Your support helps Nearby Nature thrive and grow. Thanks!

Use the links below to make a secure online membership payment, general donation, or special fund contribution via PayPal. If you prefer to donate by mail, please send a check to: Nearby Nature, P.O. Box 3678, Eugene, OR 97403.

Membership Benefits:

— FREE Nature Quests, Green Start Play Days, and Haunted Hike
— 15% discount on programs
— 15% discount on merchandise
— quarterly print newsletter
— monthly eNewsletter

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  • We believe every child needs a chance to discover, learn, and grow in nature nearby. Can you help us make sure no child is left inside?

    This fund provides financial assistance for children from low income families and schools to participate in our summer daycamps, school programs, No School Day Adventures, and more.

    Your contribution of any amount will make a difference.

    • $25 will pay for a 50% No School Day Adventure scholarship
    • $100 for pay for a school field trip for 25 kids
    • $250 will pay for  a week-long daycamp scholarship

  • Caring and advocating for our public parks is essential if we want them to be healthy, beautiful, and safe for visitors from all walks of life. Every year, hundreds of Nearby Nature volunteers spend thousands of hours on native plant restoration and litter patrol in Alton Baker Park.

    Your contribution to our to our Park Caretaking Fund will help facilitate volunteer coordination, work party planning, native plant purchases, and more.

  • Nearby Nature’s Learnscape Garden and Outdoor Classroom is a wonder! The site’s unique combination of gardens, outdoor playspaces, and models for living lightly provides a wonderful home base for many of our outdoor education programs.

    You can help support the upkeep and continued enhancement of this amazing site with your donation to our Learnscape Development Fund. Your contribution will help us purchase needed gardening supplies, plants, and tools. It will also help pay for intern stipends and volunteer management.

  • Support special not-so-nearby adventures for our Network Charter School students! NCS kids go on service learning field trips to places like Mount Hood in the fall and spring and take field trips to National Parks and Monuments in the spring. Your donation will help pay student fees for families in need as well as defray the cost of camping supplies, food, and transportation.

  • Nearby Nature believes everyone in our community should have the opportunity to discover, learn, and grow in nature nearby. It doesn’t matter how much money you have, whether or not you own a car, or what your family looks like. Everyone needs nature.

    Your purchase of a $50 Community Friends Membership will allow us to grant membership benefits to a family in need. That family will get to attend our Nature Quest and Green Start programs plus our Haunted Hike for free for the next year — plus get discounts on No-School-Day Adventures and Summer Daycamps!

Other Creative Ways to Contribute

  • Here at Nearby Nature we have a “less is more” approach when it comes to shopping. We love thrift stores, sharing resources, and getting the most out of everything we already possess. However, everyone does buy new things from time to time.

    So how can you share when you shop? Read on to learn about three ways you can support Nearby Nature without spending anything beyond what you already spend every day. Your purchases can help power our programs and allow us to serve 7,000+ kids, their teachers, and their families every year!

    1. eScrip

    Register your credit and debit cards at and designate Nearby Nature as the recipient of your donations. (Note: eScrip contributions can be split up to three ways just in case you are already supporting another group.) Each time you use a registered card at Market of Choice (or any of the other merchants listed on eScrip’s website), 2-4 % of your purchase cost will automatically go to Nearby Nature.

    2. AmazonSmile

    Go to AmazonSmile the next time you make an Amazon purchase (use your regular Amazon sign-in and password to log in). Look under Account and Lists for the Your AmazonSmile link. Choose Nearby Nature and 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products will automatically go to us. Remember to do this especially when you make significant purchases!

    3. Fred Meyer Community Rewards:

    How do you join? If you already have a Fred Meyer Rewards Card, go to and find the Re-enroll or link your Rewards Card now link. Choose Nearby Nature (LT795) as the benefactor of your Fred Meyer purchases and a percentage of each purchase you make will go to Nearby Nature. If you don’t have a Rewards Card already, you can get one the next time you shop at Freddie’s!

  • Does your business support Nearby Nature’s mission? Would like your artistic creations to “contribute” to the community? Are you a musician or a writer whose tunes or tales feature nature nearby? If you answered YES to any of these questions, we hope you’ll become a Green Giving Partner.

    Green Giving Partners support our mission by sharing skills (such as construction or design work) or donating a portion of their profits (over a period of time or on a particular product or service) to Nearby Nature. Some sponsor a specific program or project.

    We are grateful to all our Green Giving Partners — past, present, and future — for their generous support. These donations help sustain everything from school programs to scholarships to park restoration projects.

    To learn more about joining contact Director Beth Stein.

    2018 Green Giving Partners

    Capella Market

    Corie Hinton, Talking Walls Murals

    Dave Walp, Naturalist

    Eugene Science Center

    Ian Whitelaw, Contractor

    Kohl’s Associates in Action Program

    Ninkasi Tasting Room

    Oregon Wine Labs

    Quentin Furrow, Photographer

    Track Town Pizza, Franklin Blvd.

    Village School

  • Several times per year, Nearby Nature hosts benefit days at local restaurants and businesses. Check our calendar and this page frequently to learn about upcoming events!

    Thanks to recent benefit day sponsors Track Town Pizza on Franklin, Ninkasi Tasting Room, and Oregon Wine Labs.

  • Every year at our Haunted Hike in October, we sponsor a fun raffle. 50+ local businesses and individuals regularly contribute and friends and members win all sorts of great prizes — from nights out on the town to amazing artwork. Watch here for our next raffle starting in September of each year.

  • Check out our wish list and let us know if you are able to help us with any of the needed skills below. Thanks!

    Tech guru — to help us assess computers and decide how to upgrade.

    Fruit tree pruners — to help us care for our Learnscape’s Food Forest.

    Social media assistant — to help us develop “fun fact” Facebook posts.