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

Mar
23
Sat
10:00 AM Snowshoe with a Ranger at Mt. Bachelor @ Mt. Bachelor Snowshoe Hut
Mar 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Snowshoe Tour 4

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 22, 2018 visitors to the Mt. Bachelor Ski Area can go on a snowshoe tour with a ranger, then on January 5th, 2019 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.

On weekends beginning Saturday, January 5, 2019 and running through Sunday, March 31, 2019 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 at 2 PM. 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.

Snow conditions permitting, snowshoe programs will start Saturday, December 22, 2018 and run through Sunday, March 31, 2019. Interested participants will meet at the Forest Service snowshoeing hut located at Mt. Bachelor’s West Village at 10 AM and 1:30 PM 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 10 years or older and should dress appropriately for cold weather.

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, DYF’s Volunteer and Education Program Director at (541) 383-4771, Stacey Cochran, DYF’s Community Engagement Director (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
Mar 23 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Snowshoe Tour 4

 

Forest Service and volunteer rangers lead educational snowshoeing and ski tour

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 22, 2018 visitors to the Mt. Bachelor Ski Area can go on a snowshoe tour with a ranger, then on January 5th, 2019 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.

On weekends beginning Saturday, January 5, 2019 and running through Sunday, March 31, 2019 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 at 2 PM. 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.

Snow conditions permitting, snowshoe programs will start Saturday, December 22, 2018 and run through Sunday, March 31, 2019. Interested participants will meet at the Forest Service snowshoeing hut located at Mt. Bachelor’s West Village at 10 AM and 1:30 PM 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 10 years or older and should dress appropriately for cold weather.

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, DYF’s Volunteer and Education Program Director at (541) 383-4771, Stacey Cochran, DYF’s Community Engagement Director (541) 383-5530, or check the Snowshoe/Ski with a Ranger Hotline at (541) 383-4055 for up-to-date tour information.

 

2:00 PM Ski with a Ranger at Mt. Bachelor @ Top of Pine Martin Lift at Mt. Bachelor
Mar 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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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 22, 2018 visitors to the Mt. Bachelor Ski Area can go on a snowshoe tour with a ranger, then on January 5th, 2019 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.

On weekends beginning Saturday, January 5, 2019 and running through Sunday, March 31, 2019 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 at 2 PM. 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.

Snow conditions permitting, snowshoe programs will start Saturday, December 22, 2018 and run through Sunday, March 31, 2019. Interested participants will meet at the Forest Service snowshoeing hut located at Mt. Bachelor’s West Village at 10 AM and 1:30 PM 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 10 years or older and should dress appropriately for cold weather.

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, DYF’s Volunteer and Education Program Director at (541) 383-4771, Stacey Cochran, DYF’s Community Engagement Director (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 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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Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival

15 years of Winter Celebration

 

Grab your winter adventure list and goggles to tune into a night of human-powered winter celebration at the 15th Annual Backcountry Film Festival.  Tickets go on sale January 1st! 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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