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When the “Snowpocalypse” smothered Eugene with a thick blanket of snow in late February, roughly 20,000 trees fell on trails in the area, according to a DOD estimate. Three months later, many of these trails are still impassable for the hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers who normally use them.

Being a nature lover at the University of Oregon can be exasperating. Eugene is surrounded by beautiful forests, rivers and lakes, but we’re all so busy that it’s hard to find time to explore. Piles of homework, tests and work can make Oregon’s nature seemingly inaccessible.

Eugene is home to about 168,000 people, with over 20,000 of them being University of Oregon students. As college students, it can seem hard to stop spending money on everything we do. Now that it’s spring term and the sun is finally shining, here are a few things to do in Eugene without need…