In the spirit of a more interconnected greater Portland-Vancouver region, we introduce DAYCATION -- fun, convenient excursions throughout The Intertwine's abundant natural areas, showcasing diverse perspectives on rest & relaxation in nature.
Daycations are personalized adventures combining parks, trails, beaches, waterways, coffee shops, brewpubs, libraries and other fun waypoints.
Two ways to discover your Daycation
The much-anticipated Daycation mobile app is in the iTunes store and available for free download. As of April 2017, you can also choose your adventure using the mobile-optimized Daycation website, where you'll find all of the itineraries, photos, maps and more.
We're conducting beta testing on version 1.1, and will release an Android version later this year taking user feedback into consideration.
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 is managing a Daycation youth engagement program for spring/summer 2017. Teams of local youth are creating and marketing their own Daycations, sharing the neighborhood places they love and know best.
Spring teams come from the following organizations:
- Momentum Alliance
- The Blueprint Foundation
- Lents Youth Initiative
- Urban Nature Partners PDX
"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 May 13 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.
Interested in participating in the next round of the youth program? We're lining up more organizations to participate by creating Daycations or taking youth on Daycations this summer 2017. Please email Intertwine Alliance Communications Manager Tara Wilkinson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
ROSE Community Development
Definition | August through November 2015
User experience | November 2015 to March 2016
Visual design | March through April 2016
Build | April through June 2016
Content production | June through September 2016
Initial testing | July 2016
Beta program | Spring 2017
Youth engagement | Spring-Summer 2017
Public launch | Summer 2017