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

Sep
30
Sat
Campout for Public Lands @ Newberry Group Camp
Sep 30 @ 9:00 am – Oct 1 @ 11:00 am

Celebrate National Public Lands Day with Discover Your Forest, 10 Barrel Brewing Co, and REI!

In celebration of National Public Lands Day, we invite you to join us for a grown-up campout like no other. Spend the night at the Newberry Group Campsite on beautiful Paulina Lake and take in everything our national public lands have to offer. Enjoy impeccable cuisine and craft beers by the head chefs and brewers at 10 Barrel Brewing Co.! Chill out lakeside or take part in a variety of outdoor activities provided by REI. Wind down with a live concert under the stars, and wake up with morning yoga and a hot breakfast. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate our amazing public lands and learn about how you can support them.

Oct
6
Fri
Lunch & Learn: The Geology of Newberry National Monument: Introducing New Educational Aids @ Deschutes National Forest Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District Office
Oct 6 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

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The Geology of Newberry National Monument: Introducing New Educational Aids
Friday, October 6 @11:30-1:00 
Bend-Fort Rock Office – Ponderosa/Aspen Room 

Please RSVP to Karen Gentry at Karen.gentry@discovernw.org 

See program details below 

Presented by:  Steve Goldberg

Steve Goldberg received a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Oregon, Department of Geology/Center for Volcanology, and served on the geology faculty at the University of North Carolina for more than a decade.  He specialized in the geochemistry and geochronology of igneous and metamorphic rocks.  Steve then entered government service, serving more than twenty years as administrator, manager, and chief scientist in nuclear counterterrorism and counterproliferation.

The Geology of Newberry National Monument: Introducing New Educational Aids

This presentation will introduce new slides and graphics intended to explain basic principles of geology and volcanology as they apply to Central Oregon, along with slides that explain the geology of the Newberry National Monument.  The presentation is estimated to last about 1.5 hours and is intended to help interpretive rangers, forest service staff, and others who will be explaining geological features to the public.  There will be ample opportunity to ask questions to a geologist, and take notes on specific features of interest.  The educational aids are small laminated posters that will be made available at Lava Butte and Paulina Visitor Centers, and the presentation will be in the form of projected Powerpoint slides.­

Oct
12
Thu
The Greatest Good – A Lecture Series: Bend-Fort Rock District Ranger Kevin Larkin @ OSU-Cascade’s Tykeson Hall Room 207
Oct 12 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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“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.

CAMPOUT FOR PUBLIC LANDS

Celebrate National Public Lands Day with Discover Your Forest, 10 Barrel Brewing Co, and REI!

September 30th - October 1st, we invite you to join us for a grown-up campout like no other. Spend the night at the Newberry Group Campsite on beautiful Paulina Lake and take in everything our national public lands have to offer.

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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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