Childrens' Forest of Central Oregon


Discover Nature Festival 2019

Presented by the Children’s Forest of Central Oregon, Discover Nature Festival offers over 30 outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy!  This free event will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 11am-3pm at Riverbend Park in Bend.  The event is presented in partnership with Bend Park and Recreation District and Deschutes National Forest.  A special thank you to the Gear Fix, our Presenting Sponsor, and Mix 100.7, our Media Sponsor!

This year’s activities include:

  • Gear Repair Station – The Gear Fix, Presenting Sponsor
  • Climbing Wall – Bend Park and Recreation District
  • Wild Side Play Area – Bend Park and Recreation District
  • Fire Fighter Challenge – Deschutes National Forest
  • Bat Cave – Deschutes National Forest
  • Every Kid Outdoors – Deschutes National Forest
  • Read with a Ranger – Deschutes National Forest
  • Stream Tables – Discover Your Forest and Deschutes National Forest
  • Bike Obstacle Course – Bend Endurance Academy
  • Fly Casting Practice – Deschutes Redbands Chapter
  • Story Walk – Discover Your Forest
  • Watery Wonders – Upper Deschutes Watershed Council
  • Skulls, Tracks, and Pelts – High Desert Museum
  • Nature Mandala – The Environmental Center
  • The 10 Essentials – Camp Fire Central Oregon
  • Composting Cornhole and Scavenger Hunt – Camp Tamarack
  • Got Bugs? – Oregon Parks and Recreation
  • Crosscut Saw Demonstration – Heart of Oregon Corps
  • Braintan Leather Demonstration – Wildheart Nature School
  • Milkweed Planting – Deschutes Land Trust
  • Birds of Bend – East Cascades Audubon Society
  • Slacklining – Tula Movement Arts
  • Health Snacks – OSU-Extension
  • Obstacle Course – Mosaic Medical
  • Solar Viewing – Sisters Astronomy Club
  • Mural Project – Children’s Forest of Central Oregon
  • Geocaching – Children’s Forest of Central Oregon


PLUS, the Tiny Explorers Zone with:

  • Butterfly Art – Children’s Forest of Central Oregon
  • Nature Crowns – Bend Forest School
  • Mini-Obstacle Course


Other Details:

  • $5 Raffle Tickets for sale for AWESOME outdoor gear and experiences including rafting trips, summer camp scholarships, High Desert Museum memberships, and much more!
  • Spanish Interpreters
  • Food carts

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Media Sponsor

Three Sisters Sponsor

 Broken Top Sponsors

Tumalo Mountain Sponsors