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Equine Assisted Therapy Opens Doors for Healing
For many children with disabilities, mental or physical, local equine services offer a golden opportunity to be in the healing presence of horses. Known as “adaptive/therapeutic horsemanship” and “equine assisted therapy,” this novel approach can make a world of difference for young people who need special support.

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Book Shelf

Merci Suárez Plays It Cool Written by Meg Medina Are you ready for middle school?


Editor's Notes

Growing up, back to school always meant a new pair of shoes. We’d load into the station wagon, hit the mall and return with magnificent new kicks to wear on the first day.

Editor's Note

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Read to Achieve: New Oregon Battle of the Books Titles Released

Nest News

Health Expert Q&A with Jenny Anderson Birth & Postpartum Doula

Q: I had a lot of trouble breastfeeding my son and eventually abandoned nursing for the bottle. I would like things to go differently with the baby I’m presently expecting.

Expert Q&A

Celebrate the Fall Harvest

Central Oregon pumpkin patches delight one and all
The leaves may change color and the kids may be back in school, but it truly feels like fall when pumpkin patch season rolls around! Here in Central Oregon, where we are blessed to live among incredible local farms and ranches, visiting a pumpkin patch—or several!—is a major must-do on every family’s list.  


Showing Up

Education and the importance of parental involvement
We did it! After a few weeks of frantic back-to-school shopping, our kids are finally ready to head back to school.


Thifty Threads

Heading back to school without breaking the bank
Getting ready to send the kids back to school is no small job. There’s the mental preparation as well as the hunter/gatherer work to be done for school supplies and new clothes to fit tiny tykes who shot up over the summer months.


A little help goes a long way

MountainStar Family Relief Nursery Lifts Up the Children of Central Oregon
Most parents would agree that raising children is never a piece of cake, but for some, this sentiment crosses into the realm of the impossible. An individual who is ill-equipped for being a parent can create chaos and turmoil in a child’s life, which can then be detrimental to the child’s wellbeing down the road.

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Easy Dinners for busy fall schedules

What’s for dinner doesn’t have to be hours in the making
Once daily routines fall back into place after summer activities, moving dinnertime back indoors, away from picnics and barbeques, can feel overwhelming. Here are some ideas to make suppertime simpler, more easygoing and of course, family-oriented.


Forging the Future

A radical new school opens in Bend
Imagine an alternative. Imagine your child’s day: They wake up, wolf down breakfast, get dressed and then head off to school-only “school” isn’t inside a fluorescent-lit, rectangular box.


Best Family Night Out

A Q&A with Scott Ramsey of Sun Mountain Fun Center
Sun Mountain, built and operated by the Ramsey family of Bend, has been dishing up fun in Central Oregon since 1995. During the pandemic, the facility underwent a major renovation, offering a more adult-friendly atmosphere as well as adding some new, active games for the kids.

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Best Summer Camp

A Q&A with Wildheart Nature School
Wildheart offers unique, nature-oriented educational programs for kids of all ages. In addition to spring and winter camps, classes are available throughout the school year for after-school or home school students.

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Best Art Instruction

A Q&A with Marlene Alexander
Artist and curator, Marlene Alexander, has been teaching children art in Central Oregon for 37 years. She recently shared about how the program began and what kinds of art she teaches today.

Best of the Nest

Best Nonprofit Serving Children

A Q&A with Family Access Network
Family Access Network began meeting the needs of Oregon families in 1993. Since then, the organization has expanded its scope from Deschutes County to greater Central Oregon, now serving almost every school district in Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook Counties.

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Best of the Nest 2022

Local parents and families voted, and these are our 2022 winners in the Best of the Nest!

Best of the Nest





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