Are you looking for an educational and kid-friendly adventure for your Sunriver vacation? We recommend visiting the Sunriver Nature Center and Observatory, an independent nonprofit organization offering education on the natural world surrounding Sunriver. Two entities in one location, the Sunriver Nature Center and Observatory offer classes and activities for all ages.
The Nature Center
The Sunriver Nature Center offers hands-on activities and exhibits that will keep the kiddos engaged and yearning to learn more. Take a walk along the Sam Osgood Nature Trail, learning about the surrounding forest and wetlands. You may walk the trail yourself or choose a guided tour. Visit exhibits and see amphibians and snakes close up, or view the impressive birds of prey that reside at the nature center. Check out Exploration Ridge, the Cosmic Crater or crawl on through creature cave. The options are endless. Knowledgeable staff is always on hand to answer your questions about local wildlife.
Hours and activities vary based on the season. Be sure to check out their website or give them a call to make sure you get the best experience.
For those that like to look up at the stars more than at the Earth around them, the Oregon Observatory at Sunriver is a fantastic activity. Visit the observatory on a clear summer night and watch the roof disappear, giving you access to the largest collection of telescopes open to the public viewing, in the United States. The elevation in Sunriver provides the perfect environment for stargazing. With our skies that are void of light pollution and our clean air, the views are like nowhere else!
The Observatory has day and night viewing options. See distant galaxies or a meteor shower at night or view the sun through a filtered telescope for an incredible and safe view. Spring break hours (Mar 24-April1) are 8pm – 10pm on March 24, 28 and 31. Solar viewing is available 11am-2pm every day through spring break dates.
Top off your family vacation with a trip to the Sunriver Nature Center and Observatory for a truly educational experience (we won’t tell the kids).
Need a place to stay?
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 businesses, free SHARC passes in many homes and MUCH more!