Local Environmental Education Programs
Living in the great Northwest, we are fortunate to be surrounded by a variety of ecosystems as well as a variety of organziations dedicated to educating the community on the many services and wonders these natural areas provide.
Below is a small list of organziations doing great work educating the local community, providing outdoor opportunities to children and adults alike, and fostering a sense of stewardship in the individuals they reach.
Mount Pisgah Arboretum is a non-profit organization dedicated to a
mission of maintaining Pacific Northwest plant communities, offering
environmental education programs for all ages, and providing facilities
for the public enjoyment of its carefully restored and maintained site.
The CIty of Eugene offers many volunteer and educational opportunities working with children and schools in the community. The city provides student opprotunities to volunteer for a day, or part of a day, beautifying and restoring natural and landscaped areas in Eugene and the surrounding region. This allows students an opportunity to get outside, become stewards of their local natural areas, learn about the ecosystem and the species within it, and give back to the community.
Nearby Nature is a non-profit education organization founded in 1992. Staff and volunteers lead nature walks, teach summer day camps, host school programs, teach adult workshops, and work on environmental restoration projects, primarily in the Whilamut Natural Area of Alton Baker Park. Nearby Nature also serves as the City of Eugene's official Park Host in Alton Baker Park.