Protect Your Playground

Playgrounds are More Than Swings and Slides. Our playgrounds are the mountains we ski down and hike up, the parks we spend countless hours in and any place we travel for our next adventure. 


We are excited to announce the winners of this year's Protect Your Playground. Two Bend locals were funded for their projects, Park Pads and The Broomsmen's Cigarette Butt Recycler. Park Pads - Made from recycled or repurposed materials to protect trees from being damaged by straps of hammocks and slacklines. Look for Park Pads in local outdoor stores soon. Recycle Your Butt - Establish a strong stance and system to combat cigarette butt litter around Bend and Mt. Bachelor. Look for the recycle units around Bend in the next months. 

Play Big. Think Big.

Great ideas often come from unassuming places and if your brainstorming skills are anything like your recreational ones, there's a good chance you've already been thinking about this. Gather your concept(s), rally the troops, and apply for a Protect Your Playground grant. If your innovative, environmentally focused idea is the right one, then we'll supply the tools and resources you need to turn that idea into reality. Together we can make systemic, lasting contributions to our environment.

Your idea will be reviewed by our team of experts. If your entry is selected, it will be promoted at Mt. Bachelor as well as through our social networks to bring that much more attention to your plan.

Who’s eligible?

The focus of Protect Your Playground is to empower individuals in our community - from skiers and riders, to business owners and homeowners, even employees at the resort. As such, preference is given to projects submitted by individuals rather than 501(c)3 non-profit organizations. 

I have a project that needs funding. Where do I begin?

Make sure your project is in keeping with the mission to Protect Your Playground in the Central Oregon area. In other words, what is your project going to do to help the future of the environment/outdoor spaces in our local community?

Carefully decide on your funding goals and ensure that they make sense. How is the money going to be used? It is helpful to be as specific as possible so the initial vetting committee understands that you have thought this through and you are not arbitrarily throwing a number out there.

We welcome funding requests between $100 and $2,500* for projects that will serve to protect the environmental playgrounds that we love.

Who decides which projects get funded?

Proposals due by April 9, 2017

A committee of Mt. Bachelor employees reviews and vets each submission. The committee will then pick the top two to four viable projects.

What if my project gets funded?

Winning submission(s) were announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2017.

* Grants will not be awarded for debt reductions or retiring past operating deficits, sponsorships and dinners, fellowships or other grants to individuals, loans, litigation, political or marketing campaigns, graduate and postgraduate research or for projects or organizations that further a political or religious doctrine.

Protect Your Playground