Kipa & Camp Bennington
Welcome to Camp Bennington; your guide to exploring the science and history of Sunriver, Oregon. As amateur historians and scientists, the Bennington Properties Family spends much of their free time exploring the natural and historical world of Sunriver. Camp Bennington is our way of sharing what they have learned with you. Kipa and the Team at Bennington Properties wish you a wonderful time as you explore and experience Sunriver!
Meet Kipa Bennington
Meet Kipa, our Camp Bennington Head Ranger. Kipa will help you explore your way through Sunriver. He also has exciting prizes for completing activities in your ranger guide. Kipa—from the Hawaiian word “ho’okipa” meaning hospitality, friendliness, generosity, and taking care of others—has been an integral part of the Bennington team since 2014. He brought with him his love of kids and the plants and animals that surround the Sunriver area. Kipa was born and raised in the Deschutes National Forest, and eventually adopted by the Bennington family in 2015. Learn more about Kipa
Camp Bennington Ranger Guide
Our Camp Bennington Ranger Guide is full of fun activities for the whole family. Let our team know if you have children 12 and under joining you on your vacation and we will make sure to leave each child their very own Camp Bennington Ranger Guide. Kipa would love to see your progress, visit Bennington Properties to show Kipa's friends your completed Ranger Guide.
Wild Animals of Sunriver
Sunriver is home to some of Oregon's most beautiful and fascinating wild animals. All you have to do is look out the window of your vacation rental to see these incredible animals. Click on the name of each animal to learn about their habitat and behaviors. Look, but don't touch. Young animals are rarely orphaned so look, but don't touch.
Wild Birds of Sunriver
Sunriver is home to some of Oregon's most beautiful wild birds. All you have to do is look out the window of your vacation rental to see these incredible animals. Click on the name of each bird to learn about their habitat and behaviors. If you want to keep track of all of the birds you see, use this checklist created by the East Cascades Audubon Society for common birds of Central Oregon, east of the Cascades (Sunriver, Bend, LaPine, Redmond, Sisters). Happy bird watching!
Oregon is a bird watchers delight—from the coast to the mountains to the high desert, there are hundreds of birds to discover. These resources will help you enjoy your birding adventures.
A big thank you to Kody Osborne, Lead Naturalist at the Sunriver Nature Center, for his help compiling this list of local wildlife. Kody is a great resource for all-things-nature here in Sunriver. He can be reached at 541.593.4394, by Email, or by stopping at the Sunriver Nature Center Monday through Friday.
iBird App for Apple Products
My Nature Animal Tracks: Identify animal tracks and sounds
Find-A-Fish: Identification of fish
Leave No Trace - 7 Principles
Infographic courtesy of Earth River SUP