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PLAYA Great Basin Natural History Weekend (in partnership with High Desert Museum) — SOLD OUT

May 24 - May 26

Although this event is sold out at this time, we may be increasing the number of participants. If you are interested in attending, please call High Desert Museum Communications Manager Becca Burda at 541-382-4754 x300. Thank you!
Enjoy PLAYA’s Great Basin Natural History Weekend on May 24-26, 2019, in partnership with High Desert Museum. This is a guided tour of birding, geology, and archeological hotspots in Summer Lake and surroundings, led by renown ornithologist and PLAYA Board Member Dr. Pepper Trail. Enjoy and learn from the guided interpretive stops around Summer Lake Area and other sites as researched by Dr. Trail.
Dr. Trail is well known in Oregon birding circles, having been featured in articles in Audubon, National Geographic, and other birding and adventure journals. He’s been called the Sherlock Holmes of bird crime, as he works around the world in bird-crime investigative forensics. He’s also an accomplished, published poet and popular radio show host.
Schedule for May 24 – 26


  • 4  pm – 5 pm – Arrival and Check-in at Playa
  • 4 pm – 6 pm – Open Birding
  • 6 pm – Dinner together (provided) in Commons Building
  • 7 pm – Talk Introducing the Geology and Natural History of Oregon’s Great Basin 


  • Breakfast -On Your Own
  • Time TBD- Morning will be at Summer Lake Wildlife Management Area *
  • Lunch – Responsible for providing your own sack lunch
  • 3 pm – Paisley Cave and Lake Abert in the afternoon *
  • 6 pm – Dinner together (provided) in Commons Building
  • * snacks available


  • Breakfast – On Your Own 
  • 8 am – Return to Summer Lake Wildlife Management Area early (optional)
  • 11 am – Check-Out 
The $250 per-person fee ($400 double occupancy) includes a private cabin on the beautiful playa, Friday and Saturday night dinners in the PLAYA Commons building, and full in-cabin kitchen for preparing your own breakfasts and sack lunches.
Registration is limited to eight people on a first-come, first-serve basis, with full payment at the time of registration through the High Desert Museum website. For cancellations requested no later than two weeks in advance, the fee is refundable, minus a $25 administrative charge.
Cancelation Policy
If you need to make a registration cancellation, please call 541.943.3983 or email trina@playasummerlake.org
– Canceling a registration 21+ days prior to workshop = 100% refund less a $ 35 administrative fee
–  Canceling a registration 14-20 days before workshop = 50% refund less a $35 administrative fee
– There is no refund for registration cancelations made less than 14 days before the first day of the workshop.
– Refunds will be issued by check or Paypal
– Playa may cancel a workshop 14 days before the start date if enrollment is too low or if requested by the instructor. We will notify you, and you will receive a 100% refund.



May 24
May 26
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