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FREE! Puddle Stompersparent _child in nature
Ages: 3-5 and family

March 7  Ponderosa Park
April 4     Al Moody Park
May 2       Compass Park
June 6     Pine Nursery park
11:00 am - 11:45 am

Join at different parks around Bend. We will meet at the picnic shelter rain or shine, as we explore nature up close. Be a part of little adventures while we look for birds and bugs to stimulate your child's sense of wonder. Parent will participate with their child in activities.

FREE! Discover Nature Day!

Who knew getting dirty could be so much fun!!!


April 11, 2015
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
at Pine Nursery Park
Grades: K - 8 & parent

Bring your family and friends to learn about the fun adventures you can have exploring in the great outdoors. Join us for live birds of prey, wildlife tracking, exploring around the pond, fun games and much more.

Activities presented by the High Desert Museum, Upper Deschutes Watershed Council, The Environmental Center, Discover Your Forest ,Bend Park & Recreation and other children's Forest of Central Oregon partners and others to do some bird watching, looking for animal scat and tracking, exploring along the stream and more! For more information, please contact Eric At (541) 706-6116 or

For more information on Discover Nature Day and the Deschutes Children's Forest, visit

Volunteers are needed to make these events happen!


The district offers several community events each year including our Old Fashioned July 4th Festival and Pet Parade and the new community favorite, Discover Nature Day.

4th of July pet parade dog walkersOld Fashioned July 4th Celebration:
Pancake Brekfast & Festival in the Drake Park
Pet Parade - Downtown Bend

parademap.jpgCelebrate Independence Day in Bend and wish America Happy Birthday with a day filled with old fashioned fun, food and festivities brought to you by Bend Parks & Recreation.  Begin your celebration at 8:00 am in Drake Park with the annual Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast. Then move on to downtown Bend for the ever popular Bend Pet Express Pet Parade. Line up at Bend’s City Hall parking lot with your dog, llama, wagon, bicycle or stuffed animal by 9:30 and be ready to walk the 1.5 mile parade route at 10:00 am.  After the Pet Parade, come back to Drake Park between 11:00am - 4:00 pm to enjoy live music, local artisans and lots of delicious food presented by 2105 festival sponsor Zolo Media.  And – don’t forget to cruise through the expanded Kids & Family area brought to you by the Law Offices of Warren John West where kids of all ages will be entertained with FREE old fashioned fun and games.

For more details, visit the Pet Parade page.      For festival schedule and details, visit the July 4th Festival page.

Do you want to be a vendor? Click here for information.

3golf04.jpgGopherBroke.jpgGopher Broke Scramble:
September 11, 2015


The annual “Gopher Broke Scramble” ~ Bend’s Own Caddyshack for Kid’s Sake fundraiser. Held at a local golf course with a 12:30 pm start, this fun-filled event is a four-person scramble that includes 18 holes of golf and a happy hour & hors d'œuvre awards presentation. The money raised in the tournament is used for creating a scholarship endowment fund to help provide families in our district the opportunity to participate in our recreation programs. In the past year the Scholarship fund has been used to award over $100,000 to families in need. We still have room for a couple more teams so sign up today!

Players and sponsors are needed for the 2014 event!


For more information contact Sue Boettner at (541) 706-6125, or email her at