Outside Journey Day Returns | MyCentralOregon.com

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Deschutes National Forest is hosting the Outdoor Adventure Day for local elementary school children on Wednesday, June 7, 2022. Event partners include Discover Your Forest, High Desert Museum, Children’s Forest of Central Oregon, Sunriver Nature Center, Oregon State Parks and Recreation, and Project Wildfire.

Approximately 750 K-5 graders from Rosland, La Pine and Gilchrist Elementary converge on the baseball fields at La Pine High School for a fun and educational day of adventure. Archaeologists, wildlife biologists, firefighters, recreation specialists and others will oversee 30 stations that children can visit and learn about fish, plants, cultural resources, animals, outdoor recreation and safety, art, water, recycling and fire.

“After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, we’re bringing this event back, stronger and better than ever!” said Christina Veverka, event organizer and botanist at the Crescent Ranger District. “It’s an opportunity to introduce children to important conservation ideas and engage them in fun, hands-on activities that they can do or experience in their backyards or in the national forest.”

The Outdoor Adventure Day takes place on June 7th from 9:45 am to 2:00 pm. Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl will be there to greet the children upon their arrival. Children are encouraged to be prepared for the weather with appropriate clothing and to bring water. Participants meet at the La Pine High School baseball fields at 51633 Coach Rd. La Pine, OR.