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MALHEUR NAT'L WILDLIFE REFUGE, OREGON

Ornithology in Marsh, Mountain and High Desert

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Program #8503RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Elevations range from 4200' to 9000'.

Equipment Requirements
Bring your Binoculars!

Itinerary for Sep 4 — Sep 10, 2013

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Type: Field Station

Description: The Malheur Field Station (MFS) is an education and research facility located on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. For forty years MFS has served as a base for students, researchers, and visitors learning about and exploring this remote area rich in wildlife, rugged beauty, and cultural history. MFS originally was a Job Corps site, but in the early 1970's it was converted into a unique educational facility overseen by a consortium of colleges and universities. Today it is run by The Great Basin Society, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization. Highly qualified staff have lived on site for over fourteen years.

Contact info:
34848 Sodhouse Lane
Princeton, OR 97721 USA
phone: 541-493-2629
web: malheurfieldstation.org

Room amenities: Comfortable with basic furnishings (reading lamps, air-conditioned, etc). All rooms with windows.

Facility amenities: Field Station facilities that will/may be used by program participants include the Road Scholar dormitory (solar-heated water system, air-conditioned), classrooms, a unique Bookshop (sundries, wide range of books/fieldguides, local artwork), an audio-visual room (air-conditioned), a reference Library, Natural History Museum, laundry facilities, and a wonderful Dining Hall (nutritious meals, air-conditioned).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Men's/women's spacious bathroom facilities possibly shared by up to 8 people.

Additional nights before: Variable: please contact MFS
Contact the Malheur Field Station for details about our various accommodation options and their corresponding availability and cost.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Wednesday, September 04 -
Arrive To: Please plan to arrive at the Malheur Field Station after 3:00 pm. Check-in time 3:00-5:00 pm. (Main office, Malcolm Hall) Site orientation at 5:30 pm.

Dinner: We will dine at the Malheur Field Station itself or sample local restaurant cuisine.

Evening: Ice-breaker, General Introduction to Bird Watching and Great Basin Country, and review of specific Program Itinerary. THE PROGRAM SCHEDULE, BEING DEPENDENT UPON THE WEATHER AND WILDLIFE ACTIVITY, WILL BE KEPT FLEXIBLE.

Lodging: Malheur Field Station

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Field Station

Description: The Malheur Field Station (MFS) is an education and research facility located on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. For forty years MFS has served as a base for students, researchers, and visitors learning about and exploring this remote area rich in wildlife, rugged beauty, and cultural history. MFS originally was a Job Corps site, but in the early 1970's it was converted into a unique educational facility overseen by a consortium of colleges and universities. Today it is run by The Great Basin Society, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization. Highly qualified staff have lived on site for over fourteen years.

Contact info:
34848 Sodhouse Lane
Princeton, OR 97721 USA
phone: 541-493-2629
web: malheurfieldstation.org

Room amenities: Comfortable with basic furnishings (reading lamps, air-conditioned, etc). All rooms with windows.

Facility amenities: Field Station facilities that will/may be used by program participants include the Road Scholar dormitory (solar-heated water system, air-conditioned), classrooms, a unique Bookshop (sundries, wide range of books/fieldguides, local artwork), an audio-visual room (air-conditioned), a reference Library, Natural History Museum, laundry facilities, and a wonderful Dining Hall (nutritious meals, air-conditioned).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Men's/women's spacious bathroom facilities possibly shared by up to 8 people.

Additional nights before: Variable: please contact MFS
Contact the Malheur Field Station for details about our various accommodation options and their corresponding availability and cost.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Thursday, September 05 -
Breakfast: Full or Continental breakfast options depending on daily activity schedule. Also prepare custom sack lunches during this time.

Morning: Some days will offer pre-breakfast optional activity such as Sunrise Birding. Other days we will opt for an earlier breakfast and depart site for daily field trip. Post-breakfast: promptly prepare for field trip; Possibilities include exploring the Northern section of MNWR.

Lunch: Lunch in the field somewhere wonderful.

Dinner: We will dine at the Malheur Field Station itself or sample local restaurant cuisine.

Evening: Evening activities include a daily review and a lecture/presentation. Topics could include Bird Biology, Ecology, Conservation, Identification or other customized program of current interest. Some evenings may include free time or an optional short field trip.

Lodging: Malheur Field Station

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Field Station

Description: The Malheur Field Station (MFS) is an education and research facility located on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. For forty years MFS has served as a base for students, researchers, and visitors learning about and exploring this remote area rich in wildlife, rugged beauty, and cultural history. MFS originally was a Job Corps site, but in the early 1970's it was converted into a unique educational facility overseen by a consortium of colleges and universities. Today it is run by The Great Basin Society, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization. Highly qualified staff have lived on site for over fourteen years.

Contact info:
34848 Sodhouse Lane
Princeton, OR 97721 USA
phone: 541-493-2629
web: malheurfieldstation.org

Room amenities: Comfortable with basic furnishings (reading lamps, air-conditioned, etc). All rooms with windows.

Facility amenities: Field Station facilities that will/may be used by program participants include the Road Scholar dormitory (solar-heated water system, air-conditioned), classrooms, a unique Bookshop (sundries, wide range of books/fieldguides, local artwork), an audio-visual room (air-conditioned), a reference Library, Natural History Museum, laundry facilities, and a wonderful Dining Hall (nutritious meals, air-conditioned).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Men's/women's spacious bathroom facilities possibly shared by up to 8 people.

Additional nights before: Variable: please contact MFS
Contact the Malheur Field Station for details about our various accommodation options and their corresponding availability and cost.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Friday, September 06 -
Breakfast: Full or Continental breakfast options depending on daily activity schedule. Also prepare custom sack lunches during this time.

Morning: Some days will offer pre-breakfast optional activity such as Sunrise Birding. Post-breakfast: promptly prepare for field trip; possibilities include exploring middle section of MNWR.

Lunch: Lunch in the field somewhere interesting.

Dinner: We will dine at the Malheur Field Station itself or sample local restaurant cuisine.

Evening: Evening activities include a daily review and a lecture/presentation. Topics could include Bird Biology, Ecology, Conservation, Identification or other customized program of current interest. Some evenings may include free time or an optional short field trip.

Lodging: Malheur Field Station

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Field Station

Description: The Malheur Field Station (MFS) is an education and research facility located on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. For forty years MFS has served as a base for students, researchers, and visitors learning about and exploring this remote area rich in wildlife, rugged beauty, and cultural history. MFS originally was a Job Corps site, but in the early 1970's it was converted into a unique educational facility overseen by a consortium of colleges and universities. Today it is run by The Great Basin Society, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization. Highly qualified staff have lived on site for over fourteen years.

Contact info:
34848 Sodhouse Lane
Princeton, OR 97721 USA
phone: 541-493-2629
web: malheurfieldstation.org

Room amenities: Comfortable with basic furnishings (reading lamps, air-conditioned, etc). All rooms with windows.

Facility amenities: Field Station facilities that will/may be used by program participants include the Road Scholar dormitory (solar-heated water system, air-conditioned), classrooms, a unique Bookshop (sundries, wide range of books/fieldguides, local artwork), an audio-visual room (air-conditioned), a reference Library, Natural History Museum, laundry facilities, and a wonderful Dining Hall (nutritious meals, air-conditioned).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Men's/women's spacious bathroom facilities possibly shared by up to 8 people.

Additional nights before: Variable: please contact MFS
Contact the Malheur Field Station for details about our various accommodation options and their corresponding availability and cost.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Saturday, September 07 -
Breakfast: Full or Continental breakfast options depending on daily activity schedule. Also prepare custom sack lunches during this time.

Morning: Some days will offer pre-breakfast optional activity such as Sunrise Birding. Post-breakfast: promptly prepare for field trip; possibilities include exploring southern section of MNWR.

Lunch: Lunch in the field in the perfect spot.

Dinner: We will dine at the Malheur Field Station itself or sample local restaurant cuisine.

Evening: Evening activities include a daily review and a lecture/presentation. Topics could include Bird Biology, Ecology, Conservation, Identification or other customized program of current interest. Some evenings may include free time or an optional short field trip.

Lodging: Malheur Field Station

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Field Station

Description: The Malheur Field Station (MFS) is an education and research facility located on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. For forty years MFS has served as a base for students, researchers, and visitors learning about and exploring this remote area rich in wildlife, rugged beauty, and cultural history. MFS originally was a Job Corps site, but in the early 1970's it was converted into a unique educational facility overseen by a consortium of colleges and universities. Today it is run by The Great Basin Society, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization. Highly qualified staff have lived on site for over fourteen years.

Contact info:
34848 Sodhouse Lane
Princeton, OR 97721 USA
phone: 541-493-2629
web: malheurfieldstation.org

Room amenities: Comfortable with basic furnishings (reading lamps, air-conditioned, etc). All rooms with windows.

Facility amenities: Field Station facilities that will/may be used by program participants include the Road Scholar dormitory (solar-heated water system, air-conditioned), classrooms, a unique Bookshop (sundries, wide range of books/fieldguides, local artwork), an audio-visual room (air-conditioned), a reference Library, Natural History Museum, laundry facilities, and a wonderful Dining Hall (nutritious meals, air-conditioned).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Men's/women's spacious bathroom facilities possibly shared by up to 8 people.

Additional nights before: Variable: please contact MFS
Contact the Malheur Field Station for details about our various accommodation options and their corresponding availability and cost.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Sunday, September 08 -
Breakfast: Full or Continental breakfast options depending on daily activity schedule. Also prepare custom sack lunches during this time.

Morning: Some days will offer pre-breakfast optional activity such as Sunrise Birding. Post-breakfast: promptly prepare for field trip; possibities include exploring the spectacular surrounding area.

Lunch: Lunch in the field somewhere satisfying.

Dinner: We will dine at the Malheur Field Station itself or sample local restaurant cuisine.

Evening: Evening activities include a daily review and a lecture/presentation. Topics could include Bird Biology, Ecology, Conservation, Identification or other customized program of current interest. Some evenings may include free time or an optional short field trip.

Lodging: Malheur Field Station

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Field Station

Description: The Malheur Field Station (MFS) is an education and research facility located on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. For forty years MFS has served as a base for students, researchers, and visitors learning about and exploring this remote area rich in wildlife, rugged beauty, and cultural history. MFS originally was a Job Corps site, but in the early 1970's it was converted into a unique educational facility overseen by a consortium of colleges and universities. Today it is run by The Great Basin Society, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization. Highly qualified staff have lived on site for over fourteen years.

Contact info:
34848 Sodhouse Lane
Princeton, OR 97721 USA
phone: 541-493-2629
web: malheurfieldstation.org

Room amenities: Comfortable with basic furnishings (reading lamps, air-conditioned, etc). All rooms with windows.

Facility amenities: Field Station facilities that will/may be used by program participants include the Road Scholar dormitory (solar-heated water system, air-conditioned), classrooms, a unique Bookshop (sundries, wide range of books/fieldguides, local artwork), an audio-visual room (air-conditioned), a reference Library, Natural History Museum, laundry facilities, and a wonderful Dining Hall (nutritious meals, air-conditioned).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Men's/women's spacious bathroom facilities possibly shared by up to 8 people.

Additional nights before: Variable: please contact MFS
Contact the Malheur Field Station for details about our various accommodation options and their corresponding availability and cost.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Monday, September 09 -
Breakfast: Full or Continental breakfast options depending on daily activity schedule. Also prepare custom sack lunches during this time.

Morning: Some days will offer pre-breakfast optional activity such as Sunrise Birding. Post-breakfast: promptly prepare for field trip; possibilities include exploring the spectacular surrounding area north of site.

Lunch: Lunch in the field somewhere memorable.

Dinner: We will dine at the Malheur Field Station itself or sample local restaurant cuisine.

Evening: Program summary including final review and tally.

Lodging: Malheur Field Station

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Tuesday, September 10 -
Breakfast: Full or Continental breakfast options depending on activity schedule. Also prepare custom sack lunches during this time (optional).

Morning: Prepare to depart. Program ends after breakfast.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Malheur Field Station, Harney County, Oregon
Free timeThis area is vast and wildly inspirational. We would be happy to provide participants suggestions regarding local outdoor recreational activities and/or educational opportunities in the sciences and arts for any of their free time before, during or after their Road Scholar adventure at the Malheur Field Station

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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