Description and History
In 1993 Corvallis Mayor Helen Berg donated a 5.67-acre parcel of land just west of Corvallis to the Audubon Society of Corvallis. At the time of the donation, the property was used as a horse pasture. The horses remained on the property until 1997, at which time steps were taken to remove pasture fencing and to clean up the barn. The barn has been renovated into The Hesthavn Nature Center, which functions as a museum for wildlife specimens, educational facility and meeting place.
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Hesthavn Nature Center Mission Statement
- Hesthavn Nature Center offers year-round opportunities for kids to learn about our natural environment, and it’s a great place for a picnic!
- Hesthavn Nature Center connects the community with wildlife in their native habitat of Oak Savannah and Oak Creek riparian forest, while strolling along a nature trail.
- Hesthavn Nature Center promotes a culture of conservation for native plants and wildlife by offering volunteers a place to be active learning about invasive weed species removal and partnering with the restoration of native habitat.
- Hesthavn Nature Center has opportunities for volunteers to join our educational programs as instructors and through curriculum activities.
- Hesthavn Nature Center offers year-round open house events, workshops, and events for educators, environmental groups, civic groups, artist guilds, garden clubs, and other possible rental uses.
For information about volunteering, please email email@example.com .
For information about school, groups, and family programs, please email Jessica Brothers, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to become an Audubon Society member, please contact Suzanne Ortiz at email@example.com.
The public is welcome to visit Audubon’s Hesthavn Nature Center from sunrise to sunset to walk the nature trail viewing native habitat and wildlife. A great place to picnic to look for birds, butterflies, and especially streamside critters for young children wearing their boots and play clothes. The nature center building has a museum and display cases about birds and other wildlife that is open to the public on set monthly dates (see schedule below). Special educational programs are given throughout the year for children and adults
- Sunday March 4 10 am to 2 pm—Barn and yard work.
Students from the Geog 300 class will be coming to help.
Weather permitting, we may paint the ramps and stain the
picnic tables. We’ll do some fence repair and maybe some
- Sunday March 18 10 am to 2 pm—Invasive weed control.
Blackberries and Yellow Archangel. We may fire up the big
DR brush mower, if possible.
- Sunday April 1 10 am to 2 pm—Barn and yard work party.
- Sunday April 15 10 am to 2 pm—Invasive weed control.
It’s All About Nests
Sunday March 18, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Please join us on for a celebration of nests, nesting,
nesters, and all other things nidicolous at Corvallis Audubon’s
own Hesthavn Nature Center on Sunday, March 18,
1-3 pm! Our birds, squirrels, mud-daubers and other nest
builders have been hard at work this season; so, come out
with your family to spend a pleasant hour or two admiring
and learning about really-old-school ‘Tiny Living.’ We have
several fun activities planned and friendly volunteers on
hand to answer any questions or share in your previously
unrequited nest-related enthusiasm. Rain or shine, we’ve
got things covered at our beautiful site—graced with hiking
trails, a sparkling stream and our rustic main building. ‘Home Tweet Home—
Nest Builders Wanted’ is a free and child-friendly event, but
fun for all ages. For further information, please feel free to
contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eggs and Chicks at Hesthavn
Sunday April 22, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Prepare yourself! Dig in your heels, brace your arms and
get ready to be slammed by cuteness! Hesthavn Nature Center’s
April activity is “eggs and chicks!” Yes, bouncing baby
bird-lings—both in their ‘jewel boxes’ and busting out! Can
you stand it? We plan a take-home activity, an experiment in
eggshell strength, a matching game and lots of other things
to do for ‘nestling’ humans and their cool flock of adults.
As always, the stunning collections of Corvallis Audubon’s
own facility will be opened to amaze and instruct, and the
surrounding beautiful grounds will beckon the bold. Join us
for the splendor of
“Bird-lings in Our Backyard: Eggs, Chicks and the Value of Being
Cute.” It’s free and interesting for all ages. See for yourself:
even vultures can be adorable!
Hesthavn Thanks Volunteers!
Many people have contributed money and hard work towards creating Hesthavn Nature Center facility. We appreciate all of these generous contributions and would like to recognize the following people for especially generous volunteer efforts.
- Ray Drapek Hesthavn chair 1995-2007 for spearheading those first years - and now taking over the volunteer organization!
- Susan Atkisson for volunteering for Hesthavn Chair for two years, during a difficult transition period, and for garnering the funds for, and overseeing construction of, our beautiful footbridge!
- Becky Garrett and Susan Brown for many hours of hard work restoring native plant habitats.
- Rana Foster for all of the native plants she has rescued and planted at Hesthavn.
- Jerry Paul, Barrett Reeves, and Karl Hartzell for hours of volunteer work on barn renovation and general maintenance.
- Karan Fairchild and Mary Van Brocklin for fund raising efforts through Birdathon and Membership.
- Elise Elliott-Smith as coordinator of Hesthavn Nature Center education programs.
- Leslie Green as Art and Nature instructor for kids programs (email@example.com )
- Jim Fairchild for construction of compost toilet, and rainwater catchments system.
- Paula Vanderheul for her tireless efforts in helping to maintain the Hesthavn Nature Center, promoting Hesthavn as a wildlife refuge and example of native habitat, and for volunteering to be the Hesthavn Chair for four years
- Thanks to Julie Gibson for her many hours of restoration work.
Display case and bird/bat/butterfly boxes.
Collection of preserved birds.
Hesthavn is wheelchair accessible.
Don Boucher identifying Hesthavn flora.
Chintimini Wildlife Center at Hesthavn Open House.
South side of nature center.
Hesthavn Open House 2014.
Visitors enjoying the display case and bird/bat/butterfly boxes.
A view of the east side of the barn.