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

CANCELLED – Snowshoe With a Ranger at Mt. Bachelor @ Mt. Bachlor
Mar 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Join a naturalist on a snowshoe tour at Mt. Bachelor! Learn about alpine environments and the natural features of the Cascade Range. Wear snow boots and warm winter clothing. Snowshoes will be provided. No previous experience is required.

Snowshoe tours are FREE, however, donations to support tours and other Discover Your Forest programs are greatly appreciated. Tour size is limited, so first come first served. Minimum age is 8 years old. Advanced reservations required for parties of 6 or more.

Tours run December 21st, 2019 through March 29th, 2020 on weekends, school breaks and holidays (except Christmas and New Years Day). They generally last about an hour and a half, and start at 10:00 AM and again at 1:30 PM. Tours begin at the US Forest Service snowshoe hut near Mt. Bachelor’s West Village Mountain Gateway building.

To register or for more information, contact Karen Gentry at (541)383-4771 or, or check out our website for a comprehensive list of our winter programming

CANCELLED – Ski or Snowboard With a Ranger @ Mt. Bachelor
Mar 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Join a naturalist for two groomed, intermediate runs to experience alpine environments and natural features of the Cascade Range! On this special tour of the mountain, you will learn about wildlife, geology, volcanology, flora, high altitude adaptations and more.  Due to the nature of this program, attendees must be 18+ and wearing a helmet. Meet the ranger at the top of Pine Marten at 12:00 PM for a tour lasting about 1 ½ hours.

Tours are free with a lift ticket for that day.  Drop ins are welcome, however if you have a group of 6 or more, we ask that you register ahead of time. Tour size is limited, first come first served. To register, or for more information please call Karen Gentry, Director of Education at (541)383-4771 or Check out our website to see a comprehensive calendar of our programming at

CANCELLED – Jr. Snow Ranger at Mt. Bachelor @ Mt. Bachelor
Mar 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Discover Your Forest and the Deschutes National Forest invite you to enjoy some fun family time in the forest as your kids become Junior Snow Rangers!

The Junior Snow Ranger events are designed for children to explore Central Oregon’s winter wonderland. Activities include snowshoeing, winter safety, exploring snowflakes, wildlife tracking, winter ecology, and the joy of winter fun.  The program mission is to inspire youth to embrace a life-long relationship with the winter environment, and to become stewards of the land.

These events will be held at the Mt. Bachelor West Village once a month on Sundays: January 19th, February 16th and March 29th, 2020 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM.  It is a family program, and adults are encouraged to play along with their kids. The curriculum is geared towards kids aged 7-13, however we have activities for younger siblings to enjoy as well.  Attendees can stay for an hour or for the entire time. The event is free, but donations are greatly appreciated to support Discover Your Forest conservation programs throughout the Deschutes National Forest.

To register, or for more information please call Karen Gentry, Director of Education at (541)383-4771 or Check out our website to see a comprehensive calendar of our programming at

Stars Over Newberry

A Great Night Under the Stars for a Great Cause


On Friday, August 9th, 2019, Discover Your Forest will play host to hundreds of guests at our 5th Annual Stars Over Newberry fundraiser.  The event will take place atop Lava Butte in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument and will feature stargazing with Worthy Garden Club and Sisters Astronomy Club, live music by Blackstrap Bluegrass, a silent auction, delicious Worthy Brewing beers, wine from Volcano Vineyards and creative bites by Wild Oregon Foods. 

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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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