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

Wilderness Pub: “The Future of Wilderness Management in Central Oregon” @ Father Luke's Room
May 1 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Journey North: Western Monarch and Pollinator Spring Migration Celebration @ Sisters Middle School
May 5 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Monarch butterfly is vulnerable. There were an estimated one billion North American Monarchs twenty years ago. Today there are about 33 million. But their decline is only part of this compelling story. The Western Monarch—our Monarch butterfly—has seen a much greater population decline; yet dedicated study on their dwindling numbers only began in 2012.

Why is this significant? Because their story is an indicator of total pollinator decline which means our entire food chain is in peril. Fortunately, citizen scientists are making a meaningful difference in helping experts understand the underlying problems. The key to developing a citizen scientist network is education. Students can and are becoming engaged citizen scientists. The study of pollinators like the Monarch butterfly can get kids excited about learning.

We’ve seen this at Sisters Middle School and we want to share our success with you. That’s why we urge you to attend our free Western Monarch and Pollinator Spring Migration Celebration on May 5, 2018. See below.

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Southern Oregon Monarch Advocates is hosting a pre-conference
round-table discussion where everyone may share their stories of success in helping Monarchs
and pollinators in their area.

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Main Conference includes the following program:
 Keynote speaker: Entomologist Dr. David James of Washington State University, founder of the Western
Monarch tagging and tracking program will bring us all up to date.
 Featured speaker: Robert Coffan, of Southern Oregon Monarch Advocates is part of a team that is currently performing the largest single monarch habitat restoration project in the western United States! As SOMA co-founder, Robert will share just why and how they are doing it.

 Special guest and MC: Sisters Middle School Special Education teacher Susie Werts, used Monarch butter-flies to enhance student reading and writing skills while rearing monarch caterpillars and releasing tagged Mon-arch butterflies. Teacher Werts some of what she has learned.

 Featured video: Journey’s Flight, The Video Storybook, produced by Angela Street. Angela captured the
essence of the book Journey’s Flight, written by Sisters Middle School students into a delightful short video
with music and student art.
Please join us and others throughout the Northwest who care about the plight of the monarch butterfly and all of our pollinators, as we come together to celebrate at our Spring Migration Celebration at Sisters Middle School on Saturday, May 5, 2018, from noon to 3 p.m.

Please email your questions and registration to Jean at

Fee Free Day- National Get Outdoors Day
Jun 9 all-day

The following federal agencies offer fee free days on National Get Outdoors Day:

  1. Bureau of Land Management
  2. Forest Service


Want to Help Your Forest?

Discover Your Forest is seeking volunteer Interpretive Rangers. To learn more about assisting with educational programs at Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Mt. Bachelor and other locations on the Forest, contact us via phone or email to connect with a wide array of volunteer opportunities.

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Become A Member Today

Get Great Perks While Supporting a Great Cause

You can show your support for the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forest and Crooked River National Grassland by becoming a member of Discover Your Forest.  Members receive great benefits like exclusive ranger-led snowshoe and hiking excursions, free lantern rentals at Lava River Cave and much more.  Even better, your membership funds go toward conservation and interpretive efforts on our local National Forests. These memberships make great gifts for the forest enthusiasts in your life!

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Wild & Scenic Rivers 50th Anniversary

Join the Central Oregon Celebration

2018 marks the 50 year anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act.Local Non-Profits are planning to make Central Oregon the number one location in America to celebrate this important anniversary. Imagine every Central Oregonian, coming together to raise awareness for a cause that is important to us all, our rivers.

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