We're excited to share that v2 of Daycation will be released on both iOS and Android this summer/fall of 2018. Sign up for updates on Northwest Family Daycation's brand-new web page.
In the spirit of a more interconnected greater Portland-Vancouver region, we introduce NORTHWEST FAMILY DAYCATION -- fun, convenient excursions throughout The Intertwine's abundant parks, trails and natural areas.
Daycations are personalized adventures combining parks, trails, beaches, waterways, coffee shops, food carts, libraries and other fun waypoints. Have a morning (or afternoon) with the kiddos to fill with an exciting, healthy, nature-oriented excursion? Daycation has you covered! Pick and choose from the stops along any of Daycation's itineraries for a magical day of exploration.
Send us your Daycation
What's your favorite excursion in urban nature? Send it in, and help us turn the Daycation mobile app and website into a resource representing the passions, interests and expertise of people throughout The Intertwine. Get started now with the DAYCATION CREATION STATION. Continue reading below for some helpful hints about making your Daycation.
What is a Daycation?
A Daycation is a guided adventure—and you are the guide. Daycations combine more than 3,000 miles of natural areas with fun urban waypoints throughout the Portland-Vancouver area.
Why Make a Daycation?
- Daycations can feature your organization, favorite place, special project, or memorable event in a mobile platform.
- We’re in this together. By contributing to this Intertwine Alliance-wide effort, you’ll benefit from the marketing strength of 150+ partners.
Send us YOUR Daycation!
- Document your Daycation. Take your smart phone along on your favorite Intertwine adventure. Take photos and a video to describe why you love this Daycation.
- Submit your Daycation online. Fill out the simple form at the DAYCATION CREATION STATION. Include lots of photos and insider tips!
TIP: Check out the form before you head out on your Daycation so you know what info you'll need to input later.
- Multiple waypoints mixing nature with nearby food, drink and entertainment
- Descriptions - overall and waypoint-specific
- Enticing photos and a short intro video
- How to get around (walk, wheel, paddle, public transit, etc.)
Tips to Make Yours Great
- Get personal: Highlight an activity you truly love to do, or a natural area or urban waypoint of special significance to your organization.
- Be descriptive & show off: Share cool facts, points of interest, and insider tips in your descriptions while adding photos and a video to promote your adventure.
- Use themes: Connect your Daycation activities through a shared theme—such as season or holiday, featured activity, or healthy behavior.
- Vary time commitments: Daycations can take half an hour, a whole day, or more, giving options to those with limited free time as well as those looking for a longer adventure.
ROSE Community Development managed a Daycation youth engagement program for the spring/summer 2017 launch of the Daycation mobile app. Teams of local youth created and marketed their own Daycations, sharing the neighborhood places they love and know best.
Teams came from the following organizations:
- Momentum Alliance
- The Blueprint Foundation
- Lents Youth Initiative
- Urban Nature Partners PDX
- OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon
- Boys & Girls Club
"These places, and the memories attached to them, are very close to my heart," said Brian Flores Garcia of the Lents Youth Initiative. "Daycation is the place to share them, so others can discover hidden gems they might not have known about otherwise." Please see the blog section below for more from Brian about the 2017 youth kick-off at the Oregon Zoo and what he loves about the Daycation concept.
Working with Daycation partners the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Metro and Frank Creative, the youth are providing feedback on development of the Daycation app, website and social media campaign, while gaining exposure to marketing, conservation, tech development and more.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
ROSE Community Development