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Guided Nature Walks
Black Butte Ranch

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Explore Black Butte Ranch with Guided Nature Walks

Guided Nature Walks 

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. Kids and adults are welcome!


Please meet at the Lakeside Activity Center. We'll 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 approximately two hours long (2-3 miles, depending on the speed of the group) and limited to 12 participants. If you have a larger group please inquire about special accommodations. Programs will run rain, shine, or snow. 

Dates and Times

Winter Break

Tuesday December 27th  | 10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm

Wednesday December 28th |  10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm

Thursday December 29th |  10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm

Spring Break

Monday March 27th  | 10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm

Tuesday March 28th |  10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm

Thursday March 30th |  10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm

Friday March 31st |  10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm

*If a program is full or the scheduled dates don't work for you, please inquire about scheduling a private program to accommodate your group.*



$15/Kids ages 0-15; must be accompanied by an adult (pay for kids in a separate booking and use the code KIDS$15)

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Where to meet

At the Lakeside Activity Center (see map below).


Learn About Your Instructor

Check out Starshine's About Page to learn about our instructors. 

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

Response to COVID-19

Starshine, LLC. adheres to all current Oregon state guidelines. At this time masks are not required for participants. All programs take place outdoors except in the case of inclement weather.  The instructor has been vaccinated and boosted

Cancellation Policy

If the program cancels due to inclement weather or insufficient participation, all bookings will receive a full refund at the time of cancellation.  Bookings canceled more than three weeks in advance will receive full refund, otherwise a partial refund of 50% will be returned.


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