Welcome to Nearby Nature’s Learnscape! This wonderful space is an outdoor classroom as well as a model for sustainable living practices. In the summer of 2019, our space was certified as an official Nature Explore Classroom, one of only two in Oregon!
So what will you find in the Learnscape? Our Yurt offers a meeting place for our weekday Network Charter School classes and weekend special programs. Our user-friendly composting and water-catchment systems model energy and water conservation. Our gardens produce food as well as awaken the senses. Nature-themed artwork mirrors the wonders of nature nearby. And outdoor classrooms (Hazelnut Hollow, Squirrel Kitchen, Pollinators Playground, Frog Haven, and the Edible Schoolyard) and natural play areas for kids (Nature’s Builders Playspace, Beaver Dam-River Run, the Nest, and our wonderful sandbox) make learning outside fun.
Our Learnscape inspires curiosity, imagination, and stewardship. We hope you will join us for a program here soon!
Thanks so much to all the community partners worked with over the years to develop the site, including the Oregon Community Foundation, Walama Restoration, the Seed Ambassadors, the School Garden Project, the City of Eugene, EWEB, the North American Butterfly Association, the Native Plant Society, the Master Gardeners, and more.
Let us know if you want to get involved or stop by for a tour. Work parties are listed on our Calendar and we’re always happy to talk to people would like to volunteer to contribute artwork or work on building projects in the space. We look forward to having you on site soon!
Water Wise Demonstration Garden
As you approach the Host Residence in Alton Baker Park, you will probably also notice our lovely front lawn! Back in 2008, EWEB and the City of Eugene decided to create a “water wise” demonstration garden to showcase tools that community members could use in their home landscapes to reduce water use without sacrificing beauty. After consulting with a variety of people interested in the project, Nearby Nature’s front yard was selected as the site for the garden.
Working in collaboration, the City of Eugene, Nearby Nature, and EWEB, in partnership with Schirmer Satre Group and LandCurrent, finished this garden in the summer of 2011. Of course, all gardens are an on-going labor of love, so the Water Wise Garden will change and grow over the years. Come check it out! There are two interpretive signs at the site as well as more information on the City of Eugene’s website.