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The Center awakens children of all ages to the discovery and awe of our natural world.

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WE NEED YOU!  Reconnecting kids  to nature takes a village and we can’t do it without you!

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Located in the beautiful Illinois Valley of Southern Oregon, we offer kids and families an interactive learning environment to learn all about nature as well as recreational activities for everyone to enjoy!  Butterfly Pavilion, Hummingbird Garden, Nature Discovery Play, Volunteer DaysWorkshops, Youth Programs, Internships.   Wildlife Preserve and Meadow available during events.

 Rusk Ranch Nature Center News  

Rusk Ranch Nature Center gratefully acknowledges the following major sponsors, foundations and event sponsors for their help and support in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015:  Southern Oregon SanitationOregon Caves ChateauMadd Moose,  The Craterian,  McGrews Restaurant,  Cabin Chemistry,   Shop Smart Foods,  Ray’s Food Place,    Trader Joe’s,   Albertson’s Allen Creek,   Spa at Club Northwest,   Oregon Country Fair,   Cascades Raptor Center,     Truffles from Heaven, Coffee Heaven,  Good Earth Organics,   The Carpenter Foundation, The Fourway Community Foundation, The Collins Foundation, Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, Illinois Valley Watershed Council, Harry & David, Cary’s of OregonDillon’s Nursery & Garden Center, Coffee Heaven, Evergreen Federal Bank, Shirley and Wayne Rusk, Kimberlie Lehman, Beth Stark and Diane Chirrick.

Check out other great family fun opportunities     Familydaysout.com 97523 things to do with kids    

The BUTTERFLY PAVILION, featuring native butterflies of Josephine County, is open May – October!

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Our commitment to transparency – Rusk Ranch Nature Center is a 
SILVER Guidestar Exchange Participant.

Rusk Ranch Nature Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, physical circumstances, age, status as a veteran, or national origin.


  • NATURE MATTERS!

    THANK YOU! for donating, sharing and emailing the link to our site! With deep gratitude,
    The Board and Volunteers of Rusk Ranch Nature Center.
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    At the center "Our policies and practices provide equal opportunity to all qualified individuals in leadership, staffing and service, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion and any status protected by law."
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    Butterfly Pavilion and center are CLOSED until Spring 2018!
    Thanks so much to all the lovely nature lovers who dropped by in 2017 !!!
    The Butterfly Pavilion, Hummingbird Garden & Natural Playground are usually open May - Oct, 10am to 4pm Wednesday through Sunday (UNLESS ITS RAINING! - Butterflies don't fly in the rain.). School groups can make appointments to visit - no charge for school groups over 10 students. The Natural Playground is a blast!
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    SUN School offers outdoor summer school for kids in our valley to prevent summer learning loss. There is no summer school option for elementary kids in our valley.

    Kids from more affluent areas that have summer enrichment for kids, do not fall behind over summer. Contribute today to support SUN School at the Nature Center!

    Give children in our community opportunities to explore nature, experience outdoor fun and do hands-on learning. Jump in and help us make it happen!

    CLICK on a donate button and make it happen!
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    BUTTERFLY FLYWAY PROJECT: Get native milkweed starts for your garden at your non-sprayed location. Order now in bulk for Spring 2018. Milkweed is disappearing all over the west coast due to spraying and removal – but Monarch Butterflies cannot exist without it! So their numbers are down dramatically also. Help us feed the wild Monarch caterpillars and support this amazing native species.

    GET INVOLVED! Help make kids nature programs available and build the new Oregon Nature & Environmental Discovery Center (O.N.E. Discovery) IF YOU ALREADY DONATED - THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!! Or click on the Volunteers button in the menu or read the section on volunteering in the Rusk Ranch Nature Center News – if you have a skill to share just let us know. : )

    At Rusk Ranch Nature Center we give children opportunities to explore nature, experience outdoor fun and do hands-on learning. Jump in and help us make it happen!
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    -- Click the DONATE button & Contribute today to support summer outdoor SUN School, to show how all nature is inter-connected and inter-dependent. YES WE CAN take checks: POB 872, Cave Junction, OR 97523 ~ AND Pledges- send pledge info by email: info@ruskranchnaturecenter.org : )

  • Rusk Ranch Nature Center Location

    Rusk Ranch Nature Center
    27746 Redwood Hwy
    Cave Junction, OR 97523

    Mailing address: RRNC, POBox 872, Cave Junction, OR 97523

    Email: info@ruskranchnaturecenter.org

    Phone: 541-287-2164

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