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.

Upcoming Events

Latest News

Now Hiring! Full-time NatureHoods Coordinator Position (AmeriCorps)

The Children’s Forest is seeking an individual who is passionate about connecting kids with the outdoors to serve as our NatureHoods Coordinator.  This position delivers programs for students and families […]

Now Hiring: Field Science Interns in Prineville

The Children’s Forest is seeking 3 high school students in Crook County for a new Field Science Internship.  The program will be offered from June-August 2022, with interns completing 100+ hours […]

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 […]

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 […]