Young angler, Get Outdoors Day 2018, photo by Julia Lont

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A free event aimed at connecting people in Benton and Linn counties to outdoor recreational opportunities is scheduled for June 3 at Peavy Arboretum.

The local Get Outdoors Day, sponsored by the Oregon State University Research Forests, the OSU Extension Service, the Benton County Health Department and Linn and Benton counties, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of National Get Outdoors Day, or GO Day.

This will be the 12th edition of the event but the first at Peavy Arboretum since 2019. Bilingual (Spanish and English) volunteers will be on hand to provide interpretation during family activities that include disc golf; wildlife- and plant-related artwork creation; interactive demonstrations about fire ecology, logging sports and outdoor skills; and free fishing for children 13 and younger.

More than 20 organizations from throughout the Willamette Valley are working together to host the event, dedicated to encouraging healthy, active outdoor fun.

Peavy Arboretum is on Arboretum Road about 8 miles north of Corvallis, just west of Highway 99W. Onsite parking is not available but a shuttle service is available from Crescent Valley High School, 4444 N.W. Highland Drive.

The shuttles from Crescent Valley will start at 10 a.m., with departures happening about every 20 minutes. The last shuttle to deliver people to the event will leave at 2 p.m.

Also, some free busing is available for families with children in Albany and Corvallis schools. Contact information for signing up is as follows:

  • Lincoln and Garfield elementary schools: Zulema Mendoza Arista, 541-760-8673, [email protected].
  • Letitia Carson Elementary School: Mirvana Mahmoud 541-908-5906, [email protected].
  • Lafayette Elementary School: Nancy Leon, 541-704-2376.

For more event information or to learn about volunteering, contact the Benton County Extension Service at 541-713-5000 or visit the OSU Research Forests Get Outdoors Day website at

Para información en español, llame al Departamento de Salud Pública de Benton County, 541-207-8099.

Other organizations participating in Get Outdoors Day are the OSU College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences; the Audubon Society of Corvallis; the Calapooia, Luckiamute and Marys River watershed councils; the Corvallis Arts Center; the Corvallis Environmental Center; Corvallis Parks & Recreation; the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library; Coyle Outside; the Greenbelt Land Trust; Marys Peak Search and Rescue; the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife; the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department; R3K9; the Siuslaw National Forest; the Willamette Disc Golf Club and the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

College of Forestry

About the OSU College of Forestry: For a century, the College of Forestry has been a world class center of teaching, learning and research. It offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs in sustaining ecosystems, managing forests and manufacturing wood products; conducts basic and applied research on the nature and use of forests; and operates more than 15,000 acres of college forests.

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Steve Lundeberg, 541-737-4039
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