Kids Falling for Nature, Metolius Preserve


Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Mary Yanalcanlin of East Cascades Audubon Society for a fall nature exploration just for kids! Explore the pine forests of the Metolius Preserve and search for woodpeckers and the obvious signs they leave behind. Discover why birds are harder to find at this time of year and enjoy the fall colors of the changing season. Perfect for kids ages 4-10 with a grown-up in tow. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.

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  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is an easy less than 1-2 mile walk on established trails for kids.

    Route: This hike will start at the South Trailhead of the Metolius Preserve and will explore trails in the area. Terrain will be uneven at times.

    Elevation gain/loss: There is very little elevation gain/loss on this hike.

  • What to Bring

    Snacks/lunch, water, sturdy hiking shoes. Dress for the weather.

  • About the Property

    The Metolius Preserve is a 1,240 acre forested Preserve near Camp Sherman, Oregon. The Deschutes Land Trust established the Preserve in 2003. The Preserve contains mature ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, and western larch, as well as a rich diversity of other plant species. Three miles of Lake Creek, an important tributary to the Metolius River, flow through the property, contributing to the rich habitat found on the Preserve.