Oregon State University is the third largest University in Oregon, with the most fiercely loyal fans for the sports team, the Oregon Beavers. Their primary rivals, the Oregon Ducks, reside just down the freeway and every year the two teams grapple in a highly anticipated match known as the Civil War. On the academic side, OSU is known for producing exemplary health care professionals, as well as consistently ranking amongst the nation's top research universities in the biological sciences. Annual enrollment hovers around 25,000 students studying on 400 acres of a scenic, state-of-the-art campus.
Da Vinci Days
The Da Vinci Days festival of Arts and Science is one of the largest and most exciting festivals in the state. With events all over Corvallis, the festival is carried out in the spirit of Leonardo Da Vinci, a leader in both the art and science worlds. Multiple stages showcase regional performers and lecturers, street performers amaze passersby, sidewalks become galleries, and kids cannot get enough of the hands-on exhibits. The premiere event of the festival is the Kinetic Sculpture Race, in which teams compete in a race of homemade oversized sculptures on wheels on land, through water, and on a mud course.
Corvallis is a regional leader in the area of enviornmental sterwardship and preservation, which is saying a lot for a state like Oregon. A shining example of this is the William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge. Located just outside of town, the refuge contains forest, prairie, wetland, and farm habitats hosting a litiny of animals, including the great blue heron, bald eagles, otters, and beavers. Open to the public, the area includes miles of hiking and biking paths in all types of habitats, allowing the chance for an up close encounter with these creatures.