Calendar

Mar 30

Wilderness First Responder Recertification

This three day scenario-based course is designed as review and practice of evacuation and decision making guidelines. It also provides wilderness medicine practitioners with  more…

Apr 13

Volunteer Stewardship Weekend 1

Join us at Opal Creek for a weekend of clearing trails and working on basic maintenance projects around our historic 1930s mining town of  more…

Apr 28

Family Workshop: Amphibian Adventure!

From the coastal giant salamander to the unique tailed frog, discover the dozen amphibians that call our pristine watershed home. Opal Creek’s ancient forests,  more…

May 4

Painting in the Ancient Forest

Retreat for a weekend of mixed-media art in a spectacular natural setting. Come prepared to get messy while getting your hands in the paint,  more…

May 5

Rainforest Mixology

Join us in the woods for a one-of-a-kind experience with our favorite Portland drink experts! Treat yourself to guided hikes and forays with Opal  more…

May 11

Evening for Opal Creek

Our annual spring fundraiser is the party of the year! Held in the Lagunitas Community Room in Northeast Portland, we’re excited to have you  more…

Jun 9

Family Workshop: A Bug’s Life

Welcome in summer with the critters that buzz, crawl, and hop when the sun shines! Join our science instructors as we search high and  more…

Jun 13

Wilderness Upgrade for Medical Professionals

Learn how to improvise equipment, deal with challenging environments, and make difficult medical decisions in remote locations with confidence. Apply your urban emergency care  more…

Jun 24

Backcountry Basics 1

ages 10-12. Average daily mileage: 4. Learn the ins-and-outs of backpacking in the largest uncut watershed in the western Cascades. This backcountry adventure will  more…

Jul 1

Backcountry Basics 2

ages 10-12. Average daily mileage: 4. Learn the ins-and-outs of backpacking in the largest uncut watershed in the western Cascades. This backcountry adventure will  more…

Jul 8

Among the Ancients

ages 12-14. Average daily mileage: 5. Throw your home on your back and head off on foot in search of some of the oldest  more…

Jul 9

Junior Basecamp I

ages 8-10. Unplug for this three-day camp based in the off-the-grid town of Jawbone Flats. We’ll get to know the Opal Creek watershed with  more…

Jul 15

Ridgelines and Waterways

ages 12-14. Average daily mileage: 5. Explore Opal Creek’s vista-filled ridges, deep valleys, and pristine lakes and rivers as we investigate how water has  more…

Jul 15

Summit Sisters: Extended Ladies Expedition

ages 14-18. Average daily mileage: 6. Ladies, soar to new heights in search of the best vistas west of the Cascades. We’ll cover lots  more…

Jul 22

River Deep, Mountain High

ages 12-14. Average daily mileage: 5. Astonishing views of the Cascades, from Mt. Hood to the Three Sisters, will greet us as we traverse  more…

Jul 29

Bull of the Woods: Extended Expedition

ages 14-18. Average daily mileage: 6. Hone your backcountry travel and wilderness leadership skills in this eight-day trip that ventures out beyond the Opal  more…

Jul 29

Backcountry Basics 3

ages 10-12. Average daily mileage: 4. Learn the ins-and-outs of backpacking in the largest uncut watershed in the western Cascades. This backcountry adventure will  more…

Aug 5

Going Glacial–Full

Ages 13-15. Average daily mileage: 5. Join us as we circumnavigate Three-Fingered Jack, an extinct shield volcano in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness. As we  more…

Aug 6

Junior Basecamp II

ages 8-10. Unplug for this three-day camp based in the off-the-grid town of Jawbone Flats. We’ll get to know the Opal Creek watershed with  more…

Aug 12

Tour de Lacs: Extended Expedition

ages 14-18. Average daily mileage: 6.5. Travel with us on an eight-day journey into the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness! From refreshing swims in alpine lakes  more…

Aug 12

Ladies of the Cascades

ages 12-14. Average daily mileage: 5 Ladies, grab your girlfriends for this western Cascades lake tour! A route chosen by girls and for girls,  more…

Aug 19

Backcountry Basics 4

ages 10-12. Average daily mileage: 4. Learn the ins-and-outs of backpacking in the largest uncut watershed in the western Cascades. This backcountry adventure will  more…

Aug 31

Adult Women Backpacking

Ladies, join us for a backpacking adventure in the Opal Creek and Bull of the Woods wildernesses! Perfect for first-time backpackers or those who  more…

Sep 7

7th Annual Opal Creek Golf Tournament

The 7th Annual Opal Creek Golf Tournament features a shotgun scramble with mid-course contests, followed by dinner, drinks, and more. Come play at Aloha’s  more…

Sep 28

Wilderness First Responder Recertification II

This three day scenario-based course is designed as review and practice of evacuation and decision making guidelines. It also provides wilderness medicine practitioners with  more…

Oct 4

Yoga in the Ancient Forest

Unplug and settle into the natural beauty of Opal Creek. The crystal clear waters and giant trees are the perfect backdrop for getting quiet  more…

Oct 5

Homesteading in the Jawbone Kitchen

What does it take to provide home-cooked meals in the renowned Jawbone Flats kitchen? Alongside our food service manager, you’ll learn one facet of  more…

Oct 12

Volunteer Stewardship Weekend 2

Join us at Opal Creek for a weekend of clearing trails and working on basic maintenance projects around our historic 1930s mining town of  more…

Oct 20

Ancient Forest Mushrooms

The ancient forest of Opal Creek produces a large diversity of mushrooms every fall. Hike through the tall trees and learn about the amazing  more…

Oct 27

Family Workshop: Crafting with Wild Mushrooms

Did you know mushrooms aren’t just food—they’re also used in handcrafts? Join us on a wild mushroom foray focused on species that produce pigments  more…

Nov 2

Wilderness First Responder

This course is recommended for anyone who works or travels in areas where medical care is delayed or communication is unreliable. This course builds  more…