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Student Videographer Captures Oregon Outdoor Adventures

Published: June 01, 2016

Eugene, Ore. - University of Oregon student Connor Henzel approached Travel Lane County with an idea and a great deal of passion. "Connor's vision for introducing students to nearby adventures, along with his desire for stewarding our natural areas, was a perfect match for Travel Lane County" noted Natalie Inouye, Vice President of Tourism Marketing.

Connor's internship with Travel Lane County provided the foundation for the development of a fast growing library of nature travel videos titled "Day Trip!". What started as a project to get students off campus to enjoy nearby experiences, grew to cover a variety of experiences that all Lane County residents should learn about. From the familiar, to the not so familiar, Connor combines a glimpse into captivating encounters that await us, while also providing a unique perspective into the destination's natural history.

Andy Vobora, Travel Lane County Vice President of Stakeholder Relations noted, "Most of us are aware of, and disappointed by, the recent student activities at Lake Shasta. It's exciting to see a student who has a deep respect for the beautiful natural places we have in Lane County and throughout Oregon. Travel Lane County is proud to have played a role in helping Connor develop his videos and share them with his fellow students and the community."

Connor's good work is gaining additional exposure through the Central Oregon Visitor's Association. View his Smith Rock State Park video and read his blog to learn more!

Connor Henzel is a recent UO graduate in environmental science, with a background in the digital arts. His projects (like the nature travel series "Day Trip!"), often combine these two fields. Studying abroad in the Galapagos Islands helped to spur an interest in the intersection between outdoor tourism and environmental issues. Hiking, camping, and kayaking across Central Oregon are some of his favorite outdoor activities. Connor called Redmond home for eight years before moving to Eugene for his degree.

Andy Vobora, Vice-President of Stakeholder Relations, Travel Lane County
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Connor Henzel, 541.279.0985,

Travel Lane County markets and promotes the Eugene, Cascades and Coast region as a destination for travel, conventions, sports, meetings and events. It serves as a private, nonprofit association dedicated to economic development through visitor spending, which pumped more than $633.1 million into Lane County, Oregon's economy in 2015.