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May 11, 2023

Summer is a magnificent time to visit Central Oregon. One way to take advantage of Sunriver’s clear, sunny weather is by taking some time to visit the Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory. It’s a must-see destination for anyone with an interest in the wonders of the natural world. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or your family is looking for an enjoyable day activity, when you book directly with Village Properties at Sunriver, you’ll be in an excellent location to visit Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory and more. Here’s what you need to know about Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory before you visit.

What Is The Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory?

The Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory is located on the west edge of Sunriver on River Road. Visitors can use the Sunriver pathways to walk or bike to SNCO, where bike racks are available. SNCO features a wide variety of exhibits that showcase live animals natural to the area. In addition to the animal and plant exhibits, another attraction is the Oregon Observatory, the largest publicly accessible observatory in the country. The Sunriver Nature Center also offers a range of educational programs and events designed specifically for children, emphasizing natural science and eco-preservation.

Things To Do

There is an ever-changing schedule of events and activities. Here is a sampling of what you can expect.

  • Visit the Creature Cave to see snakes, lizards, frogs, salamanders, and more.
  • Stroll through the botanical gardens. It’s a great place to get close to some of Oregon’s wildflowers and pollinators.
  • Learn about the rehabilitation efforts for some of the live animals at the Center, like the owls, hawks, eagles, and swans.
  • Head to Lake Aspen and enter the Observatory to get a unique view of the sun and the stars.

Private Experiences

You can take a private tour if you want a more private journey through the Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory. The private guides that are available include:

  • An exclusive star party in the Observatory.
  • Learn about cosmic adventures with rockets or rovers.
  • A family birding adventure.
  • A two-mile Sunriver nature hike.

It’s The Best Way To See Oregon Nature

Sunriver’s elevation, minimal light pollution, and crystal clear air have earned it an International Sky Place designation, the first in Oregon. Visiting Sunriver is the best way to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. And with a vacation rental with Village Properties, you won’t have to compromise on comfort. You’ll also sleep well at your vacation rental through Village Properties at Sunriver. Village Properties at Sunriver features some of the best amenities and rooms in the Sunriver and Bend, Oregon, area. Have the best time possible by booking directly with us. To hear more about our accommodations, reach out to us at 1-844-458-4433. Or book with us online.

Want Free Tickets to Visit?

When you stay with Village Properties, you can take the exciting opportunity to visit Sunriver Nature Center and Observatory as part of your stay through the VIP Experience! Get daytime access for your whole group to enjoy everything the center has to offer as part of your Selection Perks that come with your stay! Learn more about the Village Properties VP VIP Experience and book your next adventure to Sunriver today.

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