Membership & Donation Options

Here’s how you can help and join in the fun!..

1.  Become an ANGEL! – Angels are helpers who contribute a monthly amount to help the center as we move toward building the Nature Discovery Center.

2.  Donate $25, $35 or $100 to be a MEMBER of Rusk Ranch Nature Center!

$25 = Individual membership
$35 = Family of 4
Benefits include family nature scavenger hunt days at the center, free admission to the Butterfly Pavilion, invitations to special events.
$100 = Community Benefactor or Business Sponsor
Benefits include all of the above plus a permanent brick engraved acknowledgement, honoring the gift or a loved one, installed at the center.

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.   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.

Tommy watching frogs

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.
You are a part of creating these experiences for families and children.  Your help has made it possible to start the Butterfly Pavilion and the Nature Center.   If you donated, volunteered or visited the center in 2012 or 2013, Thank you so very much for making this progress possible!


    THANK YOU! for donating, sharing and emailing the link to our site! With deep gratitude,
    The Board and Volunteers of Rusk Ranch Nature Center.
    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 Pavilion and center are OPEN for 2017 season!
    Thanks so much to all the lovely nature lovers who dropped by this year already !!!
    The Butterfly Pavilion, Hummingbird Garden & Natural Playground are open May - Oct, 11am 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 groups over 10 students. 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 2017-18. 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, Recycle activity 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 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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