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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SHOP

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

May
3
Wed
Ochoco Natl Forest Volunteer Information Night @ Ochoco National Forest Office
May 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

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Join us for Ochoco National Forest and Discover Your Forest’s Volunteer Information Night

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Ochoco National Forest Office
3160 NE Third Street, Prineville, OR 97754

The Ochoco National Forest in partnership with Discover Your Forest is hosting a Volunteer Information Night on Wednesday, May 3rd to find volunteers interested in providing support for programs and projects in Botany, Range, Conservation Education, and more!

The Volunteer Information Night will be held on Wednesday, May 3rd, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ochoco National Forest, 3160 NE Third Street in Prineville. The event is focused on recruiting volunteers to help serve at various locations on the forest.

RSVP to Stacey Cochran, Discover Your Forest Community Engagement Director at 541-383-5530 or stacey.cochran@disocovernw.org

Jun
20
Tue
Young Women’s Natural Resources Career Camp
Jun 20 @ 8:00 am – Jun 22 @ 10:00 am

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Explore A Career in Natural Resources

Each year Discover Your Forest partners with the Deschutes National Forest to host an inspiring overnight workshop for young women interested in entering the field of Natural Resources. We partner with land management agencies from all specialties to be in the field with these special young ladies, 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.

Download Application Here

To learn more about this amazing program, please contact Karen Gentry, Education Program Director, at 541-383-4771 or karen.gentry@discovernw.org.

Jun
27
Tue
Young Women’s Natural Resources Career Camp @ Deschutes National Forest
Jun 27 @ 8:00 am – Jun 29 @ 8:00 am

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Explore A Career in Natural Resources

Each year Discover Your Forest partners with the Deschutes National Forest to host an inspiring overnight workshop for young women interested in entering the field of Natural Resources. We partner with land management agencies from all specialties to be in the field with these special young ladies, 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.

Download Application Here

To learn more about this amazing program, please contact Karen Gentry, Education Program Director, at 541-383-4771 or karen.gentry@discovernw.org.

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You Could Win!

Newberry National Volcanic Monument Video Contest - submit a short film about 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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