Fox Walk + Owl Eyes, Metolius Preserve

Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Susan Prince for a nature walk just for kids! We'll gather at the protected forests of the Metolius Preserve to share nature stories and learn how to enter into wild lands like the animals do. Kids will practice observation skills and group mapmaking as they learn new ways to connect with the beautiful and mysterious outdoors. Perfect for kids ages 8-14 with a grown-up in tow. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event. This outing will only proceed if pandemic conditions allow.


COVID-19 Guidelines: We take the health and safety of our volunteers and staff seriously. After careful consideration, we have implemented COVID-19 Family Outing Guidelines to promote the health and wellbeing of volunteers and staff. Please read and be ready to adhere to these guidelines so everyone can have a safe experience.

  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is an easy for kids, ~1-2 mile hike on dirt roads and trails.

    Route: This hike will start at the North Trailhead of the Metolius Preserve and will explore Preserve trails. 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, closed toe shoes, face coverings (homemade is fine), hand sanitizer. 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.

  • Accessibility

    The Land Trust is working to make our Walks + Hikes as accessible as possible. Please let us know (541-330-0017) at least one week in advance if there is something we can do or provide to support you in participating in this outing to the fullest and we will accommodate as possible.