Greenbelt Land Trust protects and preserves native habitats and picturesque landscapes to preserve natural spaces and connect people to the natural world. With more than 700 members, the organization aims to create a wide swath of green land, including farmland, forest, and meadowland, that is easily accessible for local residents. Greenbelt Land Trust currently owns more than 1,500 acres in the midvalley and continually works to acquire new properties with natural areas in need of protection. It carefully plans the restoration process when necessary, and links its properties with public spaces and parks to facilitate recreation and create wildlife corridors. Greenbelt Land Trust’s stewardship staff works in the field, restoring wetland, savanna, and prairie landscapes to their native conditions, and its outreach team conducts public workshops on invasive-species management and invites classes onto the land to research its natural inhabitants.
The National Association for Fitness Certification (NAFC) is on a mission to create a dynamic community of educated fitness specialists. To this end, NAFC offers a variety of accredited trainer-certification programs online, allowing aspiring fitness professionals the luxury of earning their credentials from the comfort of their own home or extra-large gym locker. The courses teach students how to lead nutrition programs, group fitness classes, Pilates lessons, and personal training sessions, opening the door to a variety of careers in health and wellness. Onsite workshops scheduled on a regular basis supplement virtual classroom learning with practical skills.
Seasoned shutterbug Daniel Troutman transfers personalities to film during laid-back portrait photography sessions. Summon Troutman to a one- to two-hour sitting at any locale within 20 miles of Jefferson, or decamp to the photographer’s 100-year-old converted-meat-locker studio, where the wooden walls and floor bathe mugs in warm, soft light. Subjects stay solo or share the frame with families and friends, and unlimited clothing changes allow for multiple looks or the reenactment of multiple scenes from A Fish Called Wanda. Postsession, subjects peruse the photos, selecting a winning shot for transmission to an 18”x12” print.
Instructors are certified by the NRA and the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification. As further evidence of their skills, they wrote a companion book for their concealed-handgun-license students and are both "Refuse to be a victim" and hunter's safety instructors.
Oregon Concealed's instructors prepare their students to pass concealed-firearm-permit exams in Utah and Oregon with both in-person and online classes. Taking care to address every aspect of the process, they take photos and fingerprints of students and give out certifications for concealed-carry-license applications. To round out their course offerings, they also teach handgun safety classes.
Oregon Fishing Club holds the keys to outdoor adventure. The organization has access to 17 river locations, 13 camping properties, and 20 private lakes and ponds. Ample fish swim beneath the water every day of the year, perhaps steelhead or salmon depending on the specific location. All an angler needs to do is tie a lure and cast a line. When not fishing themselves, Oregon Fishing Club's team works to maintain their properties as scenic locations to pitch a tent, have a picnic, or have an imaginary picnic.