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.
Registration Opens for Trail Volunteer Training
Two Sessions of Annual Skills College to be Held
BEND– Registration is currently open for volunteers interested in an annual training weekend focused on developing skills to perform trail maintenance on the Deschutes and Willamette National Forests.
Each year the Deschutes and Willamette National Forests, The Pacific Crest Trail Association, and the High Cascades Forest Volunteers host trainings, called Trail Skills Colleges, which train and certify volunteers to do trail work. The sessions are designed to train both new and returning volunteers and to allow them to meet other volunteers who work to provide quality recreation experiences for forest visitors. Learning trail stewardship will enhance your trail experience and help make the trails we enjoy better for all.
Class offerings include Chainsaw and Crosscut certification, Introduction to Trail Maintenance, Trail Design, Rock Retaining Walls, Managing a Trail Crew, Wilderness First Aid and CPR and many others.
The training is free of charge and volunteers may attend the full weekend or only portions of the training. Two location and date options are available:
For more information and to register for the trainings, visit:
For more information, please contact Joe Welke, Deschutes NF Trails Volunteer Coordinator, at 541-383-4040.
Please mark Thursday June 2, 2016 on your calendars for Outdoor Adventure Day! Where students learn everything from nature art to tree identification, this day is a combination of activities put together with help of the Deschutes National Forest, Forest cooperators and partners; High Desert Museum, Children’s Forest of Central Oregon, Discover Your Forest, Discover your NW, Deschutes and Klamath county Search and Rescue, Oregon Parks and Recreation, and Oregon Parks OHV, comprising 30 stations.
Our goal is to provide a quality educational opportunity about the outdoors and have fun! Last year’s event had nearly 800 students participating from grades K – 6th grade.
La Pine, OR– The Deschutes National Forest has partnered with the Klamath County and Bend-La Pine School District, High Desert Museum, Children’s Forest of Central Oregon, Discover Your Forest, Oregon State Parks and Recreation, and the Deschutes and Klamath County Sheriff’s Offices to host “Outdoor Adventure Day” for local grade school children on Thursday, June 2, 2016.
Approximately 800 school children in La Pine, Gilchrist, Crescent and surrounding homeschooling communities in Kindergarten through 5th grades will meet at the La Pine High School baseball fields for a fun and educational adventure. Archaeologists, wildlife biologists, firefighters, recreation specialists and others will staff 30 stations for children to visit and learn about fish, plants, cultural resources, animals, outdoor recreation and safety, art, water, recycling and fire.
“This is a day for kids to get outside and experience the joy and wonder of nature,” said Kathy Enna, event organizer and Fuels Specialist on the Crescent Ranger District. “It’s an opportunity to introduce them to new ideas—maybe career ideas—and engage them in fun, hands-on activities that they can do or experience in their backyards or the national forest.”
Outdoor Adventure Day will last from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl will be stopping by for a lunch time visit.
Kids are encouraged to be prepared for the weather with appropriate clothing and carry water with them.
Thursday, June 2, 2016
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
La Pine High School (baseball fields) 51633 Coach Rd, La Pine, OR
For more information please contact Kathy Enna, 541-433-3257.
On Friday, August 12th, 2016, Discover Your Forest will play host to hundreds of guests at our 2nd Annual Stars Over Newberry fundraiser. This year’s festivities will coincide with the height of the Perseid Meteor Showers; guests will get a one of a kind after-hours experience atop Lava Butte, one of Central Oregon’s most well-known volcanic features with breathtaking views of the valley and the night sky.More Info
Grab your winter adventure list and goggles to tune into a night of human-powered winter celebration at the 11th Annual Backcountry Film Festival. Mark your calendars for a screening at the Volcanic Theatre Pub in Bend on January 22nd, or at The Belfry in Sisters on January 30th. 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.More Info
Discover Your Forest and the Deschutes National Forests partners with land management agencies from all specialties to be out in the field with young ladies interested in learning more about a career in Natural Resources, sharing career expertise and pathways suggestions. Each young women gets to experience camping on the Forest while attending various workshops and participating in outdoor education and recreation experiences. Working together, building camaraderie, and forging friendships to last a lifetime.