Rusk Ranch Nature Center is a nonprofit organization in Cave Junction, Oregon with a mission to promote the wellbeing of the residents of our community and conserve nature. In 2007 the organization received a generous donation of 50 acres of rural property in the beautiful Illinois Valley of Southern Oregon.
There are large meadows, forests of pine, fir and cedar, as well as high country hardwoods. The West Fork of the Illinois River offers access to lower channeled areas rich with unique flora and fauna communities growing in an area of constant disturbance.
RRNC has a phased strategic plan that includes the creation of a Butterfly Pavilion featuring native butterflies, interpretive trails, restoration of wetlands, youth partnership programs, an interactive Nature Discovery Center with hands-on nature-based exhibits, youth sports fields, and a community & event center.
Rusk Ranch Nature Center goals include:
- Offer an interactive learning environment that features the unique flora and fauna of our area
- Create children’s programs that offer regular field trips and learning experiences.
- Become a destination venue to compliment other visitor sites in the area, thus enhancing the valley for visitors
The Mission of the Rusk Ranch Nature Center is to benefit the community and to provide opportunities for the public, particularly young people, to appreciate the natural world and instill a sense of stewardship toward the earth and its inhabitants, and preserve and conserve nature and wildlife.
We envision Rusk Ranch Nature Center as an inspiring place for interactive nature programs & exhibits and outdoor recreational activities, enhancing quality of life and fostering community pride.
Rusk Ranch Nature Center awakens children of all ages to the adventure, discovery and awe of our natural world. The center supports the mutually beneficial relationship between the human community and nature, restoring wetlands, creating habitat for wildlife, and providing protected areas for endangered species. A multitude of discovery opportunities are offered for children and families. The public is invited to enjoy the wonders of nature through indoor and outdoor interactive displays and experience the deep value of our interdependent living communities.
Rusk Ranch Nature Center is a multi-use, park-like facility, available for a diversity of activities; a place where people can spend the day; a place that is developed, supported and used by the community.
Board of Directors
Terry Davis, President
Diane Chirrick, Treasurer
Kimberlie Lehman, Secretary
Patricia Downing, Board Member, Executive Director