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

Tuesday Community Pint Night at Deschutes Brewery Public House @ Deschutes Brewery Public House
Jan 17 @ 11:00 am – 10:00 pm


Buy a Pint and support Central Oregon’s Forests!

We are excited to announce that Discover Your Forest has been selected to be Deschutes Brewery Public House’s Community Partner in January for their Tuesday, Community Pint Nights!  Every Tuesday in January, Deschutes Brewery will give Discover Your Forest $1 from every pint sold. Funds raised will go to support Discover Your Forest, along with our parent non-profit, Discover Your Northwest, connect visitors and volunteers with Central Oregon’s National Forests through great visitor services, accessible interpretive programs and engaging events.

DYF Staff will be there from 5:00 – 7:00 each Tuesday to share more about Discover Your Forest programs.

We’ll see you there every Tuesday in January!

Lunch & Learn: Lichens of the Deschutes National Forest/Mt. Bachelor @ Deschutes National Forest Ranger District Office
Jan 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
What: Lichens of the Deschutes National Forest/Mt. Bachelor
Where:  Aspen/Ponderosa Room
Who: Christina Ververka – Botanist, Deschutes National Forest – Crescent Ranger District
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Please RSVP to Karen Gentry at or 541-383-4471.
Snowshoe with a Ranger at Mt. Bachelor – 10:00 AM Tour @ Mt. Bachelor Snowshoe Hut
Jan 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

snowshoe-7Forest 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 19, 2016 visitors to the Mt. Bachelor Ski Area can go on a snowshoe tour with a ranger, then on January 7th, 2017 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 19, 2016 and run through Friday, March 31st, 2017. 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 7, 2017 and running through Friday, March 31st, 2017an 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.

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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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Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival

12 years of Winter Celebration


Grab your winter adventure list and goggles to tune into a night of human-powered winter celebration at the 12th Annual Backcountry Film Festival.  Mark your calendars for screenings on January 25th in Sisters and January 26th in Bend. 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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