Field Trips & Classroom Visits

Nature Center Field Trip (Self-Directed)

Get outdoors with your class! Take a self-guided tour through the Nature Center, botanic garden, and nature trail at your own leisure. Enrich your field trip experience further by scheduling a Naturalist-guided hike or an Animal Ambassador Presentation for an extra fee.

Availability: Wednesday - Friday, year round.

Duration: Varies; visits typically last from one to three hours.

Pricing: Field Trip only: $4/student; chaperones are free. At least one chaperone per five students is required.

  • Add a Naturalist-guided hike (~45 minutes): $30
  • Add an Animal Ambassador presentation (~30 minutes): $30
  • Add a seasonal Nature Hunt activity (self-directed): $15

Nature Immersion Field Trip (Guided)

Take advantage of all that the Sunriver Nature Center has to offer by scheduling a full immersion experience and field trip for your class! Your field trip experience will be geared to the topic of your choice (see below), aligning with Oregon Core Teaching Standards for science, grades K - 8. Each field trip includes a guided visit to the Nature Center, a live Animal Ambassador encounter, and a Naturalist-guided outdoor hike.

Choose from the following topics for your visit:

  • Life in Cold Blood: Explore the lives of the Nature Center's ectothermic residents - including snakes, frogs, and salamanders. You'll learn about their specialized life cycles and adaptations that allow them to survive in their unique environments.
  • Birds of Prey: Discover the unique characteristics of owls, eagles, hawks, and falcons and the special adaptations that make them excellent predators. Meet a live raptor and discover what owls eat!
  • Pond Study: Become a wetland scientist! Dip into the wet world of watersheds, ponds, and other wetland areas through hands-on investigation and sampling to learn about local pond ecosystems.

Availability: Wednesday - Friday, September - November and April - May

Duration: Programs last approximately two hours. Please feel free to enjoy the Nature Center and trails before and after your visit.

Pricing: $200/program; maximum of 35 students. Include Nature Center admission.  

Nature Discovery Kits & Naturalist Classroom Visit

Engage your students all week long in your classroom with a nature discovery kit filled with educational and fun nature-themed activities and a visit from a Naturalist! Each kit contains a teacher's activity guide, touchable biofacts, and other hands-on educational materials for your students. Activities are led by you at your class' leisure over the course of two weeks. To wrap up the memorable activities, a Nature Center Naturalist will visit your class with a live Animal Ambassador related to your kit.

Choose from the following Nature Discovery Kits:

  • Sky-High Predators
  • Scales, Tails & Claws 
  • Animal Adaptations
  • Buzz about Bees (coming Spring 2018!)
  • Splash! Life in a Pond

Availability: Year round

Duration: Nature Discovery Kits are delivered to your school on Friday and picked up during the scheduled Naturalist visit two weeks later. The Naturalist and Animal Ambassador visit lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Pricing: $150 for a 2-week kit rental and one Naturalist visit. Additional mileage fees will be applied to school visits outside of a 25 mile radius of Sunriver.

 Animal Ambassador Classroom Visit

Schedule a special appearance by one of Sunriver Nature Center's very own resident animal ambassadors to your classroom or auditorium!Each Animal Ambassador Appearance includes a knowledgeable Nature Center Naturalist that will engage your class in an educational, entertaining, and most of all, memorable experience. Each classroom visit will allow plenty of time for questions from your students. Select raptors (e.g., owl, hawk, or eagle), reptiles, and amphibians are available for visits and the Nature Center team will work with you to choose the right Ambassador Animal for your lesson. 

Availability: Year round

Duration: Approximately 45 minutes

Pricing: $80 per visit. Multiple animals can be for arranged for an additional fee. Additional mileage fees will be applied to school visits outside of a 25 mile radius of Sunriver.

Financial Assistance & Scholarships

Sunriver Nature Center is committed to making sure that all schools and organizations have the opportunity to visit the Nature Center or engage in our educational programming. Financial assistance, including program fee and admission discounts and transportation scholarships are available for qualifying schools and organizations. To learn more about financial assistance and program scholarships, please contact the Nature Center at (541) 797-9959 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Reservations & Cancellation Policy

To schedule a field trip visit or classroom program, please contact the Nature Center at (541) 797-9959 or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can expect a program confirmation email within five business days of placing your field trip/program request.

Reservations are recommended at least one month prior to your requested visit/program date. Reservations can be made up to three months in advance. All reservations require a 50% deposit or credit card number. Field trip visits or program cancelled with less than two weeks notice will forfeit the deposit. If a program or field trip visit is cancelled due to inclement weather, Nature Center staff will work with you to reschedule or issue a full refund.