Become a Member

Show your support by becoming a member of the Rusk Ranch Nature Center!


When you become a member you help the Rusk Ranch Nature Center provide outdoor activities, educational programs and workshops, interactive exhibits, and hands-on learning opportunities to residents of the community and visitors to Illinois Valley in Southern Oregon.  As a member, you become part of a community of people dedicated to developing an awareness and appreciation of nature in others.

It’s easy to become a member, simply click here to print the membership form.  Or you can become a member by clicking the yellow “Buy Now” button below now!
Join Us and Enjoy these Member Benefits!

Individual – $25
* Unlimited Complimentary General Admission for One Annually
* 1 Free Guest Pass Visit Annually
* Free Admission, Reduced Rates, or Priority Registration for Select Classes,Programs, and Special Events ~ Attend the quarterly Family Nature Scavenger Hunts!

Family – $35

* Unlimited Complimentary General Admission for the Whole Family Annually     (2 children and up to 2 adults)
* 1 Free Guest Pass Visit Annually
* Free Admission, Reduced Rates, or Priority Registration for Select Classes,
Programs, and Special Events ~ Attend the quarterly Family Nature Scavenger Hunts!

It’s easy to become a member, simply click here to print the membership form.  Or you can become a member by clicking the yellow “Buy Now” button below now!

Membership Level

This summer  Tommy visited the Butterfly Pavilion with his parents.   He giggled when a butterfly landed on his shirt and stayed there for 15 minutes.   He watched intently as the butterfly moved its long legs as it re-adjusted to the movements of his shirt.  He was amazed at all the small Pacific Tree Frogs that were hopping everywhere.

Tommy watching frogs

He learned how to very carefully catch one and release it onto a lily pad in the pond.   He came back for visits several times during the summer.  Tommy would lay down in the grass and watch at ground level as frogs jumped nearby.  Now he talks almost daily about revisiting the Nature Center.  The life of butterflies, how caterpillars eat and go through metamorphosis, what frogs eat, how they jump and how they start out as pollywogs – Tommy now talks about all these subjects with a tone of wonder and very focused curiosity.  They are not just pictures in a story book – but real experiences he has had interacting with the natural world.  These gentle memories have formed a strong connection for Tommy to the real world.  His experiences are affirming in a way that digital games, videos and social media cannot imitate.  These grounding experiences are what Rusk Ranch Nature Center is all about.

It’s why all of us – the board, the volunteers, staff and community partners are all working to support the Rusk Ranch Nature Center!

The Rusk Ranch Nature Center thanks our past and present members and donors for their generosity.

All annual contributions and membership fees are spent as operating support in the fiscal year in which they are given.

Leaving a Legacy for Illinois Valley:  As we plan this vision for the future to create a beautiful world class Nature Discovery Center for our community, consider the possibility of leaving a legacy gift to benefit our community.  Talk with your attorney or estate planner to make a charitable donation that will help connect children and adults to nature for generations to come.      Email the Executive Director:


    THANK YOU! for donating, sharing and emailing the link to our site! With deep gratitude,
    The Board and Volunteers of Rusk Ranch Nature Center.
    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."
    Butterfly Pavilion and center are currently CLOSED for the 2018 season. We re-open Memorial weekend 2019.
    Thanks so much to all the lovely nature lovers who dropped by in 2017 and 2018 !!!
    The Butterfly Pavilion, Hummingbird Garden & Natural Playground are usually open during the summer May to late Oct, 10am to 4pm Tuesday through Sunday (UNLESS ITS RAINING! - Butterflies don't fly in the rain.). School groups can make appointments to visit - no charge for school group children with over 10 students. The Natural Playground is a blast!
    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!

    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!
    -- 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: : )

  • 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


    Phone: 541-287-2164

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