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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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CANCELLED – Snowshoe With a Ranger at Mt. Bachelor @ Mt. Bachlor
Mar 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Join a naturalist on a snowshoe tour at Mt. Bachelor! Learn about alpine environments and the natural features of the Cascade Range. Wear snow boots and warm winter clothing. Snowshoes will be provided. No previous experience is required.

Snowshoe tours are FREE, however, donations to support tours and other Discover Your Forest programs are greatly appreciated. Tour size is limited, so first come first served. Minimum age is 8 years old. Advanced reservations required for parties of 6 or more.

Tours run December 21st, 2019 through March 29th, 2020 on weekends, school breaks and holidays (except Christmas and New Years Day). They generally last about an hour and a half, and start at 10:00 AM and again at 1:30 PM. Tours begin at the US Forest Service snowshoe hut near Mt. Bachelor’s West Village Mountain Gateway building.

To register or for more information, contact Karen Gentry at (541)383-4771 or, or check out our website for a comprehensive list of our winter programming

CANCELLED – Ski or Snowboard With a Ranger @ Mt. Bachelor
Mar 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Join a naturalist for two groomed, intermediate runs to experience alpine environments and natural features of the Cascade Range! On this special tour of the mountain, you will learn about wildlife, geology, volcanology, flora, high altitude adaptations and more.  Due to the nature of this program, attendees must be 18+ and wearing a helmet. Meet the ranger at the top of Pine Marten at 12:00 PM for a tour lasting about 1 ½ hours.

Tours are free with a lift ticket for that day.  Drop ins are welcome, however if you have a group of 6 or more, we ask that you register ahead of time. Tour size is limited, first come first served. To register, or for more information please call Karen Gentry, Director of Education at (541)383-4771 or Check out our website to see a comprehensive calendar of our programming at

CANCELLED – Jr. Snow Ranger at Mt. Bachelor @ Mt. Bachelor
Mar 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Discover Your Forest and the Deschutes National Forest invite you to enjoy some fun family time in the forest as your kids become Junior Snow Rangers!

The Junior Snow Ranger events are designed for children to explore Central Oregon’s winter wonderland. Activities include snowshoeing, winter safety, exploring snowflakes, wildlife tracking, winter ecology, and the joy of winter fun.  The program mission is to inspire youth to embrace a life-long relationship with the winter environment, and to become stewards of the land.

These events will be held at the Mt. Bachelor West Village once a month on Sundays: January 19th, February 16th and March 29th, 2020 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM.  It is a family program, and adults are encouraged to play along with their kids. The curriculum is geared towards kids aged 7-13, however we have activities for younger siblings to enjoy as well.  Attendees can stay for an hour or for the entire time. The event is free, but donations are greatly appreciated to support Discover Your Forest conservation programs throughout the Deschutes National Forest.

To register, or for more information please call Karen Gentry, Director of Education at (541)383-4771 or Check out our website to see a comprehensive calendar of our programming at

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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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