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Spring Arrival Weekend – Sold Out

April 26 - April 28

Spring Arrival | Birding in Summer Lake, Oregon

Join PLAYA, Oregon Natural Desert Association, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife on April 26 – 28th, Friday to Sunday, to celebrate the spring arrival of the migration to the Oregon Outback! Craig and Marilyn Miller and Marty St. Louis (aka “The Duck Commander” of the Summer Lake Wildlife Area) will be offering tours. PLAYA’s very own Facilities Manager, bird and GIS/GPS expert Mark Hedrick, will present on tech use for birding and PLAYA’s participation in Audubon’s Climate Watch. The cost of the weekend includes:

  • Lodging for two nights at PLAYA in one of our cabins
  • Healthy, fresh, mostly organic dinner Saturday night
  • Basic kitchen in your private cabin
  • Presentation Friday evening by Mary St. Louis on preserve management related to non-hunted wildlife
  • Tour of Summer Lake Wildlife Area Saturday morning with Marty St. Louis and Mark Hedrick
  • Birding tour with Craig and Marilyn Miller in the Fremont National Forest or Chewaucan Marsh (limited to 10 people)
  • Salon/ workshop with Mark Hedrick on using technology for birding including Audubon’s Climate Watch
  • Van transportation during birding tours
  • Access to the Commons Building, which includes a chef’s kitchen, reference and artists’ library, yoga room projector and screens, grand fireplace inside, and outdoor fire pit

Itinerary: Friday

  • 1 to 3 p.m. — check-In
  • Dinner on your own
  • 7 p.m. — Marty St. Louis presentation


  • Breakfast on your own
  • 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. — Marty and Mark tour of Summer Lake Wildlife Area
  • Lunch on your own
  • Afternoon — Open birding
  • Dinner together at Commons
  • 7 p.m. — Mark talk on tech for birders and Audubon climate watch
  • Breakfast on your own
  • a.m. time TBD — Craig and Marilyn Miller forest birding or at Chewaucan Marsh
  • noon — check-out


  • Single occupancy — $375
  • Double occupancy — $550

Please register by following this link. Please note that this event is limited to 10 people and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Upon registration you will receive a “Know Before You Go” document, confirm of your payment, and PLAYA’s liability waiver for your signature. More Information on the presenters here: Marty St. Louis

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.


April 26
April 28
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