Discover Nature Festival!

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Artwork by June Park

Discover Nature Festival is returning in 2023!  Discover Nature Festival celebrates the diversity of ways that we all connect with nature. The event will provide something for everyone, including nature arts and crafts, STEM activities, outdoor recreation, music, food, and more. Bring your family out to try a new outdoor activity, connect with amazing community organizations, and learn how we can all help take care of our environment and community. The event is made possible by 20+ community partners, including Bend Park and Recreation District and Deschutes National Forest.


Saturday, September 23
11 am-3 pm
NEW LOCATION:  Alpenglow Park, Bend
61049 SE 15th Street


Apply to host an activity or be a vendor here.


2023 Partners and Activities

  • Climbing wall with Bend Park ad Recreation District
  • Fire Truck and Fire Fighter Challenge with Deschutes National Forest
  • Introduction to Mountain Biking with Cog Wild/Cascadia Junior Cycling
  • Natural Dyes with Wildheart Nature School
  • Deschutes County Public Health
  • Watershed Exploration with Upper Deschutes Watershed Council
  • Who Lives Here? with Discover Your Forest
  • 10 Survival Essentials and Pine Cone Bird Feeders with Camp Fire Central Oregon
  • Monarch Butterfly Crafts and plants with Deschutes Land Trust
  • Fruit and Veggie Spin Wheel with OSU Extension
  • Art Activity with Juntos Aprendemos
  • Pop-up Poetry with Deschutes Public Library
  • Pedestrian Safety Activity with Commute Options
  • Wildflower Seed Bombs with Think Wild
  • Wander and Wonder in Nature with Oregon State Parks
  • Great Garbage Game with The Environmental Center
  • Night Sky Education with DarkSky Oregon
  • Games with Mosaic Medical
  • Nature Color Match with Family Resource Center
  • Craft and medication with Take Care with Autumn
  • Mud Kitchen and Nature Crafting with Bend Forest School
  • Bird of Prey and Nature Journaling with High Desert Museum
  • Leaf Rubbings and Magnet Fishing with the Oregon Department of Human Services
  • Wondery Art and Adventure School
  • Green Leadership Coalition
  • Vámonos Outside and Camp Chica
  • Treasure Hunt with Children’s Forest of Central Oregon
  • and more!


Food Vendors

  • Central Oregon Pupuseria
  • Acme Hot Dog Co.
  • The Sweet Retreat



There is limited parking at Alpenglow Park. We encourage families to use alternative forms of transportation.  Attendees can also park along Caldera Drive on the north end of Caldera’s campus.  

Thank you to our 2023 Sponsors!