Local spaces for learning & making

Chintimini Wildlife Center has a Youth Education Program which offers camps focusing on wildlife for children ages 5 and up.

The South Santiam Hatchery offers self-guided tours from 7:30 a.m. to dusk and guided tours for groups from 7:30 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Between June and January is recommended as the best time to visit and for viewing adult and juvenile Chinook and Steelhead.

In 2010, the cities of Albany and Millersburg joined with metals manufacturer ATI to create an engineered water treatment wetland called Talking Water Gardens. Inspired by the environment, the wetland cells mimic the cleansing and cooling processes that occur in nature, returning treated water safely back to the Willamette River.

With habitats ranging from wetlands to upland oak savanna, the William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge is a hotspot for a diverse array of birdlife, mammals and plants.