Public Health Advisory

Modified operations due to COVID-19:
Parks and trails open with temporary use and distancing rules.
Playgrounds and basketball/volleyball courts closed.
All facilities and offices closed.
Juniper Swim & Fitness Center limited reopening June 8.

Programs canceled until June 15.
Summer program registration now open.

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Stay at home, Play at home!
Ahh, fresh air and sunshine, we all need the boost that being in nature can provide. Explore activities and resources inspired by nature or get outside to try an adventure close to home. Your inner nature enthusiast will want to keep coming back for more!

Check here each week for new ideas – there’s no shortage of fun to be had! We hope you will play along with us!

Family-Friendly Activities

Children’s Forest of Central Oregon

Youth Climate Eco Challenge (link) Ends May 15

Museum Moment hosted by the High Desert Museum (link to YouTube)

Oregon Zoo – Weekly Facebook Live (link) Live streams with animal guest and links to follow up activities to do at home.

Oregon Coast Aquarium – Tips on Photographing Nature (link)

OSU Extension Service – Outdoor School from Home (link)

San Diego Zoo – Upgraded Experiences (link) Multiple topic-specific videos and tours

Make a Bird Feeder Using Recycled Materials (link) Audubon Society

Create Your Own Natural Costumes (link) Environmental Center

Make a Living Necklace (YouTube link) Environmental Center

Kids in Parks – Backyard Adventures (link) Children’s Forest of Central Oregon

Go Camping at Home – The Great Washington Camp-in (link) WA State Foundation

Nature: Live in Your Living Room (link) Oregon State Parks

The Virtual Upstream Project with Upper Deschutes Watershed Council (link)

Activities and Projects with 4H at Home (also in Spanish) PDF (link)

Seed Planting and Plant Life Cycle Activities from Weareteachers.com (link)

Mountain School at Home – Nature Activities and Learning Resources from North Cascades Institute (link)

Buddy Bison’s Backyard Scavenger Hunt (National Park Trust; PDF)

Buddy Bison’s Backyard Bingo (National Park Trust; PDF)

Wildlife caught on camera from The Nature Conservancy (link to cams)

Outdoor activities and nature explorations from Audubon for Kids (link)

Grow Your Own Food and Learn about Healthy Eating with Oregon State University – Grow This Challenge Food Hero program (link)

Garden Activities, Tips and Stories for Kids with the Environmental Center (link)