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

Fee Free Day- National Public Lands Day
Sep 22 all-day

The following federal agencies offer fee free days on National Public Lands Day:

  1. Bureau of Land Management
  2. Bureau of Reclamation
  3. Forest Service
  4. Fish and Wildlife Service
  5. National Park Service
  6. United States Army Corps of Engineers
Campout for Public Lands @ Newberry Group Campsite at Newberry Caldera
Sep 22 @ 1:00 pm – Sep 23 @ 12:00 pm


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 from 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. ALL TICKET SALES WILL GO TOWARDS SUPPORTING DISCOVER YOUR FOREST!

What’s Included?

Ticket price will include all of the following, and is all inclusive of your drinks, meals, and tent spot…

– 10 Barrel Basecamp featuring exclusive beers, and a party under the stars
– A top-notch swag bag with rad outdoor products including a custom insulated cup to keep your brews cold all weekend
– Water activities, hiking explorations and interactive games provided by REI, Inc.
– Public Land Stewarship Project with Discover Your Forest
– Live fireside concert
– Late night s’mores and tasty Sunday breakfast
. . . and much, much more!

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If my friend/spouse and I are sharing a tent, do we both need to purchase a ticket?
Yes! Each person attending the event must have a ticket to enter. Please make sure someone in your group brings the tent. Everyone needs a ticket, but only one tent per group is required. You decide how many people can comfortably fit in your tent.

Why do I have to buy a dog ticket?
We want your furry friend to have a great time so we created a special ticket just for them. All dogs at the event must have a dog ticket (with the exception of service animals) and each dog will recieve a custom doggie swag bag with gear and treats they will love! All dogs attending the event should be leashed while in common areas and no matter how friendly Fido is, make sure the or she is considerate of all other dog and human attendees.

How much space will I have to set up?
Each camp site will vary a little, but expect something approximately 10ft x 20ft. We request that you bring tents that can sleep between 2 and 6 people, but no more. Each camper ticket will be assigned to a camp space with their group upon arrival. Please coordinate with your party to designate who will bring the tent and who will be sleeping in the tent.

Are there ID requirements or an age to enter the event?
Yes, this is a 21 and over event. All campers will show ID at Check In.

What about food & drink?
10 Barrel Brewing Co will be providing you with drink tokens upon check in. The bar opens around noon and will close at midnight. 10 Barrel will be providing dinner options with vegetarian items available. Breakfast will be served in the morning. *(Event servers reserve the right to refuse beverage services to those who are overly intoxicated)

What are my parking options at the event?
Parking is available onsite, but there are very LIMITED parking spots. Please carpool if possible to ensure enough space for all guests.

Are there restrictions on what I can bring in?
Yes, a few items are prohibited for the safety of all campers . . .
– Glass
– Firearms or weapons of any kind
– Drugs or drug paraphernalia (including marijuana in any form)
– Explosives (including fireworks)
– Outside alcoholic beverages
– Personal coolers
– Shade canopies or pop-up tents

Will this event be held rain or shine?
Yes, please plan accordingly for weather. No refunds will be issued due to weather or scheduling conflicts.

10 am Lava Cast Forest Hikes @ Lava Cast Forest
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join us every Sunday for an interpretive hike and learn about how Lava Cast Forest received its name and more. When you arrive for the 10:00 AM tour, just meet the Rangers at the Lava Cast Forest Kiosk. Meet new people, learn, and have fun in this unique Central Oregon forest!

Stars Over Newberry

A Great Night Under the Stars for a Great Cause


On Friday, August 10th, 2018, Discover Your Forest will play host to hundreds of guests at our 4th 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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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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Wild & Scenic Rivers 50th Anniversary

Join the Central Oregon Celebration

2018 marks the 50 year anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act.Local Non-Profits are planning to make Central Oregon the number one location in America to celebrate this important anniversary. Imagine every Central Oregonian, coming together to raise awareness for a cause that is important to us all, our rivers.

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