Join Discover Your Forest for a free, family friendly event as your kids earn a Junior Snow Ranger badge. From learning about the natural world, to developing a life long appreciation for the outdoors, enjoy hands-on learning and interactive fun while becoming a Junior Snow Ranger!
Interested families can join Forest Rangers at the Snowshoe Hut located at Mt. Bachelor’s West Village Base Area.
The Junior Snow Ranger event is designed for children in the 4th and 5th grade, however activities are appropriate for 7-11 year olds. Outdoor activities include how to prepare for winter adventures, wildlife tracking and track games, identifying and matching skulls & tracks of alpine animals, discovering how life adapts to winter, and finding out about Snow’s Incredible Journey!
If conditions allow, families may also get to explore fresh snowflakes, do a scavenger hunt, meet the Mt. Bachelor Avalanche Rescue Dogs and Team, and engage in all sorts of fun hands-on learning outside. The program mission is to inspire youth to embrace a life-long relationship with the winter environment, and to become stewards of the land. It is a family program and adults are encouraged to play alongside their kids. Families can drop in or stay for the duration of the program. If families wish to try snowshoeing, after the event a free snowshoe tour is offered by Snowshoe Rangers at 1:30 pm for participants 8 years and older. The public snowshoe tour is about 1.5 miles out & back, lasts about 90 minutes, and includes information about natural history topics that relate to the surrounding High Cascades.
These events are free, however donations are greatly appreciated to support Discover Your Forest conservation programs throughout the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and the Crooked River National Grassland.