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

Dec
13
Thu
Greatest Good Lecture Series @ OSU - Cascades Obsidian Hall
Dec 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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“The Greatest Good” Lecture Series at OSU-Cascades Focuses on Natural Resource Issues
Deschutes National Forest scientists to present on a variety of topics

BEND– The Deschutes National Forest, Discover Your Forest and OSU-Cascades are partnering for a second year 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 November 2018 and will be held the second Thursday of each month through April of next year. Each lecture will take place at 5:00 p.m. in OSU-Cascade’s Obsidian Hall. All lectures are free and open to the public.  Parking at OSU Cascades is free after 5 PM.

November 8 – The Historical Restoration of the Odd Fellows Cabins by Scott McBride Manager, Newberry National Volcanic Monument

December 13 – National Trails Act: 50 Years of Exploring Public Lands by Dennis Benson, Recreation Program Manager

January 10 –The Evolution of Fire Use by Katie Hetts, Sub-Regional Fire Analyst

February 14 – Empowering Central Oregon Youth through Public Service by Bill Kujawa, Recreation Crew Leader

March 14 – Native Seed for Landscape Restoration by Kayla Herriman Manager, Region 6 Seed Extractory

April 11 – From Hoses to Hotshots–Redmond Air Center’s Role in Wildland Fire Suppression by Maurice Evans, Manager, Redmond Air Center

“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 rika.ayotte@discovernw.org

Dec
22
Sat
10:00 AM Snowshoe with a Ranger at Mt. Bachelor @ Mt. Bachelor Snowshoe Hut
Dec 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Snowshoe Tour 4

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 22, 2018 visitors to the Mt. Bachelor Ski Area can go on a snowshoe tour with a ranger, then on January 5th, 2019 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.

On weekends beginning Saturday, January 5, 2019 and running through Sunday, March 31, 2019 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 at 2 PM. 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.

Snow conditions permitting, snowshoe programs will start Saturday, December 22, 2018 and run through Sunday, March 31, 2019. Interested participants will meet at the Forest Service snowshoeing hut located at Mt. Bachelor’s West Village at 10 AM and 1:30 PM 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 10 years or older and should dress appropriately for cold weather.

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, DYF’s Volunteer and Education Program Director at (541) 383-4771, Stacey Cochran, DYF’s Community Engagement Director (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 22 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Snowshoe Tour 4

Forest Service and volunteer rangers lead educational snowshoeing and ski tour

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 22, 2018 visitors to the Mt. Bachelor Ski Area can go on a snowshoe tour with a ranger, then on January 5th, 2019 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.

On weekends beginning Saturday, January 5, 2019 and running through Sunday, March 31, 2019 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 at 2 PM. 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.

Snow conditions permitting, snowshoe programs will start Saturday, December 22, 2018 and run through Sunday, March 31, 2019. Interested participants will meet at the Forest Service snowshoeing hut located at Mt. Bachelor’s West Village at 10 AM and 1:30 PM 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 10 years or older and should dress appropriately for cold weather.

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, DYF’s Volunteer and Education Program Director at (541) 383-4771, Stacey Cochran, DYF’s Community Engagement Director (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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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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