Fam Nature Retreat 2012Straub Environmental Center (SEC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to environmental education. We aim to increase knowledge and encourage environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible lifestyles that will protect and sustain the Mid-Willamette Valley’s natural resources for all generations.

Currently, youth- and family-related programs include:

  • Family Nature Night
  • Nature Kids Youth Naturalist Series
  • Summer Camp
  • Kids Watching Wildlife
  • Outdoor School (Fall 2016 | Spring 2017)

Adult programs include:

  • Amateur Naturalist Series
  • Annual Mushroom Retreat
  • Native Plant Landscape Restoration Site
  • SEC Environmental Lecture Series
  • Nature Hikes

For detailed information or schedules on any of the above programs, follow the specific link under the “program” tab of the website.

SEC is also co-organizes the Annual Mid-Valley Green Awards — a popular annual dinner gala for the general public that recognizes individuals and businesses in the Mid-Willamette Valley making strides to live more lightly on the Earth. Silent and live auctions at the Green Awards support SEC’s operating budget. The event itself is a collaborative undertaking of SEC and Marion County Environmental Services — both recognized environmental leaders in the Valley.