AAA Editor Notes
Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory is off Circle 3 at 57245 River Rd. Situated on 8 acres between Lake Aspen and the Deschutes River, the museum features exhibits describing the natural history of Central Oregon, reptiles and amphibians, a kids interactive area and a large collection of meteorites. The Nature Center grounds include a botanical garden, outdoor raptor enclosure, a quarter-mile hiking trail, wetland and forest areas and a birds of prey exhibit featuring five live raptors.
The Oregon Observatory, a NASA Affiliate Facility, houses multiple telescopes including new 20-inch and 30-inch scopes. The observatory offers both solar viewing and nighttime star gazing. Solar system and rocketry classes are offered for kids ages 8 and above during the summer.
Time: Allow 30 minutes minimum.