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OPENING May 25, 2017

Rusk Ranch Nature Center  POB 872,  27746 Redwood Hwy, Cave Junction OR 97534     541-287-2164

Check out the Butterfly Flyway Project and

the Nature Festival June 25!

Calendar of Coming Events 

 April    Butterfly Plants Sale @ Extension Office, Ringuette St, Grants Pass, OR,

May 21 Butterfly Plants Sale @IV Western Plaza Shopping Center (near True Value Hardware)

Saturdays March through May. Get the Nature Center Ready to Open Days!!!!!!  Volunteers party afterward.

Memorial Weekend May 25.. Open Butterfly Pavilion and Nature Center for the season.

Family Camps – Girls Build! – September 2017, call for details

 Sunday June 25…Nature Festival  10 am – 3 pm


 July – Aug– SUN School

VOLUNTEERS:  We are currently signing up people for the following:

~ Nature Festival Volunteer! Call now 541-287-0172 to see about opportunities for this great family event.

~ Butterfly Pavilion Docents:  Guide visitors through the Butterfly enclosure.

~ 2017 Butterfly Garden Intern: Help with gardening and caterpillar care.  Learn about how to grow milkweed and nectar plants for butterflies.

~ Event Elf: Event Elves decorate, connect to event sponsors and help present community events.

~ If you can only participate on a one-time-only basis, that’s fine too!  Just give us a call.  541-287-0172

There are many opportunities to be involved with the nature center throughout the year.  We are creating the Natural Playground with a variety of play features like cob play house, simulated natural stream and Hobbit Hill & slide.       Want to know more? Call 541-287-0172  or email us at info@ruskranchnaturecenter. org

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:          or



    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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