Nature Center

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The North Mountain Park Nature Center is a division of APRC. The center is located at 620 N Mountain Avenue in Ashland. View the park map or the aerial photo (PDF formats). 

GROUNDS: Open sunrise to sunset, daily
NATURE CENTER: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Mon - Fri

Registration for Fall 2017 is underway! Programs in our Autumn PlayGuide run September through December, 2017. View the Autumn digital guide by clicking on the image to the right. (View in PDF format.) 
Direct registration links are available for all applicable programs in the Rec Guides.
​The Summer Guide will be available through the end of August.

North Mountain Park, located next to Bear Creek in beautiful Ashland Oregon, encompasses a Nature Center, Demonstration Gardens, playing fields and several acres of wildlife-friendly open space and trails. The mission of the Nature Center, which is part of the Ashland Parks & Recreation Department, is "to promote greater community awareness, understanding and enjoyment of the local natural environment, and to foster stewardship through educational programs and activities." While the majority of programs and activities described on this Web site take place at North Mountain Park, many others are offered at outlying park and school locations throughout Ashland.

The idea of having a Nature Center at North Mountain Park arose from citizen input during the early planning phase of the park in 1995. After over a year of well-attended public meetings, the Ashland Parks Commission approved the idea of restoring the floodplain portion of the 40-acre park and developing a Nature Center on the site. Since 1997, the Ashland Parks Department has funded the planning and the implementation of the community-led vision for the Nature Center and its associated programs.

You can fiscally support the Nature Center in many ways. Whether you have an hour to spend helping in the garden or want to take an afternoon to share your love of nature with students, you can make a difference by volunteering your talents and energy.

North Mountain Park offers many educational opportunities, some in the form of community programs, some in the form of school programs or service learning.  In addition, off-site opportunities are available.

The Nature Center sponsors three annual events: Rogue Valley Earth Day (April), Bear Creek Salmon Festival (October) and Rogue Valley Bird Day (May).

To learn more visit 620 N Mountain Ave in Ashland or call  541.488.6606.
You may also visit the APRC home page or call 541.488.5340 for more information.
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