Discover Nature Festival


Discover Nature Festival is an annual community event, presented by the Children’s Forest of Central Oregon.  The free event offers over 35 outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy!  Due to COVID-19, our 2020 and 2021 events have been cancelled.


We look forward to bringing this popular event back to Bend in 2022! If you are a business interested in sponsoring this event, contact


Check out what was offered at our 2019 event:

  • Gear Repair Station – The Gear Fix, Presenting Sponsor
  • Climbing Wall – Bend Park and Recreation District
  • Wild Side Play Area – Bend Park and Recreation District
  • Fire Fighter Challenge – Deschutes National Forest
  • Bat Cave – Deschutes National Forest
  • Every Kid Outdoors – Deschutes National Forest
  • Read with a Ranger – Deschutes National Forest
  • Stream Tables – Discover Your Forest and Deschutes National Forest
  • Bike Obstacle Course – Bend Endurance Academy
  • Fly Casting Practice – Deschutes Redbands Chapter
  • Story Walk – Discover Your Forest
  • Watery Wonders – Upper Deschutes Watershed Council
  • Skulls, Tracks, and Pelts – High Desert Museum
  • Nature Mandala – The Environmental Center
  • The 10 Essentials – Camp Fire Central Oregon
  • Composting Cornhole and Scavenger Hunt – Camp Tamarack
  • Got Bugs? – Oregon Parks and Recreation
  • Crosscut Saw Demonstration – Heart of Oregon Corps
  • Braintan Leather Demonstration – Wildheart Nature School
  • Milkweed Planting – Deschutes Land Trust
  • Birds of Bend – East Cascades Audubon Society
  • Slacklining – Tula Movement Arts
  • Health Snacks – OSU-Extension
  • Obstacle Course – Mosaic Medical
  • Solar Viewing – Sisters Astronomy Club
  • Mural Project – Children’s Forest of Central Oregon
  • Geocaching – Children’s Forest of Central Oregon


PLUS, the Tiny Explorers Zone with:

  • Butterfly Art – Children’s Forest of Central Oregon
  • Nature Crowns – Bend Forest School
  • Mini-Obstacle Course


Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Media Sponsor

Three Sisters Sponsor


Broken Top Sponsors

Tumalo Mountain Sponsors