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PO Box 3367 – Mailing
Sunriver, Oregon 97707

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Back-to-School Sunriver Style

Back-to-School Sunriver Style

Hey parents! It may be back-to-school, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still book that end-of-summer getaway to Sunriver. Because guess what? Sunriver is one of the best places to go for some hands-on learning. So no more feeling guilty about the kids missing a few days from school! There are some incredible educational opportunities right here in Sunriver. Check out our list of “family field trips” you can take while you’re visiting. Who said you can’t learn a little while on vacation?

1. Sunriver Nature Center:

Get inspired! There is always something new, exciting and fun to experience at the Sunriver Nature Center. Visitors can encounter birds of prey during owl “meet and greets,” or join a scheduled event to learn all about the wild residents of Sunriver. 

2. Oregon Observatory :

The Oregon Observatory in Sunriver is the largest publicly accessible observatory in the country. Visitors will marvel at the star parties or learn something fascinating at one of the Cosmic Adventures events. Check out faraway galaxies, witness a meteor shower, or get a glimpse of globular clusters!   

3. High Desert Museum :

Discover the natural world and cultural history through artful exhibits, fascinating local animals, engaging programs, and important history. Plan ahead and check out all of the upcoming exhibits scheduled this month at High Desert Museum in Central Oregon!

Photo Credit: HighDesertMuseum.org

4. Lava Lands Visitor Center :

Lava Lands Visitor Center is the interpretive hub of Newberry National Volcanic Monument. The center features a state of the art interpretive exhibit on area geologic and cultural history, as well as spectacular views from the top of Lava Butte (click HERE for trail info). Visitors can view a variety of films scheduled daily; walk the Trail of Molten Land and the Trail of the Whispering Pines; or travel on the fully accessible 5.5 mile Sun-Lava paved path. Rather just take it easy? Picnic under the pines, attend a ranger talk, or shop at the Discover Your Forest Bookstore.

5. Wanderlust Tours:

Love geology? Check out Wanderlust Tours in Central Oregon! Volcano and cave tours, guided hikes, and even customizable canoe and kayak tours! The options are endless for the adventure enthusiast wanting to learn about the earth while exploring the region with one of Wanderlust’s renowned naturalist guides.

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