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Guided Hike
Black Butte Ranch

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Explore Black Butte Ranch on a
Guided Hike

"What a great experience. Jennie was super knowledgeable, flexible with our plans, and just really fun to be around. I would highly recommend her tours!" ~Britt, 2023

Explore the incredible beauty and natural diversity of Black Butte Ranch alongside local naturalist and educator, Jennie Sharp. You'll learn about local plants and animals, geography, geology, and human history in this gorgeous place. Wildlife is more easily spotted during off-season programming. Kids and adults are welcome! 


We will meet at the Lakeside Activity Center, then go on an out-and-back trail that explores the edge of the Big Meadow, to the west of the lake, and along side the creek that has spectacular views of Black Butte and the Cascade Mountain Range (see map below). Programs are up to two hours long (2-3 miles, depending on the speed and desire of the group). Programs will run rain, shine, or snow. 

How to Book

1. Pick a date/time for your program

2. Confirm availability by using the Request to Book button below, call/text 541-645-0688, or email

Your requested booking will remain pending for 24 hours after communication from Starshine confirming your requested program. To confirm your booking: 

1. Pay deposit (half of total cost) with Venmo (@starshine-theater) or request an invoice for credit card

3. Complete liability waiver and email to:

You'll pay the remainder of the program cost after the completion of the program.

Program Cost

Programs start at $100 per group of 1-4. Additional adults cost $20. Additional kids cost $15.

Request to Book

  • Enjoy a private guided experience of the incredible natural beauty of ...

    Starting at $100

Where to meet

At the Lakeside Activity Center (see map below).


Learn About Your Guide

Check out Starshine's About page to learn about our guides

What to Bring

  • warm layers

  • water bottle

  • Appropriate footwear depending on conditions

Optional but encouraged

  • snack

  • binoculars 

Liability Waiver

Please download and fill out the liability waiver linked here.  You can print and bring day of, or email to

Cancellation Policy

Bookings canceled more than 30 days in advance will receive full refund of the 50% deposit due at the time of booking. 


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Other Starshine Programs at Black Butte Ranch

Stargazing & Moongazing in the Big Meadow

Enjoy the brilliance of Black Butte Ranch's incredible night sky!  You'll listen to an ancient story about the stars, find constellations, find and learn about other interesting visible night sky objects, and look at visible planets through a 70mm beginners telescope (100 x's the human eye). Each participant will receive and learn how to use a sky map, specialized to the month of viewing. 

Special Full Moon programs also available!  You'll look at the details of the Moon through binoculars and a 70mm beginners telescope (100 x's the human eye). You'll also get to listen to an ancient story about the Moon and learn lots of cool Moon facts. 

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