Campaign to fund the Hands-On Exhibits at the new                              Nature Discovery Center.

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WE NEED YOU!  Reconnecting kids  to nature takes a village and we can’t do it without you!  Rusk Ranch Nature Center awakens children of all ages to the adventure, discovery and awe of our natural world.      SPONSOR AN EXHIBIT:

SOIL IS ALIVE Exhibit ~ $25 ~ More than 1 million organisms in a handful of soil! They all work to deliver food to roots, retain water and support above ground life. Acknowledgement: “Got Milkweed?” bumpersticker/sign and milkweed seeds. ( Exhibit total $5,000.)                                                    

WATER IS LIFE Exhibit ~ $50 ~ All life on earth needs water. Acknowledgement: Honor a loved one or your name on a leaf on the Web of Life wall, Raffle ticket for an original Terry Davis sculptured bowl. (Total Exhibit cost $5,000)

TALKING TREES Exhibit ~ $100 ~ Demonstrates how trees talk to each other and interact with soil, micro-organisms, animals and people. Acknowledgement: Honor a loved one or your name on a leaf on the Web of Life wall, Raffle ticket for an original Terry Davis sculptured bowl and Butterfly Garden in a Box Kit. (Total Exhibit cost $5,000.)

WEB OF LIFE Exhibit ~ $500 ~ All life on earth is inter-connected and inter-dependent. Sponsors for the over all exhibit theme in this category may honor a loved or have their name placed as a Foundation Soil supporter on the permanent Web of Life Mural, a Raffle ticket and Butterfly Garden in a Box Kit. Or sponsors may request an individualized room or exhibit naming opportunity. (Total Exhibit cost $5,000.)


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, Trails, Garden, Nature Discovery Play, Large Meadow, Woodlands, Wetland, Volunteer DaysWorkshops, Youth Programs, Internships. 

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Rusk Ranch Nature Center gratefully acknowledges the following major sponsors, foundations and event sponsors for their help and support in 2012, 2013 & 2014:  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, Shirley and Wayne Rusk, Kimberlie Lehman, 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 – September! The Nature Center is open until mid-November.

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  • NATURE MATTERS! $10K in 10 Days!

    THANK YOU! for donating, sharing and emailing the link to our site! YOU DID IT! You made the $10K goal of our first-ever crowd funding campaign!
    This is the first "brick" to build the interactive Nature Discovery Center.
    THANK YOU so very much to our Lead match donor and to the generous Secondary match donors, and most especially to all the wonderful people in the community, to friends in other cities & states,
    and particularly our Angels, who are all able to see the dream and made this a success! You are so incredible!
    We will be in touch about the inscription that you want on your Leaf on the Web of Life wall at the center.
    If you missed the opportunity - its not too late - just click the DONATE button to your left. (We still have 90% to raise!)

    Have a Warm & Wonderful Holiday and New Year!
    With deep gratitude,
    The Board and Volunteers of Rusk Ranch Nature Center.
    -- Click the DONATE button & Contribute today to create the interactive Exhibits at the new Nature Discovery Center, 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 : )

    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!
    The Butterfly Pavilion & Natural Playground are CLOSED for drop in for the season now. School groups can still make appointments to visit - no charge for school groups over 10 students. While the weather is nice the Natural Playground is a blast!

    BUTTERFLY PLANTS: We sell milkweed plants, seeds of 3 types of milkweed and starts of local milkweed. Call 541-287-0172 to get yours. They attract butterflies like crazy and Monarchs can only lay eggs on milkweed.

    BUTTERFLY FLYWAY PROJECT: Get native milkweed starts for your garden at your non-sprayed location. Order now in bulk for Spring 2016. 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.

    NATURE & ART FESTIVAL; Free family fun in nature - Arts, Crafts, Music, Recycle show, Pollinator game, Salmon Journey water play, Last weekend in June ~ Call 541-287-0172 for info or vendor packet.

    GET INVOLVED! Help make kids nature programs available and build the new Nature Discovery Playground. 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!

  • 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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