Tours/Events

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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Join environmental educator Roland Begin for a hike through the Tryon Creek forest to learn how this and other PNW forests adapt to both gradual and sudden changes. We'll discuss the importance of disturbances (e.g. windstorms, landslides, wildfire, etc.) in the ecology of a forest, as well as how forests recover from such disturbances. As we walk the trails of the Tryon Creek forest, we'll also be looking…

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Forest Fungi and their Wood-wide Webs

Tryon Creek State Natural Area

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Join environmental educator, Roland Begin, for a hike through the Tryon Creek forest and its underground world of fungal webs. We will briefly review the nutrient cycling roles of most visible fungi in the forest, before then turning to focus on mycorrhizal fungi and the common networks that they can form between trees and other plants in the forest.  (Please note that this is not a hike to learn about edible…

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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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Fungi of Tryon Creek: Spring!

Tryon Creek State Natural Area

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Join environmental educator Roland Begin for an easy-going, fungi-hunting walk in the Tryon Creek forest. We'll focus initially on the basic physiology of fungi and the critical roles different types of fungi play in the ecology of the forest. With that information in mind, we'll then walk the trails looking for evidence of fungi. (Please note that this is not a hike to learn about identifying edible…

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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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Join environmental educator Roland Begin for a hike around Tryon Creek - and through 'deep time' - to learn about the unique geology of Tryon Creek SNA and its surrounding area. In the process we'll introduce geological maps and how to read them, with the specific intent to better understand the Tryon Creek landscape . We'll also learn how to use SLIDO, the state-supported tool to determine landslide potential anywhere in…

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Night Sky Over Cottonwood Canyon

Cottonwood Canyon State Park

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Join us for an evening of star gazing with volunteers from Rose City Astronomers and Oregon State Parks at beautiful Cottonwood Canyon State Park! Volunteer astronomers will help visitors find various objects of interest in the night sky throughout the evening. In the afternoon, starting at 3pm volunteers will be available for solar astronomy viewing, followed by a ranger led talk on night sky preservation at dusk. To cap off the night, volunteers will have…

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Silver Falls Owl Prowls

Silver Falls State Park

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Join a park ranger for an evening of owling!

We will begin with an indoor presentation, “All About Owls,” and an owl pellet dissecting activity, for those who are interested. After the sun has set, we will embark on a short, ½-mile round trip hike to call for owls. This can require some patience, so it may not be suitable for children under 5 years of age. This portion of the event…

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