Field Trip Planning
Recognizing that teachers often face many barriers to bringing classroom learning outdoors, the Children’s Forest of Central Oregon has developed a suite of resources, working to improve access for all students and add value to schools.
School Engagement Fund
Deschutes National Forest has partnered with High Desert Education Service District to set up a School Engagement Fund to support field trips to local public lands and outdoor sites and programs. Teachers from Bend-La Pine, Crook County, Redmond, Sisters, Madras, and Culver School Districts can apply for the following purposes:
1. Transportation fees (bus fees) for field experiences for students
2. Substitute fees associated with field experiences for students
Learn more and apply here.
High Desert Education Service District has leased historic Skyliner Lodge, on Deschutes National Forest, with the goal to use the facility for conservation, outdoor and natural resource education in addition to educational meetings. Any teacher in Central Oregon may reserve Skyliner Lodge at no charge. The lodge is located 8 miles west of Bend, holds 60-70 students, and has access to trails and Tumalo Creek. For more information about how to reserve the lodge, click here.
We highly encourage teachers that are planning field trips to ensure that ALL of their students, including those with disabilities, attend. All Children’s Forest of Central Oregon programs can be adapted for students with disabilities. In order to most effectively work with students with special needs, please communicate any necessary or helpful information to the program provider in advance.
Additionally, with 1 month’s advance notice, Bend Park and Recreation District may provide Therapeutic Recreation staff to provide individualized techniques and resources used to enhance program participation for students with disabilities. This service is intended to supplement assistance that school district aides provide. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Resource Co-op is a lending library for field equipment and educational tools. Any teacher in Central Oregon can check out the kits free of charge. To see a list of equipment available and reserve kits, click here.