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.


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.


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.


Building Our Network


The Children’s Forest believes that we are more powerful when we work together.  The agencies 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.  Will you join us?

Upcoming Events


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 […]

Children’s Books with Latinx Characters to Inspire Your Next Outdoor Adventure

Children’s Books with Latinx Characters to Inspire Your Next Outdoor Adventure By Jacqueline, Children’s Forest Program Assistant What happens when a town comes together to build a park for the […]