Childrens' Forest of Central Oregon

Family Programs

The Children’s Forest of Central Oregon offers a variety of nature-based family programs for all ages.  These programs offer opportunities to learn and play as a family and explore the many incredible local parks and natural areas in our region.  Programs include a blend of educational activities, recreation, games, and arts and crafts.  For dates, locations, and details for all of our programs, visit our calendar.  All of our programs are free!


Tiny Explorers

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. This program is currently only offered in Bend. For more information click here.


A special program just for ages 3-5 and family, offered in communities across Central Oregon.  Spark a sense of wonder for nature through imaginative play, exploration, songs and stories.

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.  Targeted at children ages 5-10, events are held at community parks and feature unique nature-based themes that encourage exploration and play.

Discover Nature Festival

Offered in partnership with Bend Park and Recreation District and Deschutes National Forest each September, this FREE festival features over 35 nature education, outdoor recreation, and health and wellness activities for families to enjoy. For more information click here.

Other Programs

Check out these other organizations who offer nature-based family programs.

Bend Park and Recreation District

Deschutes Land Trust

Discover Your Forest

High Desert Museum

Latino Outdoors – Central Oregon

Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory

The Environmental Center

Wildheart Nature School