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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.

Hesthavn News Archive

Check out Hesthavn from the sky!! Hesthavn Aerial Photo

Hesthavn Nature Center Mission Statement

  • Hesthavn Nature Center offers year-round opportunities for kids to learn about our natural environment, and itís 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 .

If you would like to become an Audubon Society member, please contact Suzanne Ortiz at

The public is welcome to visit Audubonís 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

Hesthavn Work Parties

  • Sunday Jan. 13. 10 am to 2 pm. Barn and Yard work party. Another potentially short work party.
  • Sunday Jan 27. 10 am to 2 pm. Weed work party. Blackberries.

Hesthavn Classes


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 ( )
  • 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.

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Audubon Society of Corvallis
PO Box 148
Corvallis, OR 97339