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Best of the Nest 2020

Best of the Nest 2020

It's time to vote — Jan. 27 - Feb. 11
Central Oregon is a great place to raise family. With our many great healthcare providers, educational programs and recreational activities, CO is a magical place to be both a kid and a parent.

Best of the Nest


Postpartum Health: What You Need to Know

The pregnancy journey doesn't end after the baby exits your body
You are a pregnancy and birthing expert by the time you go into labor. You've studied and trained for this special day.


Free the Ocean

Kids help remove plastic from oceans and beaches while answering daily trivia questions
Bend native Mimi Ausland, who, with her dad, started the site when she was a kid, has a new venture into the world of doing good things — this time saving our oceans from destructive plastic pollution.


Nest News

Local Kid on the Food Network: Middle schooler competing in "Kids Baking Championship" By Lisa Sipe

Nest News


Recommended by Paige Bentley-Flannery Community Librarian at Deschutes Public Library
Who Am I?: A Peek-Through-Pages Book of Endangered Animals


Editor's Note

Bend Nest Turns Five!
As we celebrate this milestone, it seems like a great time to stop and reflect.

Editor's Note

Education Funding Boost for Local Kids

Student Success Act will bring at least $14 million to Bend-La Pine schools
Students throughout Central Oregon will benefit from the passage of the Student Success Act, which will bring millions to the region to support student mental health, early childhood education and high school graduation programs. "I've worked in education in Oregon for 34 years and we've never had this kind of influx of money," said Lora Nordquist, assistant superintendent of Bend-La Pine Schools.



Justin Roth DO Orthopedic Surgeon The Center

Expert Q&A

Inspiring Youth in Local Government

Meet Rebecca McCann, member of the Bend Climate Action Steering Committee
When you think of local government, you don't often picture high school students being part of the decision-making process. Here in Bend, young adults are showing up and getting involved.

Kids In Action

Winter Events

Fun family-friendly winter events
Tuesdays Family Fun Story Time LOCAL— Interactive story time for little ones up to 5 years old.


Little Feet on the Street

We asked these kids at Cottage Day Care: If you could make anything out of snow and have it come to life, what would you create?
We asked these kids at Cottage Day Care: If you could make anything out of snow and have it come to life, what would you create? Irie, 6: A snow puppy!


2020 is the Year!

Winter excitement at Mt. Bachelor
If you're new to Bend or even if you've lived here a while, it's time to head up to Mt. Bachelor to check out what's new for 2020. This season, Central Oregon's famed ski area, the sixth largest in North America, has ramped up activities to guarantee that everyone falls in love with the snow.


Apps Your Teens & Tweens Love

Parental involvement helps ensure a positive and safe experience
Navigating the adolescent years with your teen is tough. From friendships to school and social activities, discerning what's age-appropriate versus downright unsafe for your kids is difficult.


Support for a Better Community

J Bar J's programs lift up families and youth in Central Oregon
In 1968, Lyle Jarvis and Bill Jones realized there was a need in the Central Oregon community for a rehabilitation center specifically for boys. They got together and founded J Bar J, a live-in ranch for teenage boys who were considered troubled or on the road to jail.


Blazing Global Trails

Study abroad students and host families choose the road less traveled
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. — Robert Frost



Beau Gilmore, MD, Pediatrician, Mosaic Medical
Q  Is it safe to give kids probiotics?

Expert Q&A





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