Jug Handle Creek Farm and Nature Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is a regional conservation and education center. We are located on a 39-acre nature preserve adjacent to the Jug Handle Ecological Staircase, and have served the public for more than 25 years as an educational facility.
Our original staff was instrumental in preserving the Jug Handle Ecological Staircase from development and in facilitating its protection within both the California State Parks Department and the Department of Forestry’s Jackson State Forest.
Jug Handle Creek Farm and Nature Center serves as a gateway to the Ecological Staircase. Our role has been to educate the public about the Ecological Staircase and to continue in its protection and preservation. In this capacity, we work cooperatively with the California State Parks Department to protect the staircase and in habitat restoration projects.
Our Nature Center is visited by school groups not only from our region but also from many counties throughout the state of California who come to learn about the Ecological Staircase as well as studying tide pool life, estuaries, forest ecosystems and other aspects of the natural history of the Mendocino coast.
For over ten years, a Nature Day Camp has taken place each summer at the Nature Center and attended by the children from the schools in this area in increasing numbers each year. We also have implemented a science and ecology program in our local schools for at least ten years. Our Stewardship/Greenhouse Project with schools was begun in 1995 and continues to engage more students in restoration/education activities each year. Funded through grants, our program has expanded to include student monitoring of watersheds.