Interpretive Programs

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Learn about your public lands by joining a Forest Service ranger on an interpretive program. Year round opportunities are available on either the slopes of Mt. Bachelor or in Newberry Caldera. Learn more and register for a program below.

Lava River Cave Tours

June 6 - September 5, 2024

Explore Oregon's longest lava tube during a guided interpretive hike. Explore Lava River Cave with a ranger to learn about how Lava River Cave formed and who calls it home! Tours are 90 minutes and are available on Thursday at 2:00 p.m.; except Fourth of July. Participants must be eight years or older and should dress appropriately for cold weather. Close toed shoes and a flashlight are required. Flashlights are available for a $5 rental fee.

two rangers at Mt Bachelor
Interpretive Rangers at Mt. Bachelor

Summer: Friday - Monday July 12th, 2024 - September 2nd, 2024
Winter: Saturday & Sunday December 21st 2024 - March 28th 2025

Enhance your ski, snowboard, or mountain bike day by interacting with a ranger! Roving interpretive rangers can be found riding the Pine Marten lift in winter & at Pine Marten Lodge during the summer. Ask a ranger about the history of Mt. Bachelor volcano or the diverse plants and animals who call Deschutes National Forest home. Participants must have their own lift ticket. No registration required; roving program.

Junior ranger badges for Newberry National Volcanic Monument
Junior Fire Ranger Festival

Friday July 12, 2024

Youth ages 6-12 can become a Deschutes National Forest Jr Ranger! Join Discover Your Forest and Deschutes National Forest Fire Prevention for our first annual Jr Fire Ranger Festival! Learn about the responsibilities of a ranger, Leave No Trace principles, fire ecology, biology and meet Smokey Bear! Jr Ranger Programs are offered in the summer and winter. Dates and times may vary.

Summer Programs at Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Learn about the explosive history of Newberry National Volcanic Monument during daily patio talks at Lava Lands Visitor Center. Interpretive rangers share Central Oregon's volcanic past during thirty minute patio talks; daily at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. No registration required.

ranger snowshoeing with a group in the snow
Snowshoe with a Ranger

December 16 - March 31, 2024

Learn about the geology, biology, and hydrology of Deschutes National Forest while snowshoeing along the Egan Cone during an interpretive snowshoe hike with a Forest Service ranger. Snowshoe tours are offered on weekends and during school breaks; except for Christmas and New Year’s Day. Tours start at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and last 90 minutes. Snowshoes are provided free of charge. No prior experience is needed. Participants must be eight years or older and should dress appropriately for cold weather.

More Information

Donations are suggested to support Discover Your Forest in providing educational programs and volunteer support to the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and the Crooked River National Grassland.

  • Tour size is limited to first-come, first-served without a reservation
  • Pets not allowed

Group Tours

Group tours for schools, youth, or other organizations may be scheduled.

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