NATURE ART EXHIBIT: BIRDS OF OREGON
Aug
9
to Nov 29

NATURE ART EXHIBIT: BIRDS OF OREGON

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View the birds of Oregon through the eyes of Willamette Valley resident, avid birder, and talented painter, Jon Janosik. Inspired directly by nature, Janosik masterfully blends his portraits of birds and their natural landscapes. Janosik’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide, including Japan’s Moji Art Gallery, Kobe Museum and Kirritappu Wetland Center, the British Museum in London, the Smithsonian, and the Carnegie Museum. Janosik treasures the accessibility to “wildness” in Oregon, noting that there is enough subject matter in Oregon to keep him painting for many lifetimes.

This exhibit is free and open to the public. Regular viewing hours at the Eco Hub are Tuesday-Thursday, from 12-5 pm.

The Salem Audubon Society will be holding a Birder’s Night talk with Jon Janosik on September 11. Check their website for details. 

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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. Search for the critters of Jory Creek and explore the park’s winding trails! 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: 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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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: 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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OUT-AND-ABOUT NATURE HIKE: HUCKLEBERRIES AT HAWK MOUNTAIN
Sep
8
9:00 AM09:00

OUT-AND-ABOUT NATURE HIKE: HUCKLEBERRIES AT HAWK MOUNTAIN

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Straub Environmental Center educators and members of the Willamette Valley Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon will lead an all-day hike to munch on ripe huckleberries and view the late summer flowers of Hawk Mountain, near Detroit. This 4-mile roundtrip hike (with 900 feet of elevation gain) features old growth Mountain Hemlock, stunning views of Mt. Jefferson, and one of the last standing fire lookout cabins in Oregon. Bring a sack lunch, water, and appropriate foot gear and clothing.

Location: Meet in the parking lot at the Willamette Heritage Center (1313 Mill St. SE Salem, OR 97301) at 9:00 am. Transportation will be provided to and from the trailhead.

Cost: $5 for Native Plant Society of Oregon members and $10 for non-members. Space is limited to 10 participants ages 12 and up. Pre-registration is required. Cash or check accepted.

For more information and to register, email john@straubcenter.org or call 503-779-5414.

 (“Mountain Huckleberry” photo courtesy of Flickr user Katja Schulz)

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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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WILDFLOWER WALK: ANVIL LAKE & BLACK WOLF MEADOWS
Aug
11
9:00 AM09:00

WILDFLOWER WALK: ANVIL LAKE & BLACK WOLF MEADOWS

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Straub Environmental Center educators and members of the Willamette Valley Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon will lead an all-day hike to view the wildflowers of Anvil Lake, in the Mount Hood National Forest. This 2.6-mile roundtrip hike (with light elevation gain) passes through old-growth forest, the beautiful Black Wolf Meadows, and ends at a secluded lake. Discover moisture-loving wildflowers such as bog laurel and explorer’s gentian and taste wild huckleberries! Bring a sack lunch, water, and appropriate foot gear and clothing.

Location: Meet in the parking lot at the Willamette Heritage Center (1313 Mill St. SE) at 9:00 am. The group will depart in a passenger van at 9:15.

Cost: $5 for Native Plant Society of Oregon members and $10 for non-members. Space is limited to ten participants ages 12-adult. Pre-registration is required. Cash or check accepted.

To register and for more information, email John Savage at john@straubcenter.org or call 503-779-5414.

 

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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

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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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WILDFLOWER WALK: BUGABOO RIDGE
Jul
14
9:00 AM09:00

WILDFLOWER WALK: BUGABOO RIDGE

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Straub Environmental Center educators and members of the Willamette Valley Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon will lead an all-day hike to view the wildflowers of Bugaboo Ridge, one of the premier wildflower hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades. 

This four-mile roundtrip hike (with moderate elevation gain) passes through forest and dry, moist, and wet meadows featuring great views of Mt. Jefferson. Bring a sack lunch, water and appropriate foot gear and clothing. 

Location: Meet in the parking lot at the Willamette Heritage Center (1313 Mill St. SE Salem, OR 97301) at 9:00 am. Transportation will be provided to and from the trailhead. 

Cost: $10 for Native Plant Society of Oregon and David Douglas Society members, $15 for non-members. Cash or check accepted. Space is limited to ten participants, ages 12-adult, and pre-registration is required. 

To register and for more information, call John Savage at 503-779-5414 or email john@straubcenter.org

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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

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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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WILDFLOWER WALK: MT. HEBO COAST RANGE
Jun
9
9:00 AM09:00

WILDFLOWER WALK: MT. HEBO COAST RANGE

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Straub Environmental Center educators will lead an all-day, family-friendly hike to view the rare Coast Range Fawn Lily, Davidson's Penstemon, Rusty Saxifrage and other wildflowers of Mt. Hebo, near Grande Ronde. This 3-mile roundtrip nature walk (with 300 feet of elevation gain) also features a stunning view of the ocean and a possible sighting of the Fender's Blue butterfly. Bring foot gear and clothing suitable for wet conditions, a sack lunch and water. 

Location: Meet at 9:00 am in the parking lot at the Willamette Heritage Center. Transportation will be provided to and from the trailhead. 

Cost: $10 for Native Plant Society of Oregon and David Douglas Society members, $15 for non-members. Cash or check accepted. Space is limited to ten participants, ages 12-adult, and pre-registration is required. 

To register and for more information, call John Savage at 503-779-5414 or email john@straubcenter.org

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PASSPORT TO NATURE FAMILY OUTING: "BIRDS, SQUIRRELS AND BLOSSOMS"
May
26
10:00 AM10:00

PASSPORT TO NATURE FAMILY OUTING: "BIRDS, SQUIRRELS AND BLOSSOMS"

Explore nature close to home with a Straub Environmental Center educator! This guided outing for the whole family will highlight the birds, squirrels and blossoms that live in the park. Learn how the Kalapuya people once harvested camas wildflower bulbs for food and how some squirrels build "squirrel condos" high up in the trees while others burrow deep into the ground. This outing will take place weather permitting; please bring sturdy shoes, rain coats, water and a snack. 

Cost: $15 per family and includes field journals for kids 4-17. Check or cash accepted. 

Location: Meet at the base of the Derby Track near the Mission Street parking lot.

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

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NATURE TALK: THE HISTORY OF BOTANICAL ART
May
17
6:00 PM18:00

NATURE TALK: THE HISTORY OF BOTANICAL ART

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Since ancient Egypt, artists around the world have produces beautifully accurate pictures of plants to pass on knowledge for medicinal, culinary, warfare, and material purposes. Learn about the fascinating history of botanical art from Janet Parker, founder and President of Oregon Botanical Artists. Salem-based artist Aislinn Adams will also offer her thoughts on botanical art through stories about her personal pathway to becoming an illustrator. Reception to follow. Sponsored by the Willamette Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon. Seating is limited. No registration or RSVP required. 

Cost: $5 suggested donation per person at the door. 

For more information, contact John Savage at john@straubcenter.org or 503-779-5414

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WILDFLOWER WALK: THE HIDDEN MEADOW AT SILVER FALLS STATE PARK
May
12
1:15 PM13:15

WILDFLOWER WALK: THE HIDDEN MEADOW AT SILVER FALLS STATE PARK

John Savage of the Willamette Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon (NPSO) and Catherine Alexander of the Straub Environmental Center and David Douglas Society will lead a family-friendly hike to view the camas, cluster lilies, monkey flowers and other native plants in a beautiful remote meadow at Silver Falls State Park. This is a rain-or-shine event. Bring water, snacks, and appropriate foot gear and clothing for wet conditions. Space is limited to ten participants ages 10 and older. Pre-registration is required. 

Location: Meet at Noon in the parking lot at the Willamette Heritage Center (1313 Mill Street SE Salem, OR 97301) to carpool (or) meet at 1:15 pm in the South Falls Lodge parking lot at Silver Falls State Park. 

Cost: $5 suggested donation per person if you're driving your own vehicle (free to members of the NPSO and the David Douglas Society) (or) $10 if you would like to ride in the shuttle van from the Willamette Heritage Center to the park and back. 

To register and for more information, contact John Savage at john@straubcenter.org or 503-779-5414

 

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CANCELLED | ECO EXPLORERS: "WEEKEND EDITION" FIELD TRIP
May
5
10:00 AM10:00

CANCELLED | ECO EXPLORERS: "WEEKEND EDITION" FIELD TRIP

*Hello! We are cancelling our Eco Explorers: "Weekend Edition" program, we apologize for any inconvenience. Based upon popular request, we are restructuring/combining our weekend community programs and introducing Passport to Nature for the whole family! At just $15 per family, we want to invite people of all ages to spend time and learn about nature in nearby parks and natural areas. Join us Saturday, May 26th at Bush's Pasture Park with the whole family! 

Designed for ages 7-13, this guided day trip blends discovery, learning and outdoor fun! Explore riverside habitats with Straub Environmental Center educators. Catch and release aquatic insects, study cottonwood trees, and create nature art. Bring a sack lunch. This outing will take place weather permitting; bring a rain coat and waterproof shoes. Eco Explorers weekend field trips are offered on the first Saturdays of each month through October.

Location: Meet at the Filbert Grove Day Use Shelter.

Cost: $20/child (includes a nature journal and field bag).

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

 

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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)

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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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PASSPORT TO NATURE: FAMILY OUTING (TWO SESSIONS)
Apr
28
10:00 AM10:00

PASSPORT TO NATURE: FAMILY OUTING (TWO SESSIONS)

Designed for parents/caregivers with children ages 4-6, this family-friendly outing includes a 90-minute guided visit to the oak grove and camas meadow across from the State Fairgrounds with a Straub Environmental Center educator. Please arrive a few minutes early; outings will depart promptly at the start times. Passport to Nature outings take place on the 4th Saturdays of each month April – October.

First Session: 10:00 am-11:30 am 

Second Session: 2:00 pm-3:30 pm 

Cost: $10/child (includes a nature journal and field bag). Parents, caregivers and younger siblings ages 3 and under are free.

Location: Meet in front of the Jackman Long Building at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. For a map of the fairgrounds, visit Oregon Fairgrounds Map

To register, email Info@StraubCenter.org or call 503-779-5227. 

 

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NATURE TALK: ILLAHE-KEMTEKS—WEAVING NORTHWEST PLANTS & CULTURES
Apr
18
6:00 PM18:00

NATURE TALK: ILLAHE-KEMTEKS—WEAVING NORTHWEST PLANTS & CULTURES

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Join Grand Ronde tribal member and traditional basket weaver Stephanie Craig as she presents the complex story of Western Oregon tribes. From the era of removal from traditional lands to the cultural revitalization of today, Craig traces the resiliency of Native people and cultures through traditional basket making using native plants. As a member of several regional indigenous tribes, Craig is passionate about her responsibility to educate and document cultural heritage and traditions.

This presentation is a partnership with the Willamette Valley Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon. This is a “special edition” Nature Talk; upcoming Nature Talks will take place on the third Thursdays of each month November – May.

Cost: $5 suggested donation at the door. 

No registration or RSVP required.

For more information, contact John Savage at John@StraubCenter.org or at 503-779-5414. 

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WILDFLOWER WALK: HOWARD CREEK TRAIL
Apr
14
9:00 AM09:00

WILDFLOWER WALK: HOWARD CREEK TRAIL

Join Aislinn Adams of the Willamette Valley chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon on a family-friendly walk in search of calypso orchids (Calypso bulbosa) and other early-blooming wildflowers on the Howard Creek trail at Silver Falls State Park. Bring water and lunch and appropriate footwear and clothing for an early spring flower walk. This is a rain-or-shine event. Registration required. Wildflower Walks are offered on the second Saturdays of each month April – October. 

Location: Meet in the parking lot at the Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill Street SE, Salem at 9:00 am. We will carpool to the park from there.

Cost: $5 suggested donation.

To register, contact John Savage at John@StraubCenter.org or at 503-779-5414.

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NATURE ART EXHIBIT: OREGON BOTANICAL ARTISTS
Apr
12
to Jul 31

NATURE ART EXHIBIT: OREGON BOTANICAL ARTISTS

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See native plants through the eyes of some of Oregon’s talented botanical artists. This exhibit is a partnership with the David Douglas Society, Oregon Botanical Artists (guild) and the Willamette Valley Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon. This exhibit was organized in conjunction with the Worldwide Day of Botanical Art, which took place on May 18, 2018. This exhibit is free and open to the public. On view through July 31. 

Regular viewing hours are Tuesdays-Thursdays, Noon-5:00 pm.

For more information, visit www.oba-artists.com

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CANCELLED | ECO EXPLORERS: "WEEKEND EDITION" FIELD TRIP
Apr
7
10:00 AM10:00

CANCELLED | ECO EXPLORERS: "WEEKEND EDITION" FIELD TRIP

*Update: Unfortunately, this Eco Explorers trip is cancelled due to expected heavy rain and high wind. Our next Eco Explorers weekend trip is scheduled for Saturday, May 5th. If you have any questions email info@straubcenter.org or call 503-779-5227. 

Designed for ages 7-13, this guided day trip blends discovery, learning and outdoor fun! Explore native riverside habitats with Straub Environmental Center educators. Hear stories of the people who helped shape life in the Willamette Valley. Catch and release aquatic insects, study cottonwood trees, and create art that celebrates the beauty of this landscape. This is a rain-or-shine event; bring a raincoat and waterproof shoes. Bring a sack lunch. Eco Explorers weekend field trips are offered on the first Saturdays of each month April – October.

Cost: $25/child (includes a nature journal and field bag). 

To register, email Info@StraubCenter.org or call 503-779-5227.

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NATURE TALK: "SAVING THE SEA OTTERS"
Mar
15
6:00 PM18:00

NATURE TALK: "SAVING THE SEA OTTERS"

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Sea otters were once common in the Oregon coast but were hunted to extinction more than a century ago.  Learn about the history of sea otters in Oregon, their ecological and cultural importance, their disappearance, and the prospects for their return and recovery. Presenter:  Robert Bailey, Board President, Elakha Alliance & retired manager of the Oregon Coastal Management Program. The Elakha Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration and conservation of sea otters and the health of Oregon’s nearshore marine ecosystem. 

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NATURE TALK: "ALPS ADVENTURE"
Feb
15
6:00 PM18:00

NATURE TALK: "ALPS ADVENTURE"

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Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and the Eiger—in just two weeks! The Straub Environmental Center will be hosting local Chemeketan Club mountain climbers—Scott Phillips, Jate Rademaker and Aislinn Adams—as they share their July 2016 adventure story  of their attempt to climb these three, legendary peaks in the European Alps.

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NATURE TALK: “FISH TALES”  TRADITIONS AND CHALLENGES OF SEAFOOD IN OREGON
Jan
11
6:00 PM18:00

NATURE TALK: “FISH TALES” TRADITIONS AND CHALLENGES OF SEAFOOD IN OREGON

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Oregonians love local food, but finding truly local fish can be hard, even on the coast. We’re now much more aware of ethically grown meat and vegetables, but seafood remains somewhat mysterious. How does that crab get from the ocean to our table, and what’s the true cost of cheap salmon at the grocery store?

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