Ankeny Nature Center News


This page will provide you with all of the most up-to-date news on planning for the potential of a nature center at Ankeny Hill

  • Ankeny Hill Overlook: Future Home of a Nature Center?

    Common Yellowthroat

    In case you haven't heard, Ankeny Hill Overlook is the proposed future site of a nature center, in partnership with Salem Audubon and the Friends of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex.  Lead partner, Salem Audubon, provided a project overview and update here.

  • Signed Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

    School bus drawing

    A draft Environmental Assessment was prepared (see link below) and based on the public comments received, Alternative B as described in the EA was chosen with a few, slight modifications.  A signed Finding of No Significant Impact was signed in October of 2017.  For more information on this project, also visit our partner's website, the Salem Audubon Society webpage

    Draft EA is available here

  • Ankeny Nature Center Neighbor and Community Meeting

    Pacific Tree Frog

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014 Neighbor Information Meeting

    Neighbors and friends were invited to learn about the proposed Nature Center at Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge and the ecosystems, species, and habitats of the Willamette Valley. We invite your continued participation so we can best plan for the programs, facilities, and site amenities to be located at the Nature Center. Folks visited with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services staff, Salem Audubon Society, Friends of the Willamette Valley Refuge, and architect Aron Faegre and landscape architect Maureen Raad, to learn about the Refuge and share their dreams and ideas for the new Center. Contact us with any questions: