Only in Bend…

An Inspired Approach To Advanced Placement Training…

August 6-9, 2019

The AP® Institute of the Cascades prides itself not only in providing an excellent learning environment for educators seeking AP training –

but also by providing a cultural and recreational experience for participants to connect with peers from across the country and explore the best of what sun-filled Central Oregon has to offer.

We sincerely believe…

Environment plays a significant role in the learning process – so we’ve made a special effort to create an intentional and exceptional learning environment – both in and out of the classroom – to keep you motivated, refreshed and inspired.

In collaboration with City of Bend, the AP Institute of the Cascades is proud to present a special itinerary of curated outdoor and cultural activities and events that you can explore on your own or by joining one of our FREE guided group adventures.

You deserve an experience…

We encourage each participant to book at least one extra day before and/or after the training (Aug. 5 and 10) to take advantage one of our FREE guided group adventures to experience the best of what Bend has to offer.

We’ve organized these extra-curricular activities with the goal of creating an enriching and inspiring learning environment.

Please note all activities are optional and organized as an additional courtesy for seminar participant’s. Some activities require extra fees as noted.

An abundance of adventure…

At 4 p.m. each day class ends… and you will be free to explore Bend!

Even if you can’t join us for the additional days of Aug 5 or 10 — all participants will have an opportunity to enjoy a variety of group or independent activities that can be explored each day after the training.

Evening meals are not included in the registration price, but we have selected a local restaurant each evening as a meeting place for attendees to connect with peers from around the country, instructors and AP Institute representatives.

Inspiring classrooms for optimal learning…

The 2019 AP Institute of the Cascades training takes place at the recently opened Oregon State University-Cascades campus in downtown Bend.

The award-winning, state-of-the-art class rooms offer comfort, elegance and inspiration for an optimal learning environment.

Offering all the classes you want…

Whether you are seeking to begin teaching AP courses or are already teaching and want to expand your skills, we offer a unique summer learning experience that includes more than 30 hours of subject-specific professional development for teachers looking to expand into AP courses.

  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Physics 1: Algebra Based
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture
  • AP US Government and Politics
  • AP US History
  • AP World History

We’ve made it even more affordable…

Before April 29: $700 EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!
Before July 14: $750
After July 14: $800
Lab fees: Science: $75 Science Courses Only)


We have included a healthy breakfast and lunch into your registration price for each day of the training.


We have also included a FREE Group Guided Adventure each day of the experience – as well as special activities on the days before (Aug 5) and after (Aug. 10) the training – so you can connect with peers from around the country while exploring the “Best Of” central Oregon.

How to Get Here

Getting to Bend is easy – with direct flights from major hubs including: Denver, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle, and Chicago.

Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM), located 20 minutes from downtown Bend, is served by four airlines: American, Alaska, Delta, United & United Express.

Now with over 28 daily flights and on-site car rentals from Alamo, Enterprise, National, Hertz, Budget & Zip Car, a trip to Bend is more affordable and practical than ever.

The AP Institute trainings will take place at the Oregon State University Cascades campus, which is located in downtown Bend.

We recommend you seek hotel accommodations close to the campus for your own convenience.

For more information on traveling to Bend:

Life’s just different in Bend…

Bend Oregon is the hidden gem of the Pacific Northwest. It’s an outdoor sporting mecca and mountain town of 94,000 residents, offering world-class rock climbing, mountain biking, SUP, river rafting, hiking and more.

Surrounded by 7 volcanic mountains, some reaching over 11,000 feet, locals and visitors alike enjoy views of snow-covered peaks all summer long, from downtown streets and parks.

In fact, Outside Magazine voted Bend into their 2014 “50 Trips of a Lifetime” Travel Awards.

Perhaps more importantly, Bend has the highest micro-breweries per capita in the nation, earning the title of ‘Beer City USA.’

In fact, there is one brewery for every 3,636 people in Bend. We invite you to visit a few.

With so many world-class activities to explore, it’s easy to see why people would choose Central Oregon as the location for their AP training.

With flights from major hubs (Denver, Chicago, LA, NYC) directly into Redmond (RDM), a trip to Bend is more practical and affordable than ever.

We hope you will join us to experience the magic of central Oregon for yourself!

As you might imagine…

Spaces are limited for our FREE guided tours and activities and offered on a first-come-first-serve basis… so we encourage you to reserve your spot today!

We invite you to join us!

The AP Institute of the Cascades provides educators from around the world with the training required to develop and expand their High School Advanced Placement programs.

Located in the vacation mountain town of Bend Oregon, the AP Institute of the Cascades has become popular due to the inspiring outdoor beauty and world-class recreational activities that Central Oregon has to offer.

Expanding the classroom…

The AP Institute of the Cascades is proud to present this list of highlight activities to experience in Central Oregon.

We hope you will join us for one of our FREE guided tours on Aug 5 or 10 or during the week.

Additional fees for equipment rentals, entrances etc. may apply as noted.

You must book all Independent Adventures yourself.

Training Day Activities: August 6 – 9

Guided Group Adventure (FREE): Discover Bend – Cultural Tour
Guided Group Adventure (FREE): Tumalo Falls Hike
Independent Adventure: Deschutes River Float
Independent Adventure: Sunset at Pilot Butte
Independent Adventure: Alpaca Farm + Smith Rock Sunset

Extension Days Activities: August 5 & 10

Guided Group Adventure (FREE): Smith Rock Day Hike
Guided Group Adventure ($15): Deschutes River Float
Independent Adventure: High Desert Museum + Newberry Volcanic Monument
Independent Adventure: Crater Lake (It’s America’s Deepest Lake – 2 hour drive RT)
Independent Adventure: Belknap Hot Springs & Gardens
Independent Adventure: White Water Rafting
Independent Adventure: Mountain Bike Park at Mt. Bachelor
Independent Adventure: Golf Sun River

Guided Group Adventures

Iconic Deschutes River Float

Join us for a guided river adventure on the iconic Deschutes River and experience the Bend that locals know.

Cost for inner tube rental, life vests and transportation is $15.

You can also choose to rent a stand-up paddle board or kayak – or even boogie board to try out in the Whitewater park.

Tumalo Falls Hike

For those who can’t make our Smith Rock hike on August 5th or 10th, we invite you to join one of our free guided hikes to Tumalo Falls – taking place each day after the training.

This moderate 1-2 hour hike is suitable for most fitness levels – and it boasts a 97-foot waterfall that is a favorite photo spot even for Bend locals.

Hike Smith Rock (Aug 5 + 10 only)

For those who can spend extra days in Bend on August 5th or 10th, the AP of the Cascades is hosting a free guided hike at world-famous Smith Rock.

Classified as one of Oregon’s 7 Natural Wonders, Smith Rock draws climbers from across the globe to tackle its sheer spires and unique cliffs.

In addition to technical rock climbing, Smith Rock also offers a moderately challenging 2.5-hour hike, suitable for most fitness levels, providing spectacular views of snow-covered Mt. Hood, the “Monkey Face” rock spire, and the breath-taking Crooked River Valley.

Covering 623 acres, Smith Rock State Park is home to bald and golden eagles, river otter, beaver and deer — and was the traditional homeland of several Native American groups, including the Tenino (Warm Springs) and Northern Paiute people.

Parking permits cost $5 Park entrance is free.

Independent Adventures

We invite you to explore one of the following experiences that are highlights unique to Central Oregon.

High Desert Museum + Lava Tunnels at Newberry Volcanic Monument

The High Desert Museum is consistently rated one of the top Central Oregon attraction by Trip Advisor.

Located on 135 acres of pristine pine forest and more than 100,000 square feet of exhibition space, the Museum is a must-see for visitors and locals alike.

Cost: $17 admission

Afterwards, hike the lava fields and explore the underground lava tunnels at Newberry National Volcanic Monument.