Schedule a Tour - Discover Your Forest

Schedule a Tour

For More Information Contact:

The Education Team
Discover Your Forest
63095 Deschutes Market Road
Bend, OR 97701
O: 541-383-4771
dyf.scheduling@discovernw.org

Discover Your Forest Education Programs offers a variety of free curriculum-based programs within the Deschutes National Forest; locations include Mt. Bachelor and Newberry National Volcanic Monument.

VIRTUAL EXPLORATIONS WITH DISCOVER YOUR FOREST

The Conservation Education Team is offering a variety of Synchronous (live) and Asynchronous (pre-recorded/at-home) programs for students, youth & families. See the program descriptions below with links to register your class, homeschool students, or families. For general information, please email dyf.scheduling@discovernw.org, or see contact information for Conservation Educators in the descriptions below.

Project SNOW Virtual Explorations

Grade Level:
• Designed for 4th grade and recommended for 3rd-5th grade

Programs details:
• Theme: Snow’s Impact on Life & Land
• Essential Question: What is snow’s impact on life and land in Central Oregon?
• Enduring Understanding: Snow impacts people, plants & animals, as well as the land and waterways of Central Oregon.
• Main Topics (for 4th grade): Mt. Bachelor’s role in the Deschutes River Watershed, Snow’s Incredible Journey, & Water Conservation (If co-designing with teachers, other topics can be explored, such as winter plant & animal adaptations; geology of the High Cascades)
• Format*: A set of synchronous (live video meetings) & asynchronous (at-home) lessons & activities. *Students will need to have a device with internet & video meeting capabilities.

This is a virtual learning program modified from the in-person field trip, Project SNOW (Studying Nature Outside in Winter)

For more information: Please contact Becky Yaeger, Conservation Education Specialist at rebecca.yaeger@discovernw.org

Fees:
• All of our educational programs are FREE of charge and are scheduled on a first-come first-serve basis.

Register to participate in this program: Offered from December 2020 to March 2021.

To schedule a Project SNOW Virtual Exploration, please click the link below:

Jr. Snow Ranger

Audience:
• Families with children ages 7-12

Programs details:
• Topics: Preparing for cold & snowy weather; plant & animal adaptations in the winter; snow’s incredible journey
• Format*: Asynchronous (pre-recorded videos with at-home activity options) *Families will need to have a device with internet & video viewing capabilities.

This is a virtual program modified from the in-person Jr. Snow Ranger program offered by the Deschutes National Forest at the Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort.

For more information: Please contact Karen Gentry, Education Programs Director at karen.gentry@discovernw.org

Fees:
• All of our programs are FREE of charge and are scheduled on a first-come first-serve basis.

Register to participate in this program & receive a Virtual Jr. Snow Ranger Badge: Offered from January to March 2021.

To view the Jr. Snow Ranger Virtual Exploration programs & at-home activities, please click the links below:
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Volcano Quest

Grade Level:
• Designed for 2nd & 4th grade and recommended for 2nd-8th grade

Programs details:
• Theme: We live on an ever changing earth and Central Oregon is volcano country.
• Essential Question: How does the earth change over time, especially considering the High Cascade volcanoes?
• Enduring Understanding: The earth goes through periods of both stability and change, where changes can occur quickly and slowly such as volcanic eruptions that create new landforms, and weathering & erosion that modify landforms more slowly over time.
• Main Topics (for 2nd & 4th grade): Igneous rocks; types of eruptions; plate tectonics; volcanic monitoring; weathering, erosion, & deposition; types of volcanic landforms (If co-designing with teachers, other topics can be explored)
• Format*: A set of synchronous (live video meetings) & asynchronous (at-home) lessons & activities. *Students will need to have a device with internet & video meeting capabilities.
Volcano in the Classroom is also offered on a limited basis ( An alternative program for students who have returned to at-school learning)

This is a virtual learning program modified from the in-person field trip at Lava Lands Visitor Center in Newberry National Volcanic Monument.

For more information: Please contact Becky Yaeger, Conservation Education Specialist at rebecca.yaeger@discovernw.org

Fees:
• All of our educational programs are FREE of charge and are scheduled on a first-come first-serve basis.

Register to participate in this program: Offered from April to June 2021.

To schedule a Volcano Quest Virtual Exploration, please click the link below:
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Plants & Pollinators

Grade Level:
• Designed for 2nd grade and could be modified for 3rd-5th grade

Programs details:
Become familiar with native pollinators and the plants they pollinate.
Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
Understand the importance of pollinators to the ecosystem and agriculture.
Understand the fundamentals of plant reproduction.
Learn what actions are needed to protect and encourage the growth of pollinator populations.

• Main Topics (for 2nd grade): Basic plant reproduction, parts of a flower, identification of common animal and insect pollinators to Central Oregon, importance of pollinators as it relates to food production and security.
(If co-designing with teachers, other topics can be explored)
• Format*: A set of synchronous (live video meetings) & asynchronous (at-home) lessons & activities. *Students will need to have a device with internet & video meeting capabilities.

Alternative programs for students who have returned to at-school learning can be customized.

This is a virtual learning program modified from the in-person Plants & Pollinators field trip or on-school campus program.

For more information: Please contact Karen Gentry, Education Programs Director at karen.gentry@discovernw.org

Fees:
• All of our educational programs are FREE of charge and are scheduled on a first-come first-serve basis.

Register to participate in this program: Offered from May to June 2021.

To schedule a Plants & Pollinators Virtual Exploration, please click the link below:
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Lava Lands Visitors Center

Location:
• off of Highway 97; Exit 151/Cottonwood Rd. Directions to Lava Lands
• Lava Lands Visitor Center at Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Programs details:
• Ranger-guided program targeted for 2nd or 4th grade
• Field trip recommended for grades 2nd and up

At Lava Lands Visitors Center, students learn about volcanoes and their effect upon the physical, biological and cultural aspects of our world. Several education programs are offered to enhance your students’ outdoor education experience. Self-guided and Ranger-led tours are available. Rangers can provide interpretive talks on the geology, ecology and cultural heritage of Newberry National Volcanic Monument and take students on a guided hike to give students a close-up look at the volcanism that shaped the landscape around the Visitors Center. The Visitors Center offers interpretive information and visuals, as well as a movie to help students understand Newberry Volcano.

Ranger-guided Options available:
• Ranger Talk (15 minutes)
• Enrichment Activity (30 minutes)
• Trail of Molten Lands- Ranger led (60 -75 minutes)

Preparedness:
• The trails are very exposed (no tree cover), high temperatures
• Bring water, snacks, and lunch
• Wear protective clothing and sunscreen

Limitations:
• Ranger-guided programs are offered on select days between 9:30 AM and 2:30 PM. Self-guided tours may also be available.
• 75 people maximum per program (includes youth and adults)
• May 1 through September 30
• Maximum of 3 private vehicle waivers provided

Fees:
• All of our educational programs are FREE of charge and are scheduled on a first-come first-serve basis. Forest Service regulations does allow for school groups and other bona-fide educational institutes to obtain a waiver of Monument and Forest entrance fees, provided to scheduled groups.
• Visiting outside of the program time limitations will be charged the normal entrance fees ($25 per bus of 15 people or less, $100 per bus, $50 per bus of 25 people or less, $100 per bus of over 25 people, $5 per car)
• Groups larger than 75 must schedule separate program times
• Additional vehicles will be charged $5/car (Ed. vouchers are limited to a max. of 3 vehicles)

For schools with a restricted travel budget, there are a limited number of travel grants to assist with busing. In order to make a registration, be prepared to discuss your field trip objectives. You will need to provide a contact name, phone number, email, group size. Please email dyf.scheduling@discovernw.org for more information

Ranger-guided Tours: To schedule a Ranger-guided tour, please click the link below:

Self-guidedTours: To schedule a Self-guided tour, please click the link below:

Lava River Cave

Location:
• 1 mile from Lava Lands Visitors Center Directions to Lava River Cave
• off of Highway 97; Exit 151/Cottonwood Rd.
• Lava River Cave at Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Programs details:
• Field trip recommended for grades 3rd and up
• At teacher’s discretion, younger students may attend the field trip, but please be aware of safety and supervision issue for young students

Students will take a self-guided tour through a volcanic lava tube. Before entering the cave, a 15 minute Ranger Talk will be provided to help the students prepare and navigate the cave. During the Ranger Talk, there will be a brief discussion about White Nose Syndrome (WNS) and the protection of our bat species.

Preparedness:
• Cave is 1 mile in length
• Approximately 1.5 hours to hike the entire cave
• The average temperature is 42 degrees Fahrenheit
• Wear close-toed shoes and warm clothing
• PLEASE DO NOT wear shoes, clothing, or bring in gear that has been in any other cave or mine. This is to protect the bats from WNS
• Bring your own flashlights/headlamps
• Initial access descends 150 stairs, there are uneven surfaces throughout
• Prior to your visit, please inform your students, chaperones and staff about WNS and the cave restrictions on clothing and gear

Limitations:
• Programs held at 10:00 AM and 12:30 PM
• 75 people maximum per program
• May 1 through September 30
• Maximum of 3 private vehicle waivers provided

Fees:
• All of our educational programs are FREE of charge and are scheduled on a first-come first-serve basis. Forest Service regulations does allow for school groups and other bona-fide educational institutes to obtain a waiver of Monument and Forest entrance fees, provided to scheduled groups.
• Visiting outside of the program time limitations will be charged the normal entrance fees ($25 per bus of 15 people or less, $50 per bus of 25 people or less, $100 per bus of over 25 people, $5 per car)
• Groups larger than 75 must schedule separate program times
• Additional vehicles will be charged $5/car (Ed. vouchers provided to a maximum of 3 vehicles)
• $5 per lantern rental

White Nose Syndrome (WNS):
White Nose Syndrome is a new disease that has killed over 6 million hibernating bats in North America since 2006. This disease is caused by the fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans, which is often visible on the noses and skin of infected bats. The fungus thrives in cold temperatures of caves and mines. The disease acts as a skin irritant, causing infected bats to awaken from hibernation too often, prematurely burning up their fat and water reserves before emerging in the spring. Affected bats have been seen flying during the day, or found dead or dying outside caves during winter.

In the interest of preventing the spread of White-nose Syndrome to bats that reside in the Cave, we ask that you not wear or bring into the cave any clothing, shoes, or gear you have used in any other caves or mines.

For schools with a restricted travel budget, there are a limited number of travel grants to assist with busing. In order to make a registration, be prepared to discuss your field trip objectives. You will need to provide a contact name, phone number, email, and group size. Please email dyf.scheduling@discovernw.org for more information

Self-guided Tours: To schedule a tour, please click the link below:

Newberry Caldera

Location:
• 24 miles south of Lava Lands Visitors Center
• off of Highway 97; Paulina-East Lake Rd.
• Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Programs available:
Groups can self-guide around the many natural attractions of Newberry Caldera (Ranger led programs are not available at this time)
• Big Obsidian Flow hike
• Paulina Peak hike
• Paulina Falls hike
• Explore the Paulina Visitors Center and learn about the volcano through interpretive signage

Limitations:
• May 1 (weather dependent) through September 30
• Maximum of 3 private vehicle waivers provided

Fees:
• All of our educational programs are FREE of charge and are scheduled on a first-come first-serve basis. Forest Service regulations does allow for school groups and other bona-fide educational institutes to obtain a waiver of Monument and Forest entrance fees, provided to scheduled groups.
• Additional vehicles will be charged $5/car

For schools with a restricted travel budget, there are a limited number of travel grants to assist with busing. In order to make a registration, be prepared to discuss your field trip objectives. You will need to provide a contact name, phone number, email, group size. Please email dyf.scheduling@discovernw.org for more information

To schedule a tour, please email dyf.scheduling@discovernw.org

Project S.N.O.W. (Studying Nature Outside in Winter)

Location:
• At the U.S. Forest Service hut at Mt. Bachelor’s West Village

Programs details:
• Project SNOW program targeted for 4th grade
• Field trip recommended for 3rd-5th grade

Students learn to snowshoe and discover the winter environment at Mt. Bachelor. Students use field based and experiential approach in science inquiry to assess nivean environments; using snow tools, animal tracking and seasonal adaptation studies. Students address physical, life and earth science standards as well as winter safety and preparedness.

Preparedness:
• Snowshoe hike 1.25 mile in length
• Approximately 2 hours to snowshoe the entire route
• Typically below freezing temperatures (check weather reports that day)
• Wear warm boots, layered clothing, snow pants, winter coat, hat and gloves (If some youth need to borrow winter gear, please request this during the registration process)
• Snow depth can vary; expect uneven surfaces and snow terrain

Limitations:
• Programs held at 10:00 AM and 1:30 PM
• 2 classrooms per program
• Early January through late March (no field trips during last week of March for Oregon Spring Break)

Fees:
All of our educational programs are FREE of charge and are scheduled on a first-come first-serve basis. Forest Service regulations does allow for school groups and other bona-fide educational institutes to obtain a waiver of Monument and Forest entrance fees, provided to scheduled groups.

For schools with a restricted travel budget, there are a limited number of travel grants to assist with busing. In order to register, be prepared to discuss your field trip objectives. You will need to provide a contact name, phone number, email, and group size. Please email dyf.scheduling@discovernw.org for more information

To schedule a Project SNOW tour, please click the link below:

Teacher Resources

Our Commitment

We are committed to:
• Providing quality educational experiences related to the resources of Mt. Bachelor and Newberry National Volcanic Monument
• Ranger-led programs on the forest; however we also offer limited classroom programs
• Working closely with teacher and youth leaders to provide a learning experience that is best suited to your students
• Offering a greater understanding in the protection of natural and cultural resources in our country’s national forests

Teacher and Chaperones

Important Roles:

The role of both the teacher and the adult chaperone is a vital component to the success of this educational experience. Chaperones are an extension of the teaching staff and also need to be thoroughly prepared for this adventure. The role of the entire team is to ensure the students have a safe, fun, and educational experience.

Click the links below to download Word Documents:

Teacher Letter

Chaperone Letter

Parent Letter

Newberry National Volcanic Monument Resources

NNVM Field Trip Guide:
This NNVM Field Trip Guide is designed as a resource for teachers planning a trip to Newberry National Volcanic Monument. Since a staff member cannot provide assistance for your entire trip, this guide has been developed to provide a Teacher Checklist (of before, during, and after trip tasks), Student & Chaperone expectations, and to review important Safety Concerns.

NNVM Field Trip Guide

Supplemental Materials for the Trail of the Molten Land tour videos:
Discover Your Forest and the Deschutes National Forest Volunteer Rangers prefers to have student and youth groups come visit Lava Lands in person, but sometimes this isn’t always possible. There is a video series on YouTube for the Trail of the Molten Land tour, which can be used as an alternative to the guided hike that students would participate in during their in-person field trip. To get access to these videos, please email dyf.scheduling@discovernw.org to request the YouTube links. Make sure you download and share the Student Journal, which students can complete while they watch Stops 1 through Stop 6, and the At Home Activities packet which students can choose to do with their families after they watch each video.

Student Journal for the Trail of the Molten Land

At Home Activities for the Trail of the Molten Land

Volcanic Vista:
Newberry National Volcanic Monument’s annual newspaper and guide. Includes quick information about the monument and maps to help guide you.

Volcanic Vista

USGS Guide:
Provided by the US Geological Survey, this guide explains the geologic and volcanic importance/history of Newberry Volcano.

USGS Guide

Project S.N.O.W. Resources

Project SNOW Field Trip Guide:
This Project SNOW Field Trip Guide is designed as a resource for teachers planning a trip to Mt Bachelor’s Project S.N.O.W. program. Since a staff member cannot provide assistance for your entire trip, this guide has been developed to provide a Teacher Checklist (of before, during, and after trip tasks), Student & Chaperone expectations, and to review important Safety Concerns.

Project SNOW Field Trip Guide

Pre/Post Visit Workbook
Students will use this workbook to prepare for their visit to Mt Bachelor for a guided snowshoeing tour. This workbook will help students begin to formulate questions about the winter environment at Mt Bachelor and how to prepare themselves for this winter adventure! Please print this workbook out for students to work on before coming to your snowshoe tour. Students can refer back to this workbook after their tour to fill in any remaining questions:

Project SNOW Workbook

Every Kid in the Park

About:
President Barack Obama created Every Kid in a Park so fourth graders and their families could discover our wildlife, resources, and history for FREE!

To help engage and create our next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates, the White House, in partnership with the Federal Land Management agencies, launched the Every Kid in a Park initiative. The immediate goal is to provide an opportunity for each and every 4th grade student across the country to experience their federal public lands and waters in person throughout the 2017-2018 school year.

Who:
All 4th grade students!
*students can bring your family and friends with you for free

Participating Agencies:
-U.S. Bureau of Land Management
-U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
-National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
-National Park Service
-U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
-U.S. Forest Service
-U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

How it works:
-Show your pass to a ranger when you enter. If there is no ranger, leave it on the dashboard of your car.
-If you visit a site that charges entrance fees per person: The pass admits all children under the age of 16 and up to three adults for free.
-If you visit a site that charges vehicle fees: The pass admits all children under the age of 16 and all adults in up to one passenger vehicle. Commercial vehicles can’t use a pass to get in.
-If you arrive at a site on bicycle: The pass admits all children under the age of 16 and up to three adults on bicycles.
-The pass doesn’t cover things like camping, boats, and special tours. Also, some sites are managed by private operators. They may not honor the pass. Check with the site ahead of time to find out.
-The pass doesn’t cover fees for local, city, or state parks or recreation areas unless they say that they accept the pass.
-Paper passes can be exchanged for plastic passes at certain sites.

For more information or to get your pass, go to https://www.everykidinapark.gov/

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