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

Dec
14
Thu
THE GREATEST GOOD – A LECTURE SERIES: GEOLOGIST BART WILLIS @ OSU-Cascades Tykeson Hall Room 207
Dec 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
THE GREATEST GOOD – A LECTURE SERIES: GEOLOGIST BART WILLIS @ OSU-Cascades Tykeson Hall Room 207 | Bend | Oregon | United States

“The Greatest Good” Lecture Series at OSU-Cascades Focuses on Natural Resource Issues
BEND- The Deschutes National Forest, Discover Your Forest and OSU-Cascades are partnering to offer educational opportunities for OSU-Cascades Students and the public. A lecture series called “The Greatest Good” will feature presentations from land managers and specialists from the Deschutes National Forest on a variety of topics in natural resources.

The lecture Series begins October 2017 and will be held the second Thursday of each month through March of next year. Each lecture will take place at 4:00 p.m. in OSU-Cascade’s Tykeson Hall Room 207. All lectures are free and open to the public.

October 12 – Bend-Fort Rock District Ranger Kevin Larkin will discuss the ever-changing meanings we attribute to nature and wilderness and wilderness planning efforts underway on the Deschutes and Willamette National Forests.

November 9 – Wildlife Biologist Lauri Turner will talk about How Human Disturbance Impacts Wildlife from communication barriers to fragmentation and at times even death.

December 14 – Geologist Bart Wills will give a presentation briefly discussing the geology of Newberry, the 40-year geothermal history, the formation of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, some of the difficulties is producing geothermal power, and the most recent geothermal projects.

January 11 – Fisheries Biologist, Jason Wilcox, will provide an overview of current and future Aquatic Invasive Species management considerations on and around the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and the Crooked River National Grassland.

February 8 – Lisa Machnik, Recreation, Partnerships, Lands and Archaeology Staff Officer, will discuss the past, present and future of our Wild and Scenic Rivers as we celebrate 50 Years since the signing of the original legislation.

March 8th – Archaeologist Penni Borghi will present on early Inhabitants of Central Oregon and discoveries at Newberry Caldera and the complexities of archaeological sites in Central Oregon.

“The Greatest Good” is part of a quotation from the first Chief of the Forest Service, Gifford Pinchot, who believed in a utilitarian philosophy of forest management that included managing forests for “greatest good for the greatest number in the long run.”

For more information on the lecture series, please contact Rika Ayotte at 541-383-5572.

Dec
16
Sat
10:00 AM Snowshoe with a Ranger at Mt. Bachelor @ Mt. Bachelor Snowshoe Hut
Dec 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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Forest Service and volunteer rangers lead educational snowshoeing and ski tours

Discover Your Forest, in collaboration with the Deschutes National Forest and Mt. Bachelor Ski Area, will begin their annual interpretive snow tours in the next few weeks.

Beginning December 16, 2017 visitors to the Mt. Bachelor Ski Area can go on a snowshoe tour with a ranger, then on January 6th, 2018 visitors can ski or snowboard Mt. Bachelor slopes with a ranger, or chat with a roving ranger around Mt. Bachelor. All interpretive programs focus on the ecology, geology and wildlife of the Cascades.

Snow conditions permitting, snowshoe programs will start Saturday, December 16, 2017 and run through Saturday, March 31st, 2018. Interested participants will meet at the Forest Service snowshoeing hut located at Mt. Bachelor’s West Village at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on weekends and school break week days with the exception of Christmas and New Year’s Day. Tours last 90 minutes and snowshoes are provided for the tour. No prior experience is needed. Participants must be 8-10 years or older and should dress appropriately for cold weather.

On weekends beginning Saturday, January 6, 2017 and running through Saturday, March 31st, 2018, an interpretive ski and snowboard tour will be offered on Mt. Bachelor’s groomed runs. The tour, which lasts an hour, begins at the top of the Pine Marten lift (to be determined) at 2 p.m. Participants are responsible for having lift tickets and appropriate equipment, as well as, basic riding skills. In addition, skiers and snowboarders will find interpretive rangers roving between Outback and Sunrise Express lifts ready to answer questions.

While both programs are free, a donation of $5 is suggested to help non-profit Discover Your Forest continue to provide educational programing and volunteer support to the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and the Crooked River National Grassland.

Reservations are not required for individual participants. Group tours for schools, youth or other organizations may be scheduled for weekdays.

If you have any questions, please contact Karen Gentry, Discover Your Forest’s director of education at (541) 383-4771, Stacey Cochran, DYF’s Community Engagement Director or (541) 383-5530 or check the Snowshoe/Ski with a Ranger Hotline at (541) 383-4055 for up-to-date tour information.

1:30 PM Snowshoe with a Ranger at Mt. Bachelor @ Mt. Bachelor Snowshoe Hut
Dec 16 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

snowshoewithrangerphoto

Forest Service and volunteer rangers lead educational snowshoeing and ski tours

Discover Your Forest, in collaboration with the Deschutes National Forest and Mt. Bachelor Ski Area, will begin their annual interpretive snow tours in the next few weeks.

Beginning December 16, 2017 visitors to the Mt. Bachelor Ski Area can go on a snowshoe tour with a ranger, then on January 6th, 2018 visitors can ski or snowboard Mt. Bachelor slopes with a ranger, or chat with a roving ranger around Mt. Bachelor. All interpretive programs focus on the ecology, geology and wildlife of the Cascades.

Snow conditions permitting, snowshoe programs will start Saturday, December 16, 2017 and run through Saturday, March 31st, 2018. Interested participants will meet at the Forest Service snowshoeing hut located at Mt. Bachelor’s West Village at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on weekends and school break week days with the exception of Christmas and New Year’s Day. Tours last 90 minutes and snowshoes are provided for the tour. No prior experience is needed. Participants must be 8-10 years or older and should dress appropriately for cold weather.

On weekends beginning Saturday, January 6, 2017 and running through Saturday, March 31st, 2018, an interpretive ski and snowboard tour will be offered on Mt. Bachelor’s groomed runs. The tour, which lasts an hour, begins at the top of the Pine Marten lift (to be determined) at 2 p.m. Participants are responsible for having lift tickets and appropriate equipment, as well as, basic riding skills. In addition, skiers and snowboarders will find interpretive rangers roving between Outback and Sunrise Express lifts ready to answer questions.

While both programs are free, a donation of $5 is suggested to help non-profit Discover Your Forest continue to provide educational programing and volunteer support to the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and the Crooked River National Grassland.

Reservations are not required for individual participants. Group tours for schools, youth or other organizations may be scheduled for weekdays.

If you have any questions, please contact Karen Gentry, Discover Your Forest’s director of education at (541) 383-4771, Stacey Cochran, DYF’s Community Engagement Director or (541) 383-5530 or check the Snowshoe/Ski with a Ranger Hotline at (541) 383-4055 for up-to-date tour information.

 

Want to Help Your Forest?

Discover Your Forest is seeking volunteer Winter Interpretive Rangers. Attend our Volunteer Information Night on Thursday, October 12th, 2017 for information about assisting with educational programs at Mt. Bachelor and other locations on the Forest.  Or contact us via phone or email to connect with a wide array of volunteer opportunities.

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Become A Member Today

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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