Learn and Get Involved

You already love spending time in Central Oregon's National Forest, why not take it to the next level? Whether you sign up as a volunteer, attend a ranger talk or join as a member, you can go beyond just visiting and make an impact!

Volunteer

Central Oregon’s National Forests are home to a group of wonderful volunteers ­‑ men and women of all ages with a passionate interest in conservation, education and the rich environmental, cultural and geological history surrounding Central Oregon’s public lands. Join the dedicated people helping the Forest Service to protect our region’s most treasured places.

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We are proud to offer visitors a chance to support their Public Lands by purchasing items from our many Discover Your Forest stores.  Proceeds from your purchases in our stores support student education programs, interpretive programs, exhibits, publications and other services on the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests. Visit one of our retail locations to pick up passes, guides, maps and more!

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Events

Oct
28
Sat
Batacular! @ Deschutes National Forest, Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District Office
Oct 28 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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The Deschutes National Forest is partnering with Discover Your Forest to host “Batacular,” a day of fun bat activities for kids and adults from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 28th. Participants will learn about bats while enjoying themselves at various fun activity stations. Join forces with conservationists around the country during Bat Week, an annual event sponsored by the US Forest Service and others to raise awareness for bat conservation worldwide.

This family friendly event will be held at the Deschutes National Forest headquarters at 63095 Deschutes Market Road, Bend, OR 97701. The event is free, open to the public and Halloween costumes are welcomed, take a wike down the fashion “Batwalk” and win a prize for your costume!

Bat Week: Bat Week is an annual, international block of programs and media appearances designed to raise awareness for bat conservation worldwide. Bat Week is organized and supported by the US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Bat Conservation International, the Organization for Bat Conservation, The Save Lucy Campaign and Wildlife Acoustics. This year Bat Week will be held from October 24-31. For more information, visit www.batweek.org

Nov
9
Thu
THE GREATEST GOOD – A LECTURE SERIES: WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST LAURI TURNER @ OSU-Cascades Tykeson Hall Room 207
Nov 9 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
THE GREATEST GOOD – A LECTURE SERIES: WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST LAURI TURNER @ OSU-Cascades Tykeson Hall Room 207 | Bend | Oregon | United States

“The Greatest Good” Lecture Series at OSU-Cascades Focuses on Natural Resource Issues
BEND- The Deschutes National Forest, Discover Your Forest and OSU-Cascades are partnering to offer educational opportunities for OSU-Cascades Students and the public. A lecture series called “The Greatest Good” will feature presentations from land managers and specialists from the Deschutes National Forest on a variety of topics in natural resources.

The lecture Series begins October 2017 and will be held the second Thursday of each month through March of next year. Each lecture will take place at 4:00 p.m. in OSU-Cascade’s Tykeson Hall Room 207. All lectures are free and open to the public.

October 12 – Bend-Fort Rock District Ranger Kevin Larkin will discuss the ever-changing meanings we attribute to nature and wilderness and wilderness planning efforts underway on the Deschutes and Willamette National Forests.

November 9 – Wildlife Biologist Lauri Turner will talk about How Human Disturbance Impacts Wildlife from communication barriers to fragmentation and at times even death.

December 14 – Geologist Bart Wills will give a presentation briefly discussing the geology of Newberry, the 40-year geothermal history, the formation of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, some of the difficulties is producing geothermal power, and the most recent geothermal projects.

January 11 – Fisheries Biologist, Jason Wilcox, will provide an overview of current and future Aquatic Invasive Species management considerations on and around the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and the Crooked River National Grassland.

February 8 – Lisa Machnik, Recreation, Partnerships, Lands and Archaeology Staff Officer, will discuss the past, present and future of our Wild and Scenic Rivers as we celebrate 50 Years since the signing of the original legislation.

March 8th – Archaeologist Penni Borghi will present on early Inhabitants of Central Oregon and discoveries at Newberry Caldera and the complexities of archaeological sites in Central Oregon.

“The Greatest Good” is part of a quotation from the first Chief of the Forest Service, Gifford Pinchot, who believed in a utilitarian philosophy of forest management that included managing forests for “greatest good for the greatest number in the long run.”

For more information on the lecture series, please contact Rika Ayotte at 541-383-5572.

Dec
14
Thu
THE GREATEST GOOD – A LECTURE SERIES: GEOLOGIST BART WILLIS @ OSU-Cascades Tykeson Hall Room 207
Dec 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
THE GREATEST GOOD – A LECTURE SERIES: GEOLOGIST BART WILLIS @ OSU-Cascades Tykeson Hall Room 207 | Bend | Oregon | United States

“The Greatest Good” Lecture Series at OSU-Cascades Focuses on Natural Resource Issues
BEND- The Deschutes National Forest, Discover Your Forest and OSU-Cascades are partnering to offer educational opportunities for OSU-Cascades Students and the public. A lecture series called “The Greatest Good” will feature presentations from land managers and specialists from the Deschutes National Forest on a variety of topics in natural resources.

The lecture Series begins October 2017 and will be held the second Thursday of each month through March of next year. Each lecture will take place at 4:00 p.m. in OSU-Cascade’s Tykeson Hall Room 207. All lectures are free and open to the public.

October 12 – Bend-Fort Rock District Ranger Kevin Larkin will discuss the ever-changing meanings we attribute to nature and wilderness and wilderness planning efforts underway on the Deschutes and Willamette National Forests.

November 9 – Wildlife Biologist Lauri Turner will talk about How Human Disturbance Impacts Wildlife from communication barriers to fragmentation and at times even death.

December 14 – Geologist Bart Wills will give a presentation briefly discussing the geology of Newberry, the 40-year geothermal history, the formation of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, some of the difficulties is producing geothermal power, and the most recent geothermal projects.

January 11 – Fisheries Biologist, Jason Wilcox, will provide an overview of current and future Aquatic Invasive Species management considerations on and around the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and the Crooked River National Grassland.

February 8 – Lisa Machnik, Recreation, Partnerships, Lands and Archaeology Staff Officer, will discuss the past, present and future of our Wild and Scenic Rivers as we celebrate 50 Years since the signing of the original legislation.

March 8th – Archaeologist Penni Borghi will present on early Inhabitants of Central Oregon and discoveries at Newberry Caldera and the complexities of archaeological sites in Central Oregon.

“The Greatest Good” is part of a quotation from the first Chief of the Forest Service, Gifford Pinchot, who believed in a utilitarian philosophy of forest management that included managing forests for “greatest good for the greatest number in the long run.”

For more information on the lecture series, please contact Rika Ayotte at 541-383-5572.

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Newberry National Volcanic Monument is open, come experience the wonder of Central Oregon's Volcano! 
2937
Volunteers donating their time on Deschutes National Forest
53,186
Hours Volunteers dedicated to conserving our Forest
125+
Types of conservation specialty projects completed on Central Oregon's Forests
$1,223,657
of donated labor from volunteers on Deschutes National Forest.

Volunteering for Discover Your Forest is a fun and rewarding way to meet others and provide opportunities for children that otherwise would not have the chance to see what our forests have to offer them. There are a variety of activities to get involved in and the best part is that you get to choose which ones interest you.

Don W.

Sharing the forest and the monument with visitors is a total blast! You get to meet people from all over our country as well as from around the world!

Mark K.

We have volunteered at the Guard Station for 6 years and enjoy the location and meeting people. We first learned about the opportunity at the Station while on vacation in the area, and then enjoyed the great volunteer opportunities.

Bernard and Elaine N.

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