Private Guided Nature Walks
Black Butte Ranch
Explore Black Butte Ranch on a
Private Guided Nature Walk
"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!"
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
3. Confirm availability by checking the calendar below
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 use credit card with payment button
You'll pay the remainder of the program cost after the completion of the program.
Programs start at $100 per group of 1-4. Additional adults cost $20. Additional kids cost $15.
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
Appropriate footwear depending on conditions
Optional but encouraged
Response to COVID-19
Starshine, LLC. adheres to all current Oregon state guidelines. The instructor has been vaccinated and boosted.
Bookings canceled more than 30 days in advance will receive full refund of the 50% deposit due at the time of booking.
During the school year (September - mid June), I am possibly available on certain weekends and holidays, as well as M-F 9-2. I do not regularly update the calendar below with all of the unavailable times. Please request your ideal time, and I hope to accommodate you, but know that I may not be available.
Thank you for your understanding!
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.