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

Jan
21
Sun
Jr. Snow Ranger at Mt. Bachelor @ Mt. Bachelor
Jan 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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Discover Your Forest and Deschutes National Forest invite you to enjoy some family time in the Forest playing with your kids as they become Junior Snow Rangers.

From 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Sunday, January 21, February 18 and March 11, 2018, families can attend the Junior Snow Ranger event at Mt. Bachelor West Village.

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The Junior Snow Ranger event is designed for children to explore their 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.

It is a family program and adults are encouraged to play with their kids.  People 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 karen.gentry@discovernw.org.

Jan
27
Sat
10:00 AM Snowshoe with a Ranger at Mt. Bachelor @ Mt. Bachelor Snowshoe Hut
Jan 27 @ 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.

Outside In Snowshoe Hike @ Mt Bachelor
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Outside In Snowshoe Hike @ Mt Bachelor

Where:  US Forest Service snowshoe Hut near Mt. Bachelor’s West Village Mountain Gateway building.

We’re teaming up with our friends at Outside In to present a naturalist-led snowshoe tour at Mt. Bachelor.  Learn about alpine environments and the natural features of the Cascades.  Wear snow/waterproof boots, winter clothing, dress in layers.  Snowshoes will be provided.  No previous experience required.

Thanks and see you on the Mountain!

 

Register here for free!

 

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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