DESCHUTES CHILDREN'S FOREST
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.