Please join us November 5th at the Jefferson Nature Center in Medford, Oregon for free Fox Trail Skills practice. Stations include: Fire, Shelter, Stalking, Tracking, Spawning Salmon Viewing, Awareness Games and so much more!

Time: 10am - 2pm

Cost: Free

Location: Jefferson Nature Center

Bring a lunch and plan on any weather, see you there!!

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NEWS RELEASE:

Coyote Trails School of Nature and the Jefferson Nature Center announce Merger of the two nonprofit organizations

An Open House and activities for all ages are planned for this Saturday, November 5, at the Jefferson Nature Center from 10am-2pm (located in the U.S. Cellular Community Park)

Medford, OR:   The Jefferson Nature Center and Coyote Trails School of Nature announced a merger of the two nonprofit organizations this afternoon following the Medford City Council meeting that reassigned the existing lease of the Jefferson Nature Center to the newly merged organization.  The Coyote Trails’ Jefferson Nature Center will continue previous programming in the existing center on a seven acre site along Bear Creek inside the U.S. Cellular Community Park.  “Our organizations hold similar values about appreciating and learning from and in nature, combining good science, art and partnerships in offering community programming.  The plan not only includes continuing all of the regional, national and even international programs we have both been orchestrating, but expanding program offerings to the general public immediately with a new schedule of activities at the  Nature Center,” said Joe Kreuzman, Founder and Director of Coyote Trails.   We will be celebrating the merger with an Open House this Saturday at the Coyote Trails’ Jefferson Nature Center from 10 am – 2 pm; free activities include Fox Trail Skills practice with different stations including: Fire, Shelter, Stalking, Tracking, Spawning Salmon Viewing, Awareness Games and so much more!  People can tour the Nature Center and grounds, bring a picnic lunch and participate in any of the activities they’d like – rain or shine. We’re also easily accessible from the Bear Creek Greenway; it’s the brown farmhouse with a picnic shelter near the Rotary Bridge inside the park.

Susan Cross, the founder and Director of the Jefferson Nature Center (JNC) informed her Board of Directors earlier this year of her impending relocation in 2012 to pursue an advanced degree and they began actively seeking a partner/merger that would continue their many established programs. Since 2004 the JNC has provided high quality nature and science inquiry programming for approximately 1,200 Title I elementary students per year in the Medford and Phoenix/Talent School districts. These programs educate under-served youth about local natural history; expose them to science inquiry processes using our local riparian parks, and support teachers in their goals around science education. JNC has also coordinated a series of unique arts and nature projects in the community for adults. They’ve organized and partnered on many programs including Salmon Watch, Finding Home, Winter Classroom, Spring Field Programs, Shifting Patterns and more.  Ms. Cross will be employed for approximately eight months by Coyote Trails to assist the transition; work with the new leadership, ensure consistency in programing, contract faculty, and maintain partnerships.  “This is really the perfect marriage of our two organizations and my heart is warmed by the enthusiasm from everyone at Coyote Trails about retaining and growing the programming that so many of us have worked so hard to build over the years,” said Cross.

Existing partner agencies that have cohabitated at the Jefferson Nature Center since 2008 will retain their subleases; Bear Creek Watershed Education Program, Rogue Valley Audubon Society, Klamath Bird Observatory and Frances Oyung of the Bear Creek Watershed Council.

Coyote Trails is investing in expanding programming immediately and adding two new staff to the Jefferson Nature Center; Morgan Mansker will be the new Associate Director and Tamara Levitt as Administrative Assistant.  Mr. Mansker, who received his degree in Communications with a minor in Anthropology from Oregon State University said, “I’m really excited about bringing the high quality “Coyote Teaching” ethic into existing and new classes as I’ve witnessed how it instills passion and cultivates curiosity in the subject. We will continue to work on expanding our classes, and envision having drop-in programs so that if a family member is participating in a sport at the USCCP, they could drop off the kids/family at the Nature Center for a creative learning activity.”

Coyote Trails will retain their headquarters office in Ashland, continue to teach and hold camps throughout the region including a 1,600 acre site outside Ashland, as well as hold courses in Ohio and offer special international travel and exploration programs such as is planned for South Africa next August.  “Our motto is to Discover Who You Are, by Discovering Where You Are”, said Joe Kreuzman, and  “We have a big vision to pass along the philosophy of living at one with the Earth so that people of all ages will be healthy, whole and harmonized with their own pure connection to all things.”

Molly Kreuzman, a board member of Coyote Trails explained, “We’re really excited because the Jefferson Nature Center comes with such a legacy and great reputation.  We want to continue, expand and honor that legacy within this region with the Title I elementary schools, with environmental arts programs, with scientific study. We’re all aware of the shortage of outdoor education programs in public schools. There’s really a great synergy between all of our instructors, partners, schools and donors. We also want to tap into the wealth of knowledge in this region by recruiting new instructors, so if anyone is interested in teaching a class – contact us.”

“The Gray Family Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation has been a proud supporter of the Finding Home program since its inception at Jefferson Nature Center.  We are thankful that this unique program will continue to flourish at Coyote Trails School of Nature, and look forward to new opportunities that will arise from this change,” said Lara Christensen, Donor Relations Officer at the Oregon Community Foundation.

New Classes being offered to the general public of all ages at the Coyote Trails’ Jefferson Nature Center beginning this Friday, November 4th include:

  • Fox Trail: Nature Immersion Days: Every Friday Nov- Dec
  • Free Open House, Saturday November 5th, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
  • How To? Earth Shelter, November 6, 2011
  • Fire! November 20, 2011
  • How To? Safe Drinking Water, December 3, 2011
  • Basket Weaving, December 10th, from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • For more details and list of the currently scheduled programs at all locations please visit www.coyotetrails.org
  • Coyote Trails’ Jefferson Nature Center is also accepting proposals to teach new classes and programs –to inquire and receive an application email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Applications need to be approved by November 9th to be included in the  City of Medford Parks & Recreation Magazine Community Connections), but will be evaluated on an ongoing basis.