We are still in high winter season as we roll into February and the Bend Park and Recreation District is offering a series of classes and outings taking advantage of snow. For those with some cross country ski experience, a Continuing XC Ski course that works on skill development is a good way to experience local snow parks and short ski tours. Sessions are being offered throughout February and into March every Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For those who have some snowshoe experience and want to continue to explore snowshoeing, there are two courses that may be of interest. A Fitness Snowshoe course is being offered on Tuesdays through February from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., as well. This course includes shorter hikes with the focus on building strength and fitness levels while snowshoeing in the woods. The other course is a Thursdays Yetis Snowshoe outing being offered on Thursday through February and into March. Distances range from four to six miles for these outings from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. This course is primarily for those who are comfortable on snowshoes, but as the old saying goes, "If you can walk, you can snowshoe."
BPRD reminds all who are interested in joining a course or session that equipment is not included. Participants are responsible for bringing their own food and water for outings unless otherwise indicated. Clothing and equipment recommendations are available on BPRD's website. Round-trip transportation is provided for each day's destination in the District's 15-passenger vans. BPRD stresses it's important for participants to have basic strength and physical conditioning and its website offers guidelines on conditioning levels.
February and March provide some of the best opportunities for winter sports participation and soon the calendar will turn to spring and summer hiking adventures. Take advantage now. For further information on BPRD offerings and costs, call 541-389-7275, or visit bendparksandrec.org.
For those interested in the Native American connection to nature, University of Oregon Assistant Professor Marsha Weisiger presents a discussion of how the Navajo Nation looks at nature with an eye toward balance. Her lecture will be at McMenamins Old Francis School, Feb. 9, beginning at 7 p.m. RSVP at the High Desert Museum, highdesertmuseum.org/rsvp. Weisiger is professor of history and environmental studies.