Planning a trip to Sunriver? You’ll want to include one of Central Oregon’s “must see” attractions on your visit — the Sunriver Observatory and Nature Center. This private, not-for-profit scientific and educational organization features an interactive nature center, large scale hands-on public observatory, interpretive exhibits, live birds of prey and snakes, meteorite exhibit, science classes for both kids and adults, special programs, botanical garden, and a nature trail and astronomy store featuring a complete line of telescopes.
Oregon Observatory at Sunriver
Unlike Planetariums, when the roof dramatically disappears at the Oregon Observatory you’ll see the real sky. You’ll be able to witness faraway galaxies, a meteor shower, and globular clusters in the night sky. And you won’t have to line up for a quick peek, because you’ll have access to one of the many telescopes at the Observatory, which actually has the the largest collection of telescopes available for public viewing in the entire country.
Also, thanks to Sunriver’s elevation, uber-dark surroundings, and crystal clear air you’ll be treated to the perfect environment for stargazing. There is nightly viewing in the summer, with guided constellation tours and expert guidance. And there is free solar viewing every day during the summer, and on Saturdays in the fall and spring, when you will be able to view the sun through filtered telescopes to get an incredible, safe view. Whether you’re an amateur astronomer or a first time visitor, you’re bound to be awestruck by the views.
The Nature Center
Telling kids about nature is great, but letting them experience it first hand is infinitely better. At the Sunriver Nature Center children can prowl through the woods to track a porcupine, or touch a lizard or get up close and personal with an owl. There are numerous activities, programs and exhibits to keep them engaged in the natural word. And there is also a staff of naturalists on hand to guide them and answer their questions. Outside the center is a botanical garden where you can sit on a bench and take in the serene view. Numerous birds and squirrels inhabit the terrain, as well as many other elements of Oregon’s natural environment.
The Sunriver Observatory and Nature Center is open Thursday through Saturday, from 10am to 4pm from September through May, with special Winter Observatory hours and events seasonally.
Sunriver Vacation Rentals
Village Properties at Sunriver would be happy to help you find a vacation rental for your visit. We offer many benefits, from discounts at local merchants to our 4th Night Free special. Give us a call at 877-859-5346 for more information or to book your stay.