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The Children's Forest of Central Oregon (formerly Deschutes Children’s Forest provides a network of outdoor places and programs dedicated to moving all children along a continuum of learning, exploration, and healthy living through engagement with nature.

As the first and only nationally recognized Children's Forest in the Pacific Northwest, the Children's Forest of Central Oregon is emerging out of a powerful coalition of committed and diverse partners. The healthcare industry has joined together with educators, natural resource professionals, recreation groups, and conservationists to develop the Deschutes Children's Forest for the benefit of healthy minds, healthy bodies, and healthy forests.

The Deschutes Children's Forest Coalition is committed to addressing Nature Deficit Disorder and childhood obesity by collaboratively ensuring that all youth in Central Oregon have the opportunity to learn outside. Within the Children's Forest of Central Oregon, children develop a connection to nature while they develop a healthy sense of self. We are strongly aligned with key partners and programs to orchestrate outdoor opportunities for all Central Oregon children.

Deschutes Children's Forest

The Deschutes Children's Forest Coalition

Bend-La Pine Schools Bend Park and Receation District Central Oregon Pediatric Associates
Discover Your Northwest High Desert Education Service District High Desert Museum
Kids@Heart Redmond School District Sisters School District
Upper Deschutes Watershed Council US Forest Service Wolftree

Help Kids Learn!

Help us build a school engagement fund that covers the costs of transporting students to natural areas and create a Resource Co-op that gives educators the tools they need (from bug boxes to binoculars) to engage students in outdoor activities and learning opportunities.

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Read Our Strategic Plan 2012

Deschutes Childrens Forest Strategic Plan 2012

Download a PDF of our Deschutes Childrens Forest Strategic Plan 2012