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With so much to see and do on our public lands, you'll want to visit again and again.


Whether you are looking for a great outing with your family or seeking peace and solitude, the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and Crooked River National Grassland offer unparalelled encounters with Central Oregon’s natural beauty.  Take advantage of your Public Lands and connect to our region’s spectacular landscape.

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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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Wilderness Pub: “The Future of Wilderness Management in Central Oregon” @ Father Luke's Room
May 1 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Journey North: Western Monarch and Pollinator Spring Migration Celebration @ Sisters Middle School
May 5 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Monarch butterfly is vulnerable. There were an estimated one billion North American Monarchs twenty years ago. Today there are about 33 million. But their decline is only part of this compelling story. The Western Monarch—our Monarch butterfly—has seen a much greater population decline; yet dedicated study on their dwindling numbers only began in 2012.

Why is this significant? Because their story is an indicator of total pollinator decline which means our entire food chain is in peril. Fortunately, citizen scientists are making a meaningful difference in helping experts understand the underlying problems. The key to developing a citizen scientist network is education. Students can and are becoming engaged citizen scientists. The study of pollinators like the Monarch butterfly can get kids excited about learning.

We’ve seen this at Sisters Middle School and we want to share our success with you. That’s why we urge you to attend our free Western Monarch and Pollinator Spring Migration Celebration on May 5, 2018. See below.

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Southern Oregon Monarch Advocates is hosting a pre-conference
round-table discussion where everyone may share their stories of success in helping Monarchs
and pollinators in their area.

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Main Conference includes the following program:
 Keynote speaker: Entomologist Dr. David James of Washington State University, founder of the Western
Monarch tagging and tracking program will bring us all up to date.
 Featured speaker: Robert Coffan, of Southern Oregon Monarch Advocates is part of a team that is currently performing the largest single monarch habitat restoration project in the western United States! As SOMA co-founder, Robert will share just why and how they are doing it.

 Special guest and MC: Sisters Middle School Special Education teacher Susie Werts, used Monarch butter-flies to enhance student reading and writing skills while rearing monarch caterpillars and releasing tagged Mon-arch butterflies. Teacher Werts some of what she has learned.

 Featured video: Journey’s Flight, The Video Storybook, produced by Angela Street. Angela captured the
essence of the book Journey’s Flight, written by Sisters Middle School students into a delightful short video
with music and student art.
Please join us and others throughout the Northwest who care about the plight of the monarch butterfly and all of our pollinators, as we come together to celebrate at our Spring Migration Celebration at Sisters Middle School on Saturday, May 5, 2018, from noon to 3 p.m.

Please email your questions and registration to Jean at

Fee Free Day- National Get Outdoors Day
Jun 9 all-day

The following federal agencies offer fee free days on National Get Outdoors Day:

  1. Bureau of Land Management
  2. Forest Service
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Members of Discover Your Forest are part of a community of passionate outdoor enthusiasts. Membership gets you great benefits and supports a wonderful cause.
3 Million
Annual Visitors to the Deschutes National Forest
Visitors reached through Dicover Your Forest publications
Funds raised through Lava Butte shuttle service for conservation efforts
Miles of trail on the Deschutes National Forest

Any trip to Central Oregon needs to include an excursion into the Deschutes Nat’l Forest. Whatever the time of year there is always something to explore.

Ken M.

This is a huge State treasure and a must see for anyone visiting the area. You cannot absorb the grandeur in one trip.

Jim M.

I could spend all day here. There’s tons to look at, beautiful walks/hikes, great for picnicking with the family.

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