The Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory located on Spring River road is just a mile west of Sunriver offers hands-on activities, live animal exhibits, unique year-round programs for all ages and interests, and opportunity for outdoor exploration on the Osgood Nature Trail. A non-profit, educational organization funded in part by the Second Tern Thrift Shop, they have a vision to be every person’s gateway to an expanding world of information in the natural sciences by focusing on education, research, and conservation. Sunriver’s elevation, pitch-dark surroundings, and crystal clear air make it perfect for stargazing, and there’s no better place than the Oregon Observatory. They have a range of telescopes set up for your enjoyment, from Tele Vue refractors to their 30-inch Newtonian made possible by supporters and friends. There are many ways to support Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory, including making a donation of a tax-deductible gift, becoming a member, and contributing to the Campaign for the Future to expand and modernize the campus and build endowments to sustain the organization into the future. Nature Center Hours vary by season, so check online or call them at 541.593.4394. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children between the ages of four and twelve, and members are always free. A separate admission applies to the Observatory night viewings.
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