William Ferrell Forest Discovery Trail


Summer Series Survey!

Did your family participate in our 2022 Summer Activity Series? Did you want to? Is this the first you're hearing of it? Would you like to bring your children to a free nature-themed activity at the Research Forest and learn together with them?
If the answer is "yes" to any of those questions, you'll be happy to hear that we will continue summer programming in 2023!
We are currently planning our activities, and to that end, we'd love to hear from you! If you attended last year, what did you love? If you weren't able to attend, how can we help make these activities more accessible for you? What topics would you like to explore? If you have opinions, we'd love to hear them! Please fill out this survey - it should just take a few minutes.




How does moss live on trees? What are the differences between types of trees? Why are dead trees important to a forest ecosystem? The William Ferrell Forest Discovery Trail Program is pleased to offer guided hikes in 2023, where we will explore questions like these and more.   
  • First Saturday of every month in 2023
  • 1pm to 3pm 
  • Registration required: Click Here


More details included at the registration link, or contact J at bruej@oregonstate.edu. We look forward to exploring the Forest with you!


What is the Forest Discovery Trail?

Are you ready to explore the Forest Discovery Trail? This program has been developed to honor Dr. William Ferrell, the first forest ecologist hired by the College of Forestry. Join the Forest Discovery Club on Facebook! Check out our list of online video resources.

Tour Materials


Follow the Forest Discovery Trail signs and stop at each designated area.  The cards below (in pdf format) will guide you in activities for each of the stops. You may want to download all the cards as one file on your smartphone or device before going out to the forest!

Forest Discovery Backpacks

Forest Discovery Backpacks contain the materials teachers and group leaders need to lead a Forest Discovery Program outdoor field trip. The backpack contains Activity Cards, assorted art supplies, and more to guide your adventure! Teachers and parents can check-out a Forest Discovery Backpack from the Research Offices by contacting the OSU Research Forests or clicking the link below.



Teacher's Guide

En Espanol

NEW! Forest Explorers Journal

We are excited to announce the newest addition to our Forest Discovery Program, the Forest Explorers Journal. This interactive journal is designed for 4th - 8th graders and is filled with activities and materials to inspire curiosity and scientific exploration about the history and ecology of the OSU Research Forests.

Click the link below to receive a free journal and borrow a journal field kit to help aid you in your explorations.





Already tested the journal? We'd love to hear about it. Please fill out your feedback forms here!