Childrens' Forest of Central Oregon

Virtual Explorations

The partners of the Children’s Forest of Central Oregon are teaming up to offer Central Oregon Virtual Explorations, which is transforming field trips and outdoor learning into the virtual space.  Each month our partners will have 3-4 FREE programs available to teachers and students, that focus on different science standards, natural phenomena, and places in the community. 

Winter Programs

Seasonal Surprises: How Seasonal Changes Effect our Environment

The Children’s Forest of Central Oregon is offering a three part series focused on observing patterns in weather and animal behavior, and developing their naturalist skills through nature journaling. The program is for Kindergarteners and includes both live virtual instruction and supplemental activities. To learn more, email Amanda Odell at naturehoods@childrensforestco.org or fill out this interest form.

Project SNOW

Discover Your Forest has adapted their popular snowshoe field trip to a three part virtual program exploring snow’s impact on life and land in Central Oregon. The program is for 4th graders and includes both live virtual instruction and supplemental activities. To learn more and book a program visit their website.

Squirrels: Introduction to Field Investigations

High Desert Museum is offering a two part series focused on how scientists study habitat and make decisions about wildlife conservation. This program is for 2nd graders and includes both live virtual instruction and supplemental activities. To learn more, email Carolyn Nesbitt at cnesbitt@highdesertmuseum.org.

Invasive Species

The Environmental Center is offering a two part series focused on plant adaptations, invasive plants, and stewardship. This program is for 3rd graders from Title I schools and includes both live virtual instruction and supplemental activities. To learn more, email Geneva Mayall at geneva@envirocenter.org.

Healthy Stream Explorations

Upper Deschutes Watershed Council is offering a 1-3 part series focused on watersheds, riparian areas, and investigating stream health. This program is for 6th-8th graders and includes both live virtual instruction and supplemental activities. To learn more, email Alyssa Grove at agrove@restorethedeschutes.org

More opportunities coming this winter!

Want to support Children’s Forest partners in developing these programs?  We would love to partner with teachers through the design process.  The Children’s Forest has funds for project pay for teachers.  To learn more, contact katie@childrensforestco.org.


More Virtual Learning Resources

In addition to Virtual Explorations, there is a wide range of other resources available including

  • Recorded educational videos
  • Printable activities
  • Activities that get students exploring outside


Find these resources developed by Children’s Forest partners here.