Welcome to the 2016 Western Region Space Grant Meeting Website
September 29 - October 1, 2016
Bend, Oregon



Meeting Host: Oregon Space Grant Consortium
When: Thursday, September 29 – Saturday, October 1, 2016.
Schedule: Optional Tours - Thursday, September 29, 2016 and Saturday, October 1, 2016. See below for tour descriptions.
Western Region Meeting dates - Friday, September 30 - 8am-5pm, Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 8am-1pm
Oregon Space Grant Consortium Affiliate Meeting - Wednesday, September 28, 2016 Saturday, October 1, 2016 following the Western Region Meeting (30 minutes)
Hosted Dinner and Evening at the High Desert Museum - Friday, September 30, 2016 - 6-9pm
Where: Riverhouse on the Deschutes Hotel and Convention Center, 2850 Rippling River Ct., Bend, OR 97703


Where: Riverhouse on the Deschutes, 2850 Rippling River Ct., Bend, OR 97703
Rate: $104 per night plus tax
Deadline to Book Rooms: August 29, 2016 Hotel deadline extended to September 6, 2016. After September 6th, rate will increase to $217 - $257 per night.
To Book Rooms: Call the hotel directly at 1-866-453-4480 to reserve rooms; please do NOT book rooms on line. Be sure to reference Western Region Space Grant Meeting to secure the group rate.
NOTE: If you are told the room block is full, please contact the Oregon Space Grant office directly. There is still space available and we need to make sure everyone is staying at the Riverhouse property to meet the contract requirements.


Airport: Roberts Field, Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM), Redmond, OR. www.flyrdm.com Redmond is located approximately 20 miles from Bend, OR.
Transportation from Airport: Either rental cars or shuttles are available from the airport. If taking a shuttle, we recommend the Redmond Airport Shuttle, https://www.redmondairportshuttle.net/ - approximately $70 RT per person. For other shuttle services from the Redmond Airport, go to http://www.flyrdm.com/?Ground-Transportation for more information.


Registration Deadline: August 29, 2016
Fee: $350
Late registration fee: $400 after August 29, 2016
Student registration fee: $125
Cancellation/Substitution Policy: All requests for cancellations or substitutions must be submitted in writing to Catherine Lanier at catherine.lanier@oregonstate.edu. You may receive a full refund of your meeting registration, less a 10% processing fee, for cancellation requests received by September 16, 2016. Substitutions may be made at any time and must be submitted in writing to Catherine Lanier at catherine.lanier@oregonstate.edu.


Click here to view/download the Western Region Space Grant Meeting DRAFT Agenda

REGISTER NOW: https://www.spacegrant.org/register/wr16




If you are an Oregon Space Grant affiliate, the OSGC Affiliate Meeting will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Riverhouse on the Deschutes, following the Western Region Meeting. When registering, please select Oregon Space Grant Affiliate as your registration type.



Thursday, September 29, 2016

Half-day Geology Hike
Within 1 hour of Bend are hikes through the countryside with spectacular volcano, river waterfall or forest landscapes. Up to 4 hours hiking ranging from easy to moderate. Great photography. Weather dependent. Lunch provided.
Transportation: Participants will board a tour bus from Riverhouse
Time: Start 8am - return to hotel by 2pm
Cost: $60 per person

Tumalo Falls


White Water Rafting on the Deschutes
The Big Eddy Thriller is Sun Country Tours most popular whitewater rafting adventure since 1978! This three-mile journey down an energetic section of the beautiful Deschutes River is only minutes from the resort and downtown Bend, OR. Celebrate your trip to Bend with splashes and “woo hoos!” Rafters receive digital pictures to commemorate the experience!
On river time: 1.25 hours
River mileage: 3 miles
Difficulty: Class 3 whitewater
Transportation: Vans from Riverhouse will be provided to take you to the SunCountry Tour Headquarters
Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm 
Cost: $65 per person
Limited to 42 people

White water rafting


The Bend Brew Cycle Tour
Bend, Oregon is known far and wide for cycling and even farther and wider for world-class microbreweries. Cycle Pub gives you an opportunity to enjoy these two passions, and create an experience you and your fellow riders will never forget. It's a non-traditional bike, where you sit and pedal in a non-traditional way, and enjoy non-traditional beverages. Our best description...it's a rolling pub on wheels that you pedal! There are 10 pedaling seats, 2 passive bike seats plus a comfy bench for two more on the back. Cycle Pub features include adjustable seats, cup holders, overhead storage bins for your personal items, and cool mood lighting!
Duration: 2 hour tour - stop at as many or as few breweries as the group decides.
Transportation: Vans from Riverhouse will be provided to take you to the Cycle Pub.
Time: 3:30-5:30pm
Cost: $45 per person
Limited to 26 people

Brew Pub Cycle


Saturday October 1, 2016

Pine Mountain Observatory
Take a VIP Tour of Pine Mountain Observatory (PMO), a University of Oregon owned and operated astronomical observatory, located at 6400 feet near the summit of Pine Mountain. PMO is home to four telescopes, a 32” reflector with a prime focus camera used for research, a 24” reflector that is used for public/educational outreach and research programs, a fully-restored 15” antique reflector that is used for public outreach programs, and a 14” reflector that is setup to be remotely controlled from the UO campus in Eugene. The event will include an all-access tour of the facility and the opportunity to observe the sky while public volunteers and UO students operate the telescopes for one of our weekly “Public Night Programs”.
This event is dependent on weather conditions at the summit. Jackets and closed toe shoes are recommended. The last 8 miles to the observatory follow a hard pack dirt road with an elevation gain of roughly 1500 feet. The road conditions are at times very rough with “washboard” bumps often present. Please take this into consideration if you are driving a personal vehicle to PMO. Transportation provided.
Plan: Travel from Bend approximately 35 miles one-way to Pine Mountain, return to Bend after the tour of the facility and nighttime observing.
Vans will be provided from Riverhouse to PMO. Due to bumpy road conditions, it is not recommended to take rental cars or low clearance vehicles.
Time: 5:30 – 11:30pm
Cost: $65 per person





Please contact Catherine Lanier at catherine.lanier@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-2414 if you have questions or need additional information.

REGISTER NOW: https://www.spacegrant.org/register/wr16