New River Nature Center
Primary Contact: Leslie Peters
86342 Croft Lake Lane
Bandon, OR 97411
Educational Partners: Bandon High School
New River has been described as one of the last remaining wild places along the Oregon Coast. With its diversity of habitats; interconnected network of rivers, streams, and lakes; it offers visitors an exclusive area of biodiversity. Trails guide visitors to historic cranberry bogs, along natural wetlands and a river that hosts a number of birds and other wildlife. The nature center gives guests a unique experience into the natural and historic world of New River. This wild and scenic area allows visitors to find enrichment in nature.
The New River Area of Critical Environmental Concern preserves and protects a 10-mile river that is home to a variety of fish, birds, and other wildlife, as well as a rich Native American history and a long lasting pioneer spirit. The number of aquatic and terrestrial habitats within the ACEC is ideal for biodiversity. A true living laboratory for environmental education, New River provides exceptional opportunities for enriching the quality of environmental education in the lives of local students. By collecting climate, water quality, plants, and wildlife population data, students gain meaningful encounters with the natural world, engage physically in the conservation of public lands, and develop a strong foundation for long lasting stewardship. New River ACEC uses environmental education as a tool to manage visitor impacts and broaden the appreciation of the natural area, as well as to provide every person with opportunities to acquire the knowledge, values, commitment, and skills needed to protect and improve the environment.
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