takes around 30 minutes, depending on your preferred pace, so you still have time to cool down/grab lunch before you head back to the office.

If you are interested in joining, just meet in front of Dixon Recreation Center at 12:10 p.m. each Wednesday!

Join the Bike Commute Challenge!

August 19th, 2015

For the 5th consecutive year we’ll have an OSU Ecampus and Friends team in the Bike Commute Challenge in September. The BCC is a very friendly competition among workplaces in Oregon/SW Washington each September that promotes wellness, sustainability, bike safety, and community. We welcome everyone who wants to bike to work at least once or twice, or as much as every day, in September. Sign up at Bike Commute Challenge to join us. When you register, please choose the OSU Ecampus and Friends team so that your rides will count toward the team total. All team members will be invited to an after-work gathering during September. For more information, contact Cub.

You’ll be on the team with a few of your fellow F’SH@O members!

Monthly lunchtime walks (health!)

February 19th, 2014

Passing along this note:

The PEBB Healthy Team plans to host monthly lunchtime walks. For this first one, we will trek out to the covered bridge and back (approx. 2.5 miles round trip). We may get lucky enough to see deer, coyotes, or eagles along the way! The speedier walkers may have time to go past the bridge a bit to check out the alpacas.

We will meet at the Valley Library loading dock at 12:05 p.m. This is not a race, so we expect it to take around 45 – 50 minutes.

In case of rain, we will join the Walking Wednesdays group and walk around Dixon’s indoor track. You do not have to be a member of Dixon to participate in Walking Wednesdays.

HTHU: Healthy Food Potluck

January 24th, 2014

This just in:
The Thursday afternoon group of OSU Extended Campus ‘Healthy Team Healthy U’ invites you to join us for a healthy potluck. This is a social get together but we are happy to answer any questions you might have about what we have been talking about for the past several months and what we are doing as part of the HTHU challenge.

We invite you to bring a healthy dish to share. We plan to consolidate the recipes into a HTHU notebook, so please bring your recipe to display with your dish. Nutritional information is a plus. Include your name so you can get credit for your good eats.

Here are the five Ws:
What Healthy food potluck
Where 3rd floor staff lounge – Valley 3779
When Thursday, February 27, 12:00-1:30
Why To get together over some great food
Who YOU!

Remember—the simplest is often the tastiest and healthiest. See you there!

HTHU OSU Extended Campus Team: Claire Cross, Debbie Hamar, Karen Johnston, Joy Jorgensen, Reni Powell, Shannon Riggs, Lisa Templeton & Victor Yee

Run your TuTu off (walk/run) – Jan.11

January 7th, 2014

This is a community event a friend is organizing, and some of us plan on attending:

To benefit Corvallis Furniture share, there will be a 5K walk/run.* Mark your TUTU for :

Saturday January 11th, 10:30AM

at the Benton County Fair Grounds: Midge Cramer Bike Path

There will be Awards! Snacks! and best of all :FITNESS! (with a side of : supporting a local non-profit).

register online at : www.fitnessbyemily.weebly.com

$15.00 per person.

$25.00 families/teams of up to 4 participants (+$5.00 extra for over 4 participants)

*: bring your own tutu!

Let’s take a (spooky) walk!

November 6th, 2013

On November 8 (Friday), take the Corvallis Haunted Walking Tour!
We are excited to get a group together for this fun and historic tour!

The cost is $18, but if we have a group of at least 10 people, they will knock $3.00 off each of our tickets.

The tour starts at 7:00 p.m., so for those interested: we could go to dinner beforehand and then go together to the tour meeting place (Francesco’s Gelato). So far we have a group of four attending, and would love to have you join us!

Please RSVP to Melissa Whitney by Monday, November 4! The website is SpiritExpeditions.com. From there you can mouse over “Walking Tours” and then click on the “Corvallis Haunted History Tour.”

local event: Corvallis Haunted Walking Tour

October 10th, 2013

Update: We have a new date locked – Friday November 8. For all the deets, read this new blog post
Melissa and crew were thinking of rounding up a group for this on Friday night, October 4th (and I’m only just not posting about it. sorry). But it didn’t come together. Looks like they’re only hosting tours Monday through Thursday for a while?

If you’re interested, please contact Melissa (or comment on this blog).

For more info: The website is SpiritExpeditions.com. From there you can mouse over “Walking Tours” and then click on the “Corvallis Haunted History Tour.”
A tour holds up to 20 people. It costs $18 for adults, or $12 for kids 12 and under. (maybe these are the in person prices? their booking website notes $20 for adults).

anywho. HALLOWEEN! fun.
If you have any other suggestions for local Halloween activities (notable haunted houses? other events?), please post below.

local event: Be Well Walk/Run

October 7th, 2013

Would anyone care to join us this Friday (the 11th) for the 1 mile walk?
Check out this announcement from OSU Today.

Be Well 5k Walk & Run: Enjoy the start to fall with your friends, colleagues, and Corvallis community members and participate in the FREE 2013 Be Well 5K Walk & Run (and 1 Mile Walk) on Friday, October 11. Register early for a free t-shirt. Interested in volunteering? We could use your help!

You can volunteer here.