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PASSPORT TO NATURE FAMILY OUTING: SPRING VALLEY STATE PARK
Oct
27
10:00 AM10:00

PASSPORT TO NATURE FAMILY OUTING: SPRING VALLEY STATE PARK

Explore nature close to home with a Straub Outdoors educator! This 90-minute guided outing will take participants through Spring Valley State Park, a few miles northwest of Keizer. Practice orienteering and learn about the plants, trees, and animals that live along Spring Valley Creek and the Willamette River. Join us for our final “Passport to Nature” family outing of the season!

Location: Meet at the Spring Valley State Park parking lot and look for our Straub Outdoors educator holding the Passport to Nature sign. Please arrive a few minutes early.

Cost: $5 for 1 child | $10 for 2 children | $15 for 3 or more children ages 3-11. Cash or check accepted. Includes a nature journal for each child.

To register, email info@straubcenter.org or call 503-779-5227.

(“Passport to Nature outings for the whole family!” photo courtesy of Straub Outdoors)

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NEARBY NATURE WALKS: FORAGING FAIR
Sep
30
1:00 PM13:00

NEARBY NATURE WALKS: FORAGING FAIR

Come visit us at the Sustainable Living Center’s Foraging Fair! We will be leading a series of 30-minute “Nearby Nature” walks for families attending the fair. Learn about what makes up the rich, riparian habitat along Pringle Creek! Stop by our booth inside Painters Hall to complete a fun nature art activity, find out about our upcoming programs and to join us for a “Nearby Nature” walk!

Cost: FREE to attend the Foraging Fair and our “Nearby Nature” walks.

To learn more, email info@straubcenter.org or call 503-779-5227.

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NEARBY NATURE WALKS: OPEN STREETS SALEM
Sep
22
11:00 AM11:00

NEARBY NATURE WALKS: OPEN STREETS SALEM

Come visit us at Open Streets Salem! We will be leading two, 30-minute “Nearby Nature” walks at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm for families attending the event. Learn about nature in your very own neighborhood! Stop by our booth at the Grant Community School Activity Hub to find out about our upcoming programs, create your own nature bookmark, and to join us for a “Nearby Nature” walk!

Cost: FREE to attend Open Streets Salem and our “Nearby Nature” walks.

To learn more, email info@straubcenter.org or call 503-779-5227.  

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PASSPORT TO NATURE FAMILY OUTING: JORYVILLE PARK
Sep
22
10:00 AM10:00

PASSPORT TO NATURE FAMILY OUTING: JORYVILLE PARK

Explore nature close to home with a Straub Environmental Center educator! This 90-minute guided outing will take participants through Joryville Park, a hidden gem in South Salem. Passport to Nature outings take place the 4th Saturday of each month through October. 

Location: Meet at the Joryville Park parking lot and look for our Straub Environmental Center educator holding the Passport to Nature sign. Please arrive a few minutes early

Cost: $5 for 1 child | $10 for 2 children | $15 for 3 or more children ages 3-11. Cash or check accepted. Includes a nature journal for each child.

To register, email info@straubcenter.org or call 503-779-5227.

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NEARBY NATURE WALKS: SALEM RIVER TO RIDGE
Sep
16
11:00 AM11:00

NEARBY NATURE WALKS: SALEM RIVER TO RIDGE

*Cancelled. Due to expected wind and rain showers throughout the day, we will not be providing “Nearby Nature” walks at this event. Sorry for any inconvenience!

Come visit us at the Salem River to Ridge After Party! We will be leading a series of 30-minute “Nearby Nature” walks at Noon, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm for families attending the event. Learn about the historic Silver Falls State Park and complete a nature scavenger hunt! Stop by our booth near Picnic Shelter B, in the South Falls Day Use Area, to find out about our upcoming programs, create your own nature bookmark, and to join us for a “Nearby Nature" walk!

Cost: FREE to attend our “Nearby Nature” walks. Learn more about participating in the Salem River to Ridge race here.

To learn more, email info@straubcenter.org or call 503-779-5227.

 

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CALL FOR YOUNG ARTISTS: WILLAMETTE VALLEY WILDLIFE EXHIBIT
Sep
15
to Nov 3

CALL FOR YOUNG ARTISTS: WILLAMETTE VALLEY WILDLIFE EXHIBIT

  • Straub Outdoors @ Willamette Heritage Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Deadline for art submissions: Saturday, November 3

All K-12 students in public, private, charter or homeschool are invited to submit one work of nature-themed art for a youth exhibition in our Eco Hub gallery at the Willamette Heritage Center.

Guidelines:

  • Artwork should depict a native animal (a mammal, bird, fish, insect, or other wild critter) that lives in the Willamette Valley.

  • Artwork can also portray a landscape in the Willamette Valley that shows where native animals live.

  • All art should be on paper, measure 8.5 x 11 inches, and be suitable to mount on a wall (sorry, no 3-D work or art on canvas).

  • Art will be mounted on foamcore for the exhibition and will be returned to each student after the exhibition end date.

  • This exhibit is open to the first 50 students who submit work; there is no fee to enter.

  • Submissions can be dropped off Friday, November 2, from 3:00-6:00 pm and on Saturday, November 3, from 12:00-5:00 pm or by appointment.

For more information, or to make a drop-off appointment, call Catherine Alexander at 503-302-4645 or email ExecutiveDirector@StraubCenter.org.

(“Dragonfly” by Vondra (age 6), Homeschool)

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NEARBY NATURE WALKS: HOMESCHOOL DAY
Sep
5
10:00 AM10:00

NEARBY NATURE WALKS: HOMESCHOOL DAY

Come visit us at the Oregon Garden’s Homeschool Day! We will be leading three, 30-minute “Nearby Nature” walks at 11:00 am, Noon and 1:00 pm for families attending the event. Learn about cultivated and wild spaces and visit the 400-year-old Signature Oak tree! Stop by our booth to find out about our upcoming programs, create your own nature bookmark, and to join us for a fun “Nearby Nature” walk!

Cost: Check the Oregon Garden Website for event admission prices. “Nearby Nature” walks are offered at no additional cost.

To learn more, email info@straubcenter.org or call 503-779-5227.

 

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PASSPORT TO NATURE: WILLAMETTE MISSION STATE PARK
Aug
25
10:00 AM10:00

PASSPORT TO NATURE: WILLAMETTE MISSION STATE PARK

Explore nature close to home with a Straub Environmental Center educator! This 90-minute guided outing will take participants through Willamette Mission State Park, just north of Keizer. Join us to look for the critters of Mission Lake and to learn about Grandpa Cottonwood! Passport to Nature outings take place the 4th Saturday of each month through October.  

Location: Meet at the Mission Lake A parking lot and look for our Straub Environmental Center educator holding the Passport to Nature sign. Please arrive a few minutes early. Park map

Cost: $5 for 1 child | $10 for 2 children | $15 for 3 or more children ages 3-12. Cash or check accepted. Includes a nature journal for each child.

To register, email info@straubcenter.org or call 503-779-5227.

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NEARBY NATURE WALKS: ENGLEWOOD FOREST FESTIVAL
Aug
11
11:00 AM11:00

NEARBY NATURE WALKS: ENGLEWOOD FOREST FESTIVAL

Come visit us at the Englewood Forest Festival! We will be leading a series of 30-minute Nearby Nature walks at Noon, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm for families attending the festival. Learn about the park’s Douglas-firs, Oregon white oaks, and visit the Englewood Garden. Stop by our booth to complete a fun nature art activity, find out about our upcoming programs and to join us for a Nearby Nature walk! Hablamos español. 

Cost: FREE to attend the Englewood Forest Festival and our Nearby Nature walks.

To learn more, email info@straubcenter.org or call 503-779-5227.

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NEARBY NATURE WALKS: RIVERFRONT FAMILY FEST
Aug
4
10:00 AM10:00

NEARBY NATURE WALKS: RIVERFRONT FAMILY FEST

Come visit us at Family Building Blocks' Riverfront Family Fest! We will be leading two, 30-minute Nearby Nature walks at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm for families attending the festival. Learn about the vast Willamette River and the plants and birds that live near the water. Stop by our booth on the west side of the park to find out about our upcoming programs, enter to win a nature SWAG bag and to join us for a fun Nearby Nature walk! 

Cost: FREE to attend the Riverfront Family Fest and our Nearby Nature Walks. 

To learn more, email info@straubcenter.org or call 503-779-5227. 

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PASSPORT TO NATURE: MINTO BROWN
Jul
28
10:00 AM10:00

PASSPORT TO NATURE: MINTO BROWN

*FYI: The meeting place has changed to Parking Lot #3.

Explore nature close to home with a Straub Environmental Center educator! This 90-minute guided outing will highlight the wetland creatures that call this park home. Search for animal tracks as we explore the Willamette Slough. This outing will take place weather permitting; please bring shoes and clothing suitable for wet and muddy conditions, water, and a snack. Passport to Nature outings take place on the 4th Saturdays of each month through October. 

Location: Meet at Parking Lot #3 off of Minto Island Rd. and look for our Straub Environmental Center educator holding the Passport to Nature sign. Please arrive a few minutes early. 

Cost: $5 for 1 child | $10 for 2 children | $15 for 3 or more children ages 4-17. Cash or check accepted. Includes a nature journal for each child. Adults and children 3 and under are free. 

To register, call 503-779-5227 or email education@straubcenter.org. 

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WILD TRACKERS CAMP: FOR KIDS ENTERING GRADES 4-7
Jul
16
to Jul 20

WILD TRACKERS CAMP: FOR KIDS ENTERING GRADES 4-7

  • Eco Hub @ Willamette Heritage Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Explore nature this summer! Wild Trackers, our week-long summer day camp for students entering grades 4-7, provides hands-on experiences to learn about our Willamette Valley environment and natural resources. 

With a teacher-student ratio of 1:5 and a small-group environment, our campers enjoy in-depth learning experiences through daily field trips to local parks and natural areas in the Willamette Valley including Drift Creek Falls, Savanna Haven, and Wildwood Recreation Site.  At these sites they will carry-out scientific investigations and learn how to be good stewards of the natural world. This camp includes an overnight camp-out on Thursday night. 

Location: The drop-off/pick-up location for each day is at the Eco Hub. 

Tuition: $275/child. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. 

Applications: Open until filled. Click here to download an application or apply in-person at the Eco Hub, Tuesday-Thursday, from 12-5 pm. 

For additional information, email education@straubcenter.org or call 503-779-5227

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NATURE RANGERS CAMP: FOR KIDS ENTERING GRADES 2-3
Jul
9
to Jul 13

NATURE RANGERS CAMP: FOR KIDS ENTERING GRADES 2-3

  • Eco Hub @ Willamette Heritage Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

School's out, now let's get outside to learn! Nature Rangers, our week-long summer day camp for students entering grades 2-3, inspires curiosity, cooperation and multi-sensory connections with nature.

With a teacher-student ratio of 1:5 and a small-group environment, our campers enjoy in-depth learning experiences through daily field trips to local parks and natural areas in the Willamette Valley including North Santiam State Park, Pioneer Park and Pringle Creek Community.

Location: The drop-off/pick-up location for each day is at the Eco Hub.

Tuition: $235/child. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available.

Applications: Open until filled, click here to download an application or apply in-person at the Eco Hub, Tuesday-Thursday, from 12-5 pm.

To learn more, email education@straubcenter.org or call 503-779-5227

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PASSPORT TO NATURE: FAMILY OUTING
Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

PASSPORT TO NATURE: FAMILY OUTING

Explore nature close to home with a Straub Environmental Center educator! This 90-minute guided outing for the whole family will highlight the animals, trees and plants that live in the park. Meet the critters of Glen Creek and Grandpa Oak Tree. Learn about our local Brush Rabbits as we walk through rabbit meadow. This outing will take place weather permitting; please bring shoes and clothing suitable for wet conditions, water and a snack. Passport to Nature outings take place on the 4th Saturdays of each month through October. 

Cost: Cost: $5 for 1 child | $10 for 2 children | $15 for 3 or more children ages 4-17. Includes a nature journal for each child. Adults and children 3 and under are free. 

Location: Meet at the main parking lot and look for the Passport to Nature sign. Please arrive a few minutes early. 

To register, call 503-779-5227 or email info@straubcenter.org

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APPLICATIONS OPEN: SUMMER NATURE CAMPS (GRADES 2-7)
May
1
to Jun 30

APPLICATIONS OPEN: SUMMER NATURE CAMPS (GRADES 2-7)

  • Eco Hub @ Willamette Heritage Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Applications open: Tuesday, May 1 | Deadline: Open until filled

If your child loves nature, our one-week day camps (8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday) offer outdoor educational activities led by natural science educators in a fun, supportive environment: 

Nature Rangers: July 9-13, 2018 | Students entering Grades 2-3 (Tuition: $235/child) 

Wild Trackers: July 16-20, 2018 | Students entering Grades 4-7 (Tuition: $275/child) 

Each camp is limited to 10 participants. Camp for Grades 4-7 will include an overnight camp-out on Thursday night.

To apply, visit our summer camp web page  or drop by the Eco Hub  (Tuesday-Thursday, Noon-5pm) to apply in person. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available.

For more information, email education@straubcenter.org or call 503-779-5227. 

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