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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 20-inch and 30-inch scopes. The observatory offers both daytime solar viewing and nighttime star gazing. Solar system and rocketry classes are offered for kids ages 8 and older during the summer.

Nature center $6; $4 (ages 4-12). Observatory programs $10; $8 (ages 2-12).
Nature center daily 9-5, Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day; Tues.-Sat. 10-4, Mar. 1-Fri. before Memorial Day and day after Labor Day-Oct. 31; Wed.-Sat. 10-4, rest of year. Observatory open Tues.-Sun. 9 p.m.-11 p.m., Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day; hours vary, rest of year. Closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Phone ahead to confirm schedule. Allow 30 minutes minimum.
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