NATURE ART EXHIBIT: OREGON BOTANICAL ARTISTS
Apr
12
to Jun 30

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. It has been organized in conjunction with the Worldwide Day of Botanical Art, which will take place on May 18, 2018. This exhibit is free and open to the public. On view through June 30. 

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

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

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APPLICATIONS OPEN: SUMMER NATURE CAMPS (GRADES 2-8)
May
1
to Jun 1

APPLICATIONS OPEN: SUMMER NATURE CAMPS (GRADES 2-8)

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Applications open: Tuesday, May 1 | Deadline: Friday, June 1

If your child loves nature, our one-week day camps (8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday) offer outdoor educational activities led by award-winning 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 4-5 (Tuition: $275/child) 

Wilderness Quest: July 23-27, 2018 | Students entering Grades 6-8 (Tuition: $295/child) 

Each camp is limited to 10 participants. Camps for Grades 4-5 and 6-8 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 Info@StraubCenter.org or call 503-779-5227. 

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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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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
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: $15/family and includes a nature journal for kids 4-17. 

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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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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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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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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NATURE TALK: OREGON’S PUBLIC BEACHES - A GIFT OF FORESIGHT AND FORTUNE
Dec
14
6:00 PM18:00

NATURE TALK: OREGON’S PUBLIC BEACHES - A GIFT OF FORESIGHT AND FORTUNE

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Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Oregon’s famous Beach Bill by hearing land-use expert and historian Bob Bailey as he walks us through the path that led Oregon to free and public beaches. He will explore the individuals, the serendipity, and the public engagement that have secured Oregon’s beaches as free and public spaces.

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NATURE TALK: OUTBACK IN OREGON WITH ZACH URNESS – FAMILY-FRIENDLY ADVENTURES
Sep
21
7:00 PM19:00

NATURE TALK: OUTBACK IN OREGON WITH ZACH URNESS – FAMILY-FRIENDLY ADVENTURES

Join Zach Urness, the Outdoors Editor at the Statesman Journal, for entertaining advice on how to have family-friendly adventures in Oregon. Discover new outings that are perfect for young kids and learn how to make your family camping or hiking trip a little easier and more fun.

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