The mission of the Children’s Forest of Central Oregon is to unite our community to inspire lifelong connections to nature for each child.

We focus strongly on equity and inclusion, helping to connect underrepresented communities to impactful experiences in nature.  We recognize that not all kids have equal access to the outdoors, and not everyone feels safe and welcome in outdoor spaces.  We believe that the health and wellbeing of children, families, and communities improves when all people connect to the outdoors.

We are a network


The Children’s Forest believes that we are more powerful when we work together as a community.  The 28 organizations that make up the Children’s Forest all  have the same goal:  to improve health and learning for all children in Central Oregon by getting them outside.  Learn more about our amazing partners and how you can get involved.

Planting Seeds for Families

Planting Seeds for Families

The Children’s Forest knows that connections to nature start with families. When your kids spend time outside, they grow smarter, happier, healthier, more attentive, and less anxious. The Children’s Forest is here to connect you with fun and simple ways to enjoy nature with your kids.  Learn more here.

Forging Trails for Teachers

Forging Trails for Teachers

The Children’s Forest partners with teachers and schools to enhance learning through outdoor education, giving students a learning experience that textbooks can’t provide.  Learn about outdoor education programs, field trip funding, and other resources here.

Latest News

POSTPONED! Winter Wonders

Due to the wind advisory, the Winter Wonders family program will now be held on Sunday, December 12 from 10:00 am-1:00 pm. Learn more about the event here:

Growing Student Naturalists through the NatureHoods Program

by Izzy Mize, NatureHoods Coordinator   NatureHoods is an early childhood nature education program put on by the Children’s Forest of Central Oregon.  I’m Izzy Mize, and am serving an […]

Green Gifts that Get Kids Outside

There are so many wonderful holiday traditions!  From building snow shelters, to hunting for that perfect (or not-so-perfect) Christmas tree, to snuggling inside with some hot chocolate and watching movies, […]

Youth Engagement Project Highlights and Video

Central Oregon community agencies say YES to outdoor programs for kids Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests team up with Children’s Forest of Central Oregon and 10 local agencies to engage […]

Now Hiring! Vámonos Outside Program Coordinator

The Children’s Forest is seeking applicants for the Vámonos Outside Program Coordinator.  This position brings the mission of Vámonos Outside to life – connecting, engaging & inspiring our Latinx families […]

Highlights from Discover the Outdoors Camp

  Bend Park and Recreation District is wrapping up their 4th year of the Discover the Outdoors Camp aka Aventuras al Aire Libre.  This summer, the program reached 79 participants […]

U.S. Forest Service Hiring Workshop

Do you love the outdoors?  Come work for the U.S. Forest Service.  The Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and partners are offering a series of Hiring Workshops to help support […]

YES RFP: Open for Applications!

The Children’s Forest of Central Oregon invites local organizations to apply to host projects that connect underrepresented populations to the outdoors. We recognize that not all kids have equal access […]