Friday, February 12, 2016

Igloo and Snow Shelter Building Class

Ready to learn something something new? Join Rare Earth Adventures on a day trip to learn about building snow-shelters and igloos. It is a great class for any outdoor enthusiast, and is a skill that might come in handy some day.  
Ages 18 years & Up
Rare Earth Adventures will give you the chance to be a kid again and learn about outdoor shelters as we teach you the basics of snow-shelter and igloo building. Learn how to build an igloo, a quinzee hut, a snow trench and a snow-cave shelter.  

Bring water & lunch. Snacks provided.
COST: R $83/NR $100 per trip
Min. 3 ~ Max. 8
Saturday, 9am-4pm
1/23 (Register by 1/19)  
2/20 (Register by 2/16) 
3/19 (Register by 3/14)  
LOCATION: Start & Return to Rare Earth
Adventures (REA), 906 NW Corporate Dr.

Traveling in 12 passenger vans to local area.

For more information contact REA directly
or 866-936-0910.
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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Free Rain Garden Workshop in Troutdale

Rain gardens not only add a lovely display of native and adapted plants to the landscaping of any space, but they remove standing rainwater by allowing stormwater to soak into the ground, thereby decreasing flooding and erosion in the surrounding areas. East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District is offering a FREE class about how to build your own rain garden. The class isn't until April 17, but register now before seats are filled!
Learn how to build your own rain garden! We’ll explore the critical role rain gardens can play in urban stream restoration, and how they add beautiful landscaping to your yard at the same time.
You will learn how to assess your site to determine the best location and size, calculate impervious surfaces, determine soil suitability, choose appropriate plants, and how to maintain your new rain garden. You will also receive a comprehensive manual that guides you through all the steps in constructing your rain garden. Where possible, workshop includes a short tour of a nearby rain garden.
Date: Sun, Apr. 17
Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Troutdale Community Police Facility
 Address: 234 SW Kendall Ct, Troutdale, 97060
Register for the class now! Seats are still available and you can easily register here

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Moonlight Snowshoeing on Mt. Hood

Winter is upon us, and (unlike previous years) there is plenty of snow to go around! If you love the snow and adventuring in the outdoors, consider joining one of Rare Earth Adventures' moonlight snowshoeing trips on Mt. Hood. The trips depart from the Rare Earth Adventures building in Troutdale, OR and embark up into the snowy, moon-lit terrain of the Mt. Hood National Forest. Read more about the trip and when the next outings are below:
Ages 18 years & Up 
Snowshoes help us to trade in dreary city weather for the snowy wonderland of the mountains. While being stable and fun, snowshoes are the perfect tool to help you explore the untouched snow of the peaceful woods and vast glaciers. The best thing about snowshoeing is that it requires absolutely no prior experience or special physical ability. All you need is a sense for adventure and the willingness to get out there and do something incredible!

Itinerary: Meet at 6pm, make sure waivers are completed, try on snowshoes, load the van and head for the destination on Mt Hood. Expect to leave no later than 6:20 pm. Arrive at snowshoe destination after a stop at restroom at 7:30pm. Begin snowshoe adventure by 7:45pm. Snowshoe for approx. 1 hour before stopping for a 20 min rest. During this “rest” period people have the chance to explore the immediate surroundings, while the guide prepares some sparkling apple juice, hot beverages such as cocoa and coffee, and healthy snacks. After our 20 min break we will gear up for another hour of snowshoeing on route back to the van. Return around 11:30 pm.

Come dressed for winter weather. We recommend dressing similar to how you would to go skiing or snowboarding. Warm, waterproof hiking boots arerequired. We also recommend a small backpack to carry water and extra layers, but it can be provided if needed.
Bring water. Snacks provided.
COST: R $75/NR $90 per trip

Friday 6pm-11:30pm

2/26 (Register by 2/22)
3/18 (Register by 3/14) 
LOCATION: Start & Return to Rare Earth
Adventures (REA), 906 NW Corporate Dr.

Traveling in 12 passenger vans to local area.
For more information contact REA directly
or 866-936-0910.
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Taekwondo in Troutdale

Looking for an extracurricular activity for your kids? Maybe for yourself, or the whole family? If you live in or near Troutdale, OR consider signing up for the 8-week Taekwondo course being offered at the City Conference building. The course is for ages 6 and up, and all skill levels are welcome! Sign up today!
Youn Wha Ryu Taekwondo is an ancient and complex self-defense system that goes beyond kicking and punching. Students learn practical self-defense concepts that focus on increasing reaction, timing, speed and full body power. These dynamic classes combine both aerobic and anaerobic training and encourage the development of self-discipline, balance, coordination, agility, flexibility and overall total body strength. Children and adults can train together for great family fun and fitness. Beginners are always welcome!  
COST: R $56/NR $68 for 8 weeks
Min. 5 ~ Max. 25
Fridays 6:30pm ~ 7:30pm 
2/12 ~ 4/8 (No class 3/25) 
Register by 2/9
LOCATION: City Conference Building
INSTRUCTOR: Ronna Rothenberger

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Steelehead Fishing Clinic

Want to learn fishing technique or brush up on skills? On February 27, don't miss the Steelehead Fishing Clinic, hosted by local fisherman, Greg Short. The summer steelehead migration is just around the corner, so now is the perfect time to hone your fishing skills!
 Local fisherman Greg Short and the Hood River Watershed Group are hosting their annual Steelhead and Spring Chinook Fishing one-day clinic.
The day will begin inside, learning a variety of fishing techniques including knot tying, bait and tackle, and rules and regulations; the rest of the day will be spent outside utilizing new and improved fishing skills. Both beginners and experts alike will benefit from Short’s wide array of fishing knowledge. 
The class will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27. An Oregon fishing license (daily or annual) will be required for anyone 14 years or older to participate in on-the-river practice. Loaner rods and gear will be available.
Register with Community Education online at or by calling 541-386-2055. For more information, please contact Megan Saunders, Hood River Watershed Group, at 541-386-6063 or
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Friday, February 5, 2016

Always Catchin' Fishing Trips

If you always see fishing boats lined up on the Columbia River, but have never had the chance to go out yourself, Always Catchin' guided trips offers the perfect opportunity to go out and cast a line in the best locations on the Columbia River. Spend a full or half day with an experienced local guide who can provide top quality rods, tackle, bait, and priceless tips about fishing on the Columbia: 
Always Catchin' is a fully license and insured Guide Service providing Salmon, Steelhead and Sturgeon fishing trips on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers year round, from Astoria to the John Day River. Guided Fishing Trips make great gifts and an excellent adventure for family and friends.
Your Guide Jess Zerfing was born and raised in the small City of Cascade Locks, at the heart of the Columbia River Gorge which is known for great fishing. Jess grew up on the banks of the mighty Columbia River and knows it well. At the age of 11 he was fishing for Salmon on the banks of the Columbia River and spent most of his time doing just that. As Jess grew up he started looking at other fish this great river has to offer and at the age of 16 he started fishing for Sturgeon. He has caught many Sturgeons over 9 feet long before the age of 18. In the next 10 years of his life he would take many friends fishing and showed them the ture treasures of catching big fish. He loved watching people catch fish and the reactions they had when they caught their first salmon. He loved it so much that he decided to become a fishing guide and started his own business, Always Catchin’ Fishing Charters. 
Jess works closely with many big businesses in the gorge, such as Skamania Lodge. He was featured in a radio program that aired live from Skamania Lodge. Mr. Brian Wright, Co-Host for the Outdoor Guys (ESPN Hot Talk Radio 1510) from Kansas City went fishing with Jess and spoke all about his fishing trip live on the radio from Skamania Lodge.
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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Romantic Getaway in the Columbia River Gorge

Oregonians are spoiled regarding the options we have for weekend "getaways." Most of our favorite destinations include great food and also some of the most stunning views you can find in the country. Looking for a romantic getaway for you and your partner? Hood River made the list of most romantic Oregon getaways:
1. Hood River
What makes an Oregon destination romantic? Stunning landscapes, good food and drink, and somewhere beautiful to stay the night. That's what we think at least, and few other cities in Oregon feature such a confluence of those qualities as Hood River. Nestled into the scenic Columbia River Gorge at the base of Mt. Hood, only an hour east of Portland, the small city makes for a perfect romantic getaway.
You can find a great meal at farm-to-table Celilo, scenic waterfront restaurant Riverside or gourmet delicatessen Boda's Kitchen, but Hood River might be an even better place to drink. Beer drinkers have a three-peat of epic proportions with Full Sail Brewing, Double Mountain Brewery and Pfriem Family Brewers all downtown; wine lovers can head off to any of the 30 Columbia River Gorge wineries; while fans of cider can visit the whopping 11 cideries in Hood River Valley.
You can walk off all that food and drink on the many gorgeous trails in and around Hood River, including hikes up Mt. Hood, treks to find wildflowers in the Columbia River Gorge, and paths for runners and cyclists alike. Alternately, you can stay inside and relax at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel, ritzy Columbia Cliff Villasor rustic Bigfoot Lodge B&B. The key word for romance here is options – and Hood River delivers in spades.
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