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

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 […]

Children’s Forest Partners Connect with Summer Schools

This summer, Children’s Forest partners had the opportunity to connect with hundreds of students through district-sponsored summer schools.  After a school year when most field trips were on hold, and […]

Spring Break Camps in 2021

It feels as if we just said farewell to 2020 and celebrated the beginning of the new year, yet spring break is around the corner. Without anything planned, the long […]