Tours/Events

Corvids of Tryon Creek

Tryon Creek State Natural Area

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Join environmental educator Roland Begin for a hike down the trails of Tryon Creek SNA as we discuss the intelligent and talkative corvids who make the forest their home. As we'll see, ravens, jays and crows exhibit a wide variety of amazing behaviors, both inside and outside of the park.

Hike starts at 10am on the Nature Center front porch. The program theme will be geared toward adults and youth ages…

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The Deschutes River Equestrian Trail is a 22-mile round trip old railbed trail shared with mountain-bikers, fishermen, back-country campers and hikers. The trail starts at the Deschutes River State Recreation Area campground entrance parking lot and ends at Harris Ranch. It’s great for wildlife viewing, wildflower photography, and site-seeing in the Lower Deschutes River Canyon

Rules: Reservations are required. A maximum of…

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Tour Length: Approx. 2 hours.

Description: Fort Rock Cave is near Fort Rock State Natural Area. It is the site of instrumental archaeological discoveries dating back over 10,000 years. The Fort Rock Basin is a vital part of Native American history and life.  Fort Rock Cave is a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public only by a state park guided tour. Join us in learning about Fort Rock Cave&rsquo…

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Kayak interp tours

Prineville Reservoir State Park

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Description: The sweeping hillsides and cliffsides of Prineville Reservoir create a stunning backdrop for our guided kayak tour. Paddle with our interpretive staff and learn about local geology, area history, Water cycle and the plants and animals of the High Desert. Allow up to 3 hours for the tour, including pre-launch gear setup and post-launch check in. Kayak, paddle and PFD provided. Minimum age:  Children 8 – 11 must ride with an…

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Night Sky Over Cottonwood Canyon

Cottonwood Canyon State Park

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Sure to make your bucket list of camping memories, please join us at one of Oregon’s darkest places for an evening of stargazing with ranger staff from Oregon State Parks and Rose City Astronomers (RCA) volunteers at beautiful Cottonwood Canyon State Park!  Volunteer astronomers will help visitors find various objects of interest in the night sky throughout the evening. You will be in awe at the beauty of a truly amazing night…

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Plants of Tryon Creek: Summer!

Tryon Creek State Natural Area

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Join environmental educator Roland Begin for an easy-going walk among the native plants of the Tryon Creek forest. We'll focus on basic plant id, their seasonal cycles, as well as their many uses.

Hike starts at 10am on the Nature Center front porch. The program theme will be geared toward adults and youth ages 12 and up. Walking distances will average 2 miles.

Sitka Sedge Birding Hike

Sitka Sedge State Natural Area

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Meet at Sitka Sedge State Natural Area at 10 a.m. for a ranger-guided hike to look for and identify local and migratory birds that live and rest at Sitka Sedge State Natural Area! The hike is free. Registration is required due to limited parking. Hikers are encouraged to bring binoculars to help with viewing. For more info, contact Ranger Tate Pyle at 503-861-3170  or  Tate.Pyle@oprd.oregon…

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