Support connections to the outdoors for Central Oregon's youth
Discover Nature Festival
September 23, Riverbend Park, Bend
The Children’s Forest of Central Oregon is a network of partners that introduces and engages the children and families in Central Oregon to the wonder, science, and adventure of nature.
Plan a School Field Trip
The Children's Forest of Central Oregon is here to partner with teachers and schools to enhance learning through outdoor education. Learn about the 30+ outdoor education programs available in our region and the services the Children's Forest provides to break down barriers to outdoor learning.
Plan a Family Outing
Get your kids outside! Kids who play outside are smarter, happier, more attentive, and less anxious than kids who spend more time indoors. The Children's Forest of Central Oregon offers family nature programs that instill wonder and curiosity for the natural world, plus resources and tips for planning your own family outing.
About the Movement
The Children's Forest of Central Oregon is our region's most powerful alliance to get more youth outside. Our goal is to enhance the lives of all kids in Central Oregon by connecting them to nature. Learn about our partners, initiatives, and impact.
As the temperatures get colder, play time outside is often limited, increasing the likelihood of screen time indoors. However, its important that outdoor activities are a part of your family’s schedule regardless of the season. Why? Outdoor play boosts the immune system while al