SUN School

Please consider supporting our Summer Nature School with a donation

Sun School is a fun 4-week Outdoor Program.  It takes place at Rusk Ranch Nature Center with a Certified K-12 Instructor. The program features Natural History, Reading, Writing, Theater, and more, all to help prevent summer learning loss.

The students had a great time during our first summer (in 2016), and we’ve made some changes/improvements for our second summer. This year students entering Grades 1, 2, 3 in the Fall will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays (July 17-Aug 9), while students entering Grades 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays (July 18-Aug 10). Each day runs from 9am to 2pm.

Please note: Our program is tentatively full. We will keep the registration open to provide a wait list, in the event that students need to drop out. To be added to our wait list, click right here: REGISTRATION, fill in the form, and hit submit! This is the quickest way to get your name on our list (important when spots are limited and can fill up fast). BUT we will still need you to complete some paperwork. Forms can be downloaded here: 2017 form packet.

After you register, we will follow up with more information (such as drop-off times, any items you should send your kids with, etc.), though expect that a little closer to summer. You can also visit our Facebook page: Sun School in IV or send an email to You can also phone Ryan at 541-415-8534.

Thank you and we look forward to this year’s program!





    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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