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Pine Tree Mill Hike

Though reading about the past is fun, it's always more exciting to discover it in nature. The Pine Tree Mill Hike offers hikers an evening of exploration, combining beautiful trails with fascinating history. Hosted by the Deschutes Land Trust, this hike will explore the Skyline Forest to discuss Bend's early logging and irrigation efforts—the hike starts at an old lumber mill from 1916. Hikers will also learn about conservation work currently being done to protect this important land. The two-mile, moderate trail is perfect for hikers and historians of all skill levels, and is led by a member of Bend Parks and Recreation. This free hike is scheduled for Tuesday, May 10, at 5:30 p.m., and hikers are encouraged to bring their own snacks. To register, visit www.deschuteslandtrust.org.

Children's Forest: Birds and Beaks Are Neat

As the warm sun returns, so do the birds, and the Children's Forest of Central Oregon wants kids to meet these feathered fliers. Birds and Beaks Are Neat will teach kids about avian wildlife through science, art and play, all while exploring American Legion Park in Redmond on Saturday, May 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. The program is part of Children's Forest's Discover Nature Days, and held in conjunction with the High Desert Museum. The free event is recommended for ages 5 to 10 and offered in Spanish. Attendees must register in advance via the Children's Forest website: www.childrensforestco.org.

Sixth Annual Sisters Stampede

Watch some of the best riders in Central Oregon take on one of the most exciting trails in the state! The sixth annual Sisters Stampede is a thrilling mountain bike race through the beautiful Peterson Ridge Trail in Sisters on Sunday, May 29. The all-day event will feature more than 25 different race categories, ranging from a grueling 27-mile challenge to a free kids race. Participants will receive cool gifts, and the top finishers have a chance to win cash prizes and awesome gift packages. Racers of all skill levels are encouraged to register at www.sistersstampede.com.

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