Duck Nest

Duck Nest

A place to find your balance.

The Duck Nest is open for in-person services, as well as online programming.

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Join Our Team!

The Duck Nest is recruiting Peer Wellness Facilitators for the 2023–24 academic year. Applications close February 8, 2023, at 5:00 p.m.

Apply to be a Peer Wellness Facilitator

 

Promoting Self-Care and Balance

Physical, sexual, mental, and emotional well-being are important to student success. The Duck Nest seeks to assist you in developing self-care and life balance. Here, we connect you with resources within the UO community and beyond, focusing on strategies in the following eight dimensions of wellness.

 

 

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Manage Your Stress

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Take Care of your Body

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Learn from Other Students

Feeling Lonely and Isolated? Tap into Nod

As the world continues to cope with the challenges of COVID-19, we know that forming and maintaining social connections is more challenging than ever, and in spite of this fact, remains a core component of the student experience.

With that, the University of Oregon is proud to announce Nod, a research-backed app for students that taps into positive psychology and the science of social connections to help you build the friendships you want and need. Nod is not a social media app, but is all about helping you achieve your social goals in real life.

Download Nod on Your Mobile Device

Peers Helping Peers

Peer Wellness Facilitators are change agents in their communities, act as liaisons to campus wellness services, and create and implement student-driven wellness programs.

If you are craving social connection and want to chat with a friendly peer, check out Peer Wellness Chit Chats. Our Peer Wellness Facilitators are students who are trained in campus resources and college student wellness. Many people utilize Chit Chats to talk about feelings of loneliness, stress management, adjusting to college life, and so much more! You can drop by the Duck Nest during our open hours—no sign-up required! Chit Chats are not therapy, and we may connect you to Counseling Services or another resource as needed based on presenting concerns. If you or another student are experiencing a mental health crisis, please call Counseling Services' 24-hour hotline at 541-346-3227.

Our Peer Wellness Facilitators also offer one-on-one support services for the UO student community, including SNAP enrollment assistance, or simply time to check in about whatever is going on in your life.

Want to join us as a volunteer? Benefits of volunteering include:

  • Improved leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Skill development and career enhancement
  • Opportunity to make a difference in the health of UO students
  • Being involved in social justice and equity work

Want to know more? Email our current Peer Wellness Facilitators and learn how you can get involved.

Email Peer Wellness Facilitators

Grocery Shuttle

The Grocery Shuttle is a free transportation service sponsored by the Duck Nest Wellness Center in collaboration with Duck Rides. The Grocery Shuttle aims to increase food accessibility by providing weekly rides for students, staff, and faculty members to affordable grocery stores that are located farther away from campus. The shuttle will go to WinCo Foods on odd weeks of the term and Trader Joe’s on even weeks.

The shuttle will pick up participants by the EMU Amphitheater at 4:00 p.m. every Thursday, starting January 26 and running through March 16. Participants will have an hour to shop before being transported back to campus. Participants must reserve their spot on the Grocery Shuttle in advance. Sign-ups open the Friday before the shuttle date and close 48 hours before the shuttle date.

Reserve Your Spot on the Grocery Shuttle

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Jan 30
Bring on the Balance! (Winter 2023 Weeks 1-4)

Bring on the Balance! is designed to encourage UO students and faculty to engage in a diverse range of wellness activities and develop positive physical wellness habits....
January 9–30
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), EMU 041

Bring on the Balance! is designed to encourage UO students and faculty to engage in a diverse range of wellness activities and develop positive physical wellness habits. Participants will have weeks 1 through 4 of winter term to try to complete five in a row, four corners, or blackout on their bingo card. Those who sign up for Bring on the Balance! through the Google Form on their bingo card will have the opportunity to win a prize from a weekly raffle, including resistance bands, free Group X classes, and Duck Nest wellness items. Upon completion, they will be entered to win a series of grand prizes, including a Group X pass, Hydro Flasks, and resistance bands. Bingo cards are currently being distributed at the Duck Nest (EMU 041) and will soon be found at other student organizations. Visit bit.ly/botbalinfo and follow @uo_ducknest on Instagram for more updates!

Feb 2
Duck Nest x AEC Weekly Study Space 3:00 p.m.

Do you get easily distracted while studying? Is it helpful for you to have a quiet environment to study in, but not as quiet as the library? Do you want to explore the benefit of...
January 19–March 16
EMU Willow Room, Room 219

Do you get easily distracted while studying? Is it helpful for you to have a quiet environment to study in, but not as quiet as the library? Do you want to explore the benefit of fidget tools while studying? This study space might be especially helpful for you if you would like support with focus, accountability, and motivation.

The Duck Nest and the AEC will provide the space, facilitators, and some materials to help you start or complete your academic tasks!

Feb 2
Grocery Shuttle 4:00 p.m.

The Grocery Shuttle is a free ride service sponsored by Duck Nest and Duck Rides that brings UO students, faculty, and staff to affordable grocery stores every Thursday. Sign-up...
January 26–March 16
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Meet at Amphitheater

The Grocery Shuttle is a free ride service sponsored by Duck Nest and Duck Rides that brings UO students, faculty, and staff to affordable grocery stores every Thursday. Sign-up is required and will open at 4 pm the Friday before the shuttle date!

The Grocery Shuttle goes to WinCo Foods on odd weeks of the term and Trader Joe's on even weeks of the term starting Week 3.

What We Offer
  • Space to relax and de-stress
  • Workshops, presentations, and tabling events
  • One-on-one social connection
  • Sexual health resources
  • Cooking classes and food security resources
  • And more!

Duck Nest Winter Term Hours

  • 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
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Contact the Duck Nest
Erb Memorial Union, Room 041
(Ground level of the EMU)

Connect with Us

Does your group want to learn more about stress management, relaxation, nutrition, sexual health, or suicide prevention? Our team is working hard to make each of our workshops available on demand. Check back to see what’s available.

Request a Presentation or Tabling Event