Childrens' Forest of Central Oregon

Family Programs

The Children’s Forest of Central Oregon is not specific to any one place; rather, it is a network of places and programs focused on moving youth along a continuum towards greater awareness, engagement and participation in the outdoors.

Thanks to the collective impact of the Children’s Forest of Central Oregon and its sponsors, there are many free events and programs throughout Central Oregon to connect youth of all ages- and their families- with nature. Below is a list of family programs offered by the Children’s Forest of Central Oregon network. Our  calendar has additional programs and events happening throughout Central Oregon.

  • Discover Nature Days

    Presented by the Children’s Forest of Central Oregon partners, Discover Nature Days are free family events throughout Central Oregon that connect children and families to the wonder of nature.  Events are held at community parks and feature unique nature-based themes that encourage exploration and play. For more information click here.
  • Discover Nature Festival

    Discover Nature Festival is offered in partnership with Bend Park and Recreation District and Deschutes National Forest. This FREE event will feature over 35 nature education, outdoor recreation, and health and wellness activities for families to enjoy. For more information click here.
  • Tiny Explores

     Tiny Explorers encourages new parents to kickstart a healthy life enjoying the outdoors by getting their little ones outdoors starting at a young age.  The program is targeted at new families with infants and toddlers, from birth to 3 years old. For more information click here.
  • Puddlestompers

    A special series just for ages 3-5 and family.  Spark a sense of wonder for nature through imaginative play, exploration, songs and stories. For more information click here.