Discover Your Forest

Discover Your Forest is the proud non-profit partner of the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests: we are committed to connecting visitors and volunteers with Central Oregon's National Forests through great visitor services, accessible interpretive programs and engaging events.

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Upcoming Events

2016 Winter Volunteer Programs Information Night @ Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District Office
Sep 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm


The Deschutes National Forest in partnership with Discover Your Forest is hosting a Volunteer Information Night on Thursday, September 29th to find volunteers interested in providing support for programs at Mt Bachelor and other locations on the Forest.

Event will be held on Thursday, September 29th, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Deschutes National Forest, Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District, 63095 Deschutes Market Road, in Bend. The event is focused on recruiting volunteers to serve as winter interpretive rangers and winter conservation education rangers; however, people interested in other volunteer opportunities are welcomed to attend the event.

Volunteer Rangers will represent the U.S. Forest Service at Mt. Bachelor. Programs taking place this winter include: Ski with a FS Interpretive Ranger, Snowshoe with a FS Interpretive Ranger, our youth education based programs Project S.N.O.W and Jr. Snow Ranger. Duties include delivering mile long snowshoe tours or skiing blue ski runs while providing formal interpretive talks. Volunteers are provided uniforms and training and should be willing to wear appropriate gear and have the physical ability to ski two runs daily or snowshoe one mile twice daily.

For more information and to RSVP for the event, contact Stacey Cochran, Community Engagement Director, at or 541-383-5530.



America’s First Forest: Carl Schenck & the Asheville Experiment @ McMenamins Old St. Francis School
Sep 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Join Discover Your Forest and the Deschutes National Forest for a screening of America’s First Forest: Carl Schenck and the Asheville Experiment. The film tells the story of how Carl Schenck realized Frederick Law Olmsted’s vision of introducing forestry to America. It was on George Vanderbilt’s magnificent Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina that a 120,000-acre forest became America’s first scientifically managed forest. Here the nation’s first forestry school was founded, and the call for creating National Forests in the United States was inspired. Introduction by Jean Nelson Dean, Public Affairs Officer for the Deschutes National Forest.

Carl Schenck, a German forester, came to America in 1895 to manage the forests at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. He not only helped restore the land there, he established the country’s first forestry school and helped launch the American conservation movement.

The 1-hour documentary film is produced for the Forest History Society by Bonesteel Films.

5 p.m. doors, 6 p.m. movie | $5 per person at the door beginning at 5:30 p.m. | Minor with parent or guardian.

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Help the Deschutes & Ochoco National Forests and Crooked River National Grassland.

We invite you to take part in a survey about how you connect with the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and Crooked River National Grassland. The purpose of this survey is to gather information that can help guide future land management planning and decisions. Please note that this survey is optimized for desktop/laptop. Do not access the survey with a mobile phone.

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Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival

12 years of Winter Celebration


Grab your winter adventure list and goggles to tune into a night of human-powered winter celebration at the 12th Annual Backcountry Film Festival.  Mark your calendars for screenings this January. The Festival is co-hosted by the Boise-based Winter Wildlands Alliance and Discover Your Forest, the local non-profit partner of the Deschutes National Forest.

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