CONNECT YOUR STUDENTS TO THE FOREST

From field trips to classroom programs and more, Discover Your Forest is committed to engaging your students with their public lands.

School Programs

We serve thousands of students through field trips on the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and Crooked River National Grassland.  Whether you want your students to explore geology at Newberry National Volcanic Monument or learn snow science at Mt Bachelor, we have programs that meet grade standards while making learning fun!

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Teacher Resources

We have gathered together the best in conservation education resources for your classroom.  Check out these links to activities, trainings and field trip financial assistance from our partners across the state and across the nation. We are committed to supporting all Central Oregon teachers and their classrooms and helping you take your lessons to the next level. 

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Upcoming Events and Programs

Dec
16
Sat
1:30 PM Snowshoe with a Ranger at Mt. Bachelor @ Mt. Bachelor Snowshoe Hut
Dec 16 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

snowshoewithrangerphoto

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.

Dec
17
Sun
10:00 AM Snowshoe with a Ranger at Mt. Bachelor @ Mt. Bachelor Snowshoe Hut
Dec 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

snowshoewithrangerphoto

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.

1:30 PM Snowshoe with a Ranger at Mt. Bachelor @ Mt. Bachelor Snowshoe Hut
Dec 17 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

snowshoewithrangerphoto

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.

All Events
5,000
Students on field trips to Newberry
160
Students Participating in Citizen Science
2,200
Participants in Project Snow
28,000
Student hours spent learning on our National Forest

Thank you for teaching us about parts of flowers and the forest. I learned a lot about pollinators like bees, ants, and flies.

Noah, 2nd Grader

Thank you for letting us go on this awesome field trip. My favorite part was looking at the 3 sisters. It was awesome that you guys taught me about how owls can hear a weasel 9 feet under ground

Matthew, 2nd Grader

Thank you for leading us through the Mt. Bachelor forest. My favorite part was when we saw the mountains up close.

Abril, 4th Grader

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