Choose from a variety of trunks filled with touchable biofacts such as pelts, skulls, wings, educational activities, and a handy teacher's guide. Each trunk rental includes a 30 minute live animal presentation or naturalist led in-class activity. Give your classroom something they will remember forever!
Choose from the following trunks:
- Birds of Prey
- Animal Adaptations
- Native Animals
- Life in a Pond
1-Week Rental - $100*
2-Week Rental - $120*
*Mileage fees will be applied to travel greater than 15 miles from Sunriver.
Scholarships are available!
Here’s what local teachers have to say about it!
"We loved the traveling trunk! It gave a boost to teaching adaptations and is full of high interest material! It was a great culminating activity that all the kids enjoyed!" Donna Swenson, Pine Ridge Elementary
"The Animal Adaptations trunk was a fantastic supplement to our second grade Houghton Mifflin themed Nature Walk. Our students had a blast reading about the natural world and then getting to touch, feel, and even smell the animal pelts, skulls, skeletons, and pictures. The trunk really brought the animals to life!" Seth Graham, Bear Creek Elementary
"Our traveling trunk is so COOL!!! Oh my goodness! We’ve just begun and my class is very excited! All teachers are reporting great stories interacting with their students while using the trunk!" Brenda Ayers, Rosland Elementary
"I loved the presenters and bird trunk so much I want to rent it again!" Ryan Shaffer, Ponderosa Elementary
"The traveling trunk was wonderful! I will make sure I do this every year! I was so impressed with the trunk and presentation, you guys do a great job!" Sue Carroll, Miller Elementary
Natural Science Benchmark Classes
Benchmark classes are aligned with Oregon Core Teaching Standards for science, grades K - 8.
Two-hour programs cost: $180, maximum of 35 students.
Benchmark programs include general admission to the Nature Center, a live animal presentation and a naturalist-led hike.
Classes are located at the Sunriver Nature Center.
Life in Cold Blood
Crawl through the lives of reptiles and amphibians, explore their place win the environment and investigate their specialized life cycles and the adaptations that allow them to survive.
Tracking the Wild Beast
Step into the wild and learn how to track animal signs by careful observation of the environment, investigation of physical differences among a variety of local animals, and animal behavior.
Birds of Prey
Discover the unique characteristics of owls, eagles, hawks, and falcons and their special adaptations that make them excellent predators. Meet a live raptor and discover what owls eat!
Be a wetland scientist! Dip into the wet world of watersheds, ponds and other wetland areas through hands-on investigation and sampling techniques to learn about local pond ecosystems.
Nature Center Field Trips
Visit the Nature Center for a self-guided tour of our natural history museum, botanical garden, and nature trail or add it on to your benchmark class! Perfect for students of all ages.
Admission cost: $4 per student, chaperones free. 1:5 chaperone to student ratio is required.
Naturalist guided hike, Cost: $20 per hike
Animal Presentation, Cost: $20 per talk
Bring an Animal to Your Classroom!
Bring a naturalist to your classroom with a live animal ambassador. Call the Nature Center to find out what animals are available and to schedule your visit!
30-45 minute presentation, $80*
*mileage fees outside of Bend are not included
Night in Nature
Spend the night at the Sunriver Nature Center! Hang out with our naturalists, get hands-on with our nature themed programming, hike through the woods at night and wake up refreshed for a refreshing morning walk along Lake Aspen! We'll even throw in a movie before bedtime. Parents and teachers, you will have access to a full service kitchen where you can prepare meals and snacks (no food is provided). A staff naturalist will be on hand all night.
November 1st through March 31st on Friday evenings from 6pm to 9am Saturday morning.
1:4 student/chaperone ratio required
Chaperones are FREE.
Minimum of 10, maximum of 35.
Refunds and Cancellations:
If a class is cancelled due to weather, you will have the option to reschedule or receive a full refund.