Bald Eagles and More
The Children's Forest of Central Oregon is offering an array of activities for children and their families this winter. One program is an annual Eagle Watch Celebration at Round Butte Overlook Park in Culver, Feb. 27-28.
The Children's Forest of Central Oregon provides a network of outdoor places and programs dedicated to engage children in the outdoors. Its goal is to provide kids the opportunity to learn and explore the outdoors through educational programs. The non-profit also provides teachers with a suite of resources to help make field trip planning easier. The Eagle Watch Celebration begins at 10 a.m. and continues to 4 p.m. and includes viewing of bald and golden eagles, games and activities. For more information about the Children's Forest of Central Oregon and to learn more about this event, including a map, visit the website: childrensforestco.org or call 541-383-5592.
Snowshoe with a Forest Ranger
Through March, Discover Your Forest, in collaboration with Mt. Bachelor and the Deschutes National Forest, is offering snowshoe excursions with a Forest Ranger at Mt. Bachelor. It's part of the organization's annual interpretive snow tours, which focus on the ecology, geology, and wildlife of the Cascades. Interested participants meet at the Forest Service snowshoeing hut at Mt. Bachelor's West Village at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on weekends. Tours last approximately 90 minutes and snowshoes are provided for the tour. No prior experience is necessary. Participants must be 10 years or older and should dress for cold weather. Programs are free but a donation of five dollars is suggested to help the non-profit continue to provide educational programming and volunteer support to the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and the Crooked River National Grassland – the focus of Discover Your Forest's mission.
Also offered are interpretive ski and snowboard tours on Mt. Bachelor's groomed runs. This tour lasts an hour and begins at the top of the Pine Marten lift at 2 p.m. Participants must have the appropriate equipment and lift tickets. The latest snowshoe and ski information is available by dialing the Ranger hotline at 541-383-4055. For further information on all Discover Your Forest programs, check its website at: discoveryourforest.org.