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Our Partners

Our partners have diverse interactions with us. It begins with sharing knowledge of hands-on natural resources professionals with our youth and volunteers, and continues with offering resource materials, enrichment ideas as well as service-learning experiences.  For many of our youth, it is their first interaction with adults outside of their families and schools.


For several generous partners, Caretakers has been able to receive grant funding for educational materials, transportation, field sustenance, conference fees and other youth stipends.  These include:

Marion Soil & Water Conservation District             Garten Foundation


Juan Young Trust                                                      Bureau of Land Management


Mid-Willamette Watershed Alliance                         U.S. Forest Service


City of Salem Water Resources, Parks & Recreation          SOLV-E


Silver Falls State Park                                                Salem-Keizer Schools 



Marion-Polk Food Share Youth Farm

The Marion-Polk Food Share Youth Farm is a small farm in Salem, Oregon, which teaches youth life skills while growing food using organic practices. Many of the youth in CEI have experience working at this farm, and CEI projects often involve the farm. For more information, visit their website here.

Wildcat Ridge Sanctuary

Wildcat Ridge Sanctuary is a non-profit sanctuary for injured wildcats in Oregon. A current CEI Oregon project is based around restoring the land in this sanctuary through the removal of invasive species and the planting of native species

OSU Extension

For about 20 years, Caretakers youth were introduced to their environment through OSU Extension’s Youth Enviro Squad. This partnership ended in late 2018 following the retirement of Dan Hoynacki. Extension may be continuing some environmental education on their own but opted to no longer be affiliated with Caretakers of the Environment.

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