Water Bugs, Metolius Preserve

Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Rebekah Ratcliff to get your feet wet on a family-friendly summer exploration of the world of water. Search for, splash with, and identify the creatures swimming in our streams as you learn why water bugs are such important indicators of water quality. Learn how to safely (safe for you AND the creatures!) use and make discoveries in the water with nets and other instruments. Perfect for families with kids of all ages to explore and learn together. Children 2nd grade and younger may have a difficult time with the tools, but are welcome to come and play with a parent. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.

  • 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 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, water, closed toe shoes, water shoes (strapped sandals that can get wet; no crocs or flip-flops), and a towel for drying off. Dress for the weather and for water!

  • 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.