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Explore like you mean it.

There is a whole lot to explore within just a short (or long) drive from campus. And thanks to Hadlock Student Center, students have access to all the gear they could need.
From pickleball to disc golf, rock climbing to snowshoeing, kettelbells to basketballs, there is plenty to do in Newberg and the surrounding areas. Less than a mile and a half from campus is a boat dock where you can drop your kayaks or SUPs into the Willamette River and float for hours.
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At 650 acres and a beautiful three-hour, 20-minute drive from campus, Smith Rock State Park is generally considered the birth place of modern American sport climbing. According to smithrock.com, you can "... rig your slackline, jump on any of the hundreds of climbing routes, hike along the scenic River Trail, or challenge yourself to bike, or run up the Summit Trail loop back to the river ... There's something for everyone."
In just under two hours you can be on Mt. Hood, Oregon's highest mountain and Portland's eye candy.  There are hundreds of miles of trails on and around the mountain, and there is nothing more rewarding than a good hard snowshoe hike in the forest. Guess what: Hadlock has snowshoes AND backpacks for you.
Don't want to be cold? Do you prefer greenery to snowman building? Well, Oregon has 11 national forests, 21 national wildlife refuges, and 361 state parks. There are plenty of options for a day, overnight or even multiple-day hiking outing, not to mention our thousands of acres administered by the Bureau of Land Management.
With plenty of trees for hammocks and slacklines, and plenty of grassy quad for yard games, there is no reason to be bored for the days you just wanna stay on campus.
Special thank you to our photo intern, Hannah Dugan, for some of these amazing adventure photos.

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Chris Low


Chris Low has been the photographer in the Office of Marketing Communications since April 2018. As husband to a nurse and dad to a 7-year-old redhead, he likes to build with LEGOs, get tattooed, and drink tons of coffee. Sometimes, when in better shape, he likes to run long distance races in the forest.