Adult Lectures & Programs


Saturday Bird Walk

Saturdays in October, 9am – 11am

Walk with us on the wild side! Join Tom Lawler, expert local birder and nature photographer, to discover the rich bird habitats of Sunriver. With Tom’s keen eye and guidance, you will spot and learn to identify a variety of species found in the wetlands, meadows, and forests surrounding the Nature Center. Whether you are new to birding or an experienced birder, there is always something exciting to see through your binoculars!

Early registration is strongly encouraged and participation is limited to 15 birders. Expect to walk approximately three miles along various trails. Please meet in front of the Nature Center by 9 am and bring a bottle of water and a pair of binoculars with you.

Registration: $4/SNCO member; $5/non-member

Register for the October 17th Bird Walk HERE

Register for the October 21st Bird Walk HERE

Register for the October 28th Bird Walk HERE


Mushroom Foraging Field Trip

Friday, October 20, 2017, 10am – 2pm

The Central Oregon Mushroom Club will lead a field trip in search for wild and edible mushrooms in the local area. On this field trip, participants will receive an introduction to fungi diversity and identifying different types of mushrooms in the forest. Instruction will also be provided on how to ‘hunt’ and collect mushrooms and how to identify mushrooms that are safe for eating.

Field trip is limited to 20 people (adults only, no pets please) and pre-registration is required. Please meet at the Nature Center parking lot by 9:30am. Individuals are responsible for their own transportation to the National Forest. Individuals planning to collect mushrooms must first obtain a free Forest Products Free Use Permit from the U.S. Forest Service office in Bend. Each participant should bring this permit to the field trip. In addition, each individual should bring a wide-bottomed container (bucket, basket) and a sturdy knife or small garden trowel for mushroom collection.

Registration: $15/person

Register online HERE


FUNgi Day and Mushroom Show at Sunriver Nature Center

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 10am – 2pm

Join Sunriver Nature Center and the Central Oregon Mushroom Club for a special day dedicated to appreciating and understanding fungi! Mushroom fun for the whole family includes:

  • Guided mushroom walks at 11 am and 1 pm (weather permitting)

  • Mushroom display showcasing a variety of local fungi

  • Meet a Local Mushroom Expert– Have a mushroom question? The Central Oregon Mushroom Club will be ready to answer all of your questions. 

  • Identification Station – Bring your fungi specimen or photo for identification

  • Children’s activities and crafts

  • Education stations with information and resources for mushroom enthusiasts of all levels

Admission: $8/adults, $5/children, $2/member (Includes full day admission to the Sunriver Nature Center)


The Wonderful World of Fungi

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 6pm – 7:30pm

Linda Gilpin of the Central Oregon Mushroom Club will provide a fascinating introduction to fungi diversity. You’ll never look at a mushroom the same way again!  

Registration: $8/member, $10/non-member

Register online HERE


Transplanting Forest Seedlings: Workshop and Field Trip

Sunday, October 22, 10am – 2pm

Lee Stevenson, founder of Project Ponderosa, will lead a hands-on workshop at the Sunriver Nature Center. Participants will learn how to identify and transplant a variety of native forest seedlings, including Grand Fir, White Fir, Mountain Hemlock, Snowbush, Manzanita, Mahala Mat, Kinnikinnnick, Indian Paintbrush and more. Information will also be shared about where to find these native species locally and how to successfully collect and transplant them into your own yard. 

The first half of the program will be held at the Sunriver Nature Center and then the group will travel to one or more locations within 10 miles of Sunriver for plant collection. Please bring your own pots/containers and shovel if you have one. Participants should also obtain a free Forest Products Free Use Permit from the U.S. Forest Service office on Deschutes Market Road in Bend so they can collect transplants during the field trip portion of the program.

This program is limited to 12 participants and early registration is recommended.

Registration: $32/SNCO member, $40/non-member

Register online HERE


Registration & Cancellation Policy

Unless a cancellation policy is specified in a lecture or program description, the following cancellation policy applies to all Adult Programs. For cancellations received more than two business days prior to the program date, a full refund, minus a 20% cancellation fee, will be issued. Refunds and exchanges will not be issued for missed programs or cancellations made two or fewer business days prior to the program date or for programs with registration fees of $10 or less.

To cancel or modify your registration, please contact the Nature Center at (541) 593-4394 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..