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.

 

SCHEDULE A TOUR ON THE FOREST

Lava Lands Visitors Center

Location:
• off of Highway 97; Exit 151/Cottonwood Rd.
• Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Programs details:
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.

Programs available:
• Ranger Talk (15 minutes)
• Movie (15 minutes)
• Visitors Center exploration (30 minutes)
• Trail of Whispering Pines- self guided (30 minutes)
• Enrichment Activity (30 minutes)
• Trail of Molten Lands- Ranger led (60 minutes)

Preparedness:
• The trails are very exposed (no tree cover), high temperatures
• Bring water, snacks, and lunch
• Wear protective clothing and sunscreen
• Know before you go: read about how

Limitations:
• Programs held at 10:00 AM and 12:30 PM
• 75 people maximum per program
• May 1 through September 30 (weekends only in October)
• 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 ($100 per bus, $5 per car)
• Groups larger than 75 must schedule separate program times
• 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 click the link below:

Lava River Cave

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

Programs details:
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 42 degrees Fahrenheit
• Wear close-toed shoes and warm clothing
• PLEASE DO NOT wear anything you have worn in previous cave tours to protect bats from WNS
• Bring own flashlights/headlamps
• Initial access descends 150 stairs, uneven surfaces
• Prior to visit, please discuss with your students about WNS

Limitations:
• Programs held at 10:00 AM and 12:30 PM
• 75 people maximum per program
• May 1 through September 30 (weekends only in October)
• 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 ($100 per bus, $5 per car)
• Groups larger than 75 must schedule separate program times
• Additional vehicles will be charged $5/car
• $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 in caves and mines. The disease acts 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 or gear you have used in any other cave or Lava River Cave.

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 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 (weekends only in October)
• 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 click the link below:

Project S.N.O.W.

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

Programs details:
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
• 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
• January 3 through March 24

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 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 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

Teachers Guide:
This Teacher 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 give you some background information and ideas for activities during your visit.

NNVM Teachers Guide

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

Teachers Guide:
This Teacher 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 give you some background information and ideas for activities during your visit.

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 2015-2016 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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