• Tour des Chutes - Virtual Ride/Run!

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    Saturday July 11th – Virtual Time

    Tour des Chutes has traditionally featured road and gravel cycling routes, along with a 5K run/walk. This year we have shifted our focus to a virtual event so that we can continue to support children and adults with cancer. More INFO HERE.

    The Tour des Chutes Virtual Event will still take place on July 11, 2020, with a few additions. Beginning June 26th, we will post a new blog post each day to inspire participants and give everyone a place to connect. All registered participants will also receive a coupon book with incredible deals from local businesses. Registration is just $25, and we are still offering our full assortment of Tour des Chutes…

  • BYB Live Stream 'Behind the Scenes of the Pilot Butte Fireworks' July 4th 730pm

    Posted on in category Event

    Backyard Bend will be live from the top of Pilot Butte on Saturday July 4th at 730pm to bring you a behind the scenes look at the big show. We’ll talk with Sure Shot Fireworks who is producing the show and the Bend Fire Department. Tune in and see the event like never before. It will be streamed on the BYB APP and the BYB website Live On Location page.

    Be sure you have updated the BYB Mobile App on your phone prior to going to the Live On Location Streaming of the event. 
  • Climate Change in Central Oregon - Online Event Hosted by the Deschutes Land Trust

    Posted on in categories Event , Travel & Adventure

    July 1st, 4pm – 5pm Online Event. More INFO HERE. 

    Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Fiona Noonan to learn about climate change impacts and solutions in Central Oregon from the comfort of your home. We’ll discuss climate science, the effects of climate change on natural systems, and the ways that conservation can combat rising temperatures and shifting habitats. Learn about the Land Trust’s climate change strategy and the ways you can make a difference on your own! Then you’ll have a chance to ask your own climate change questions during a during a question and answer session. **Registration required to receive the virtual event link. Only one person per household needs to register for this event.**


  • Intro to Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest - Online Event

    Posted on in categories Event , Travel & Adventure

    Tuesday June 30th, 7p – 9p. Online Event. More INFO HERE.

    Many in Central Oregon have caught on to Morel foraging in the late spring and early summer. This event will introduce you to some other common species in Oregon and help you develop an understanding of the basics.

    A fun beginners workshop on mushrooms. Foraging, identification, where to go, what to bring, and cultivation
    *** Check here for additional event dates https://www.eventbrite.com/o/salish-mushrooms-26770288393

  • Upper Deschutes Watershed Council 'Upstream' Auction is Live on Monday June 29th

    Posted on in categories Event , River

    The next round of auction items from the UpperDeschutes Watershed Council’s Upstream project will be available starting on Monday, June 29th! This is your chance to score some incredible items including an Aquaglide inflatable paddle board, dinner for two at Elk Lake Resort, a Tenkara fly rod and reel, a Bendistillery gin cocktail basket, and a beautiful Bronwen Jewelry necklace. More INFO HERE. 

    All proceeds from this auction benefit our watershed education program, The Upstream Project, which seeks to educate and engage the next generation of watershed stewards. We are continuing to connect with students, parents, and teachers through our online educational videos. Show your support and help us do more by bidding on some of…

  • Virtual Pacific Crest Tour de Crest Bike Tours 26 & 55 mile 2020

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    Event will run from June 19-July 4th during the specified time frame at your chosen location with your closest family/friends.

    Due to COVID-19, Pacific Crest Endurance Sports Festival has transitioned to a Virtual Event. The SWAG is off-the-charts! https://tinyurl.com/y88ohjd7
    We will provide specific guidelines for each virtual race and distance including the rules and also how to do each leg of the Triathlon and AquaBike events in the next couple weeks and will depend on whether local pools will be open or not. 
    Our Tour de Crest rides are a non-competitive, non-timed ride allowing athletes, friends and family to ride at a leisurely pace and take as many breaks as they…

  • Butterflies of Central Oregon

    Posted on in categories Event , Hiking , Travel & Adventure

    June 24th, 4pm – 5pm Online event hosted by Deschutes Land Trust

    Butterflies of Central Oregon. More INFO HERE. 

    Explore the delicate and beautiful world of butterflies with the Deschutes Land Trust and Amanda Egertson from the comfort of your home. Learn about common butterflies in Central Oregon and a few tips on how to identify butterflies. You’ll also learn more about their unique features and natural history. Then you’ll have a chance to ask our resident expert all your butterfly questions during a question and answer session. **Registration required to receive the virtual event link. Only one person per household needs to register for this event.** Register HERE.

    Amanda Egertson is the Deschutes Land…

  • Remarkable Desert Rivers Online Event Hosted by the Oregon Natural Desert Assoc.

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    Thursday June 25, 6pm – 7pm ONDA is hosting Remarkable Desert Rivers, an online event showcasing Oregon’s know and lesser known desert rivers. More INFO HERE. 

    Why do we value wild rivers? Join ONDA for a short video screening and a thoughtful dialogue between Chad Brown of Soul River, Inc. and ONDA’s Gena Goodman-Campbell as they share personal reflections on the value of remarkable desert rivers. Then, Gena will introduce us to some lesser-known streams, rivers and lakes that are worth conserving in a unique opportunity to protect more waterways across Oregon’s high desert!

    This is a digital event, which you can live-stream from the comfort of your home. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link to…

  • Applegate Trail - Southern Oregon's Unique National Historic Route Online Event

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    Thursday June 18, 1230pm – 2pm Online Event. More INFO HERE.

    Southern Oregon enjoys a rich legacy of scenic and historic trails. The Pacific Crest Trail, Oregon Trail, and Applegate Trail each play an important role in the state’s recreational and historic value. Jeff Lalande and William Buck will provide a fascinating oral and visual tapestry, tying together these three trails and what they mean to Southern Oregon. Discover the hidden history in Ashland’s backyard from Jeff’s in-depth knowledge of early settlers and travelers on the Applegate Trail and how Oregon values continue today through the National Trails System.

    This talk is being offered virtually as a Zoom Webinar. Please register for this event in order to receive login…

  • The Wonders of Mount Hood Online Event

    Posted on in categories Event , Travel & Adventure
    June 10th, 2020 @ 6:00pm Online Event. Registration and more INFO HERE. Mount Hood is home to some of Oregon’s most jaw droppingly beautiful trails, old-growth forests, wildflowers, and streams. Eli Boschetto, author of the brand new Day Hiking Mount Hood guide, will take you on a virtual tour of some of the more off-the-beaten-path trails where you’ll be able to enjoy the mountain safely as we temporarily adjust our hiking habits in light of current health concerns.

    Of course, it isn’t enough just to enjoy Mount Hood. These precious public lands deserve and need protection. Oregon Wild’s Erik Fernandez will discuss efforts to chart a new vision for recreation and conservation around Mount Hood, it’s carbon rich old-growth forests,…