Crane’s Nest Nature Center & Store


For many years, FOMR operated a Nature Store in the Visitor Center at Refuge Headquarters. In 2017, the Refuge dedicated a larger, separate building at Headquarters for our use. This gave us the opportunity to develop a Nature Center alongside our retail layout to provide environmental education and general information about the Refuge as an expanded service to visitors. The new space, which we’ve called Crane’s Nest Nature Center & Store, is in the historic residence east of the museum at Refuge Headquarters.

It is our goal that the Nature Center be a point of contact for visitors of the Refuge, providing up-to-date wildlife sightings as well as a space for multimedia presentations and environmental education programs. In May 2018 we officially opened the Crane’s Nest Nature Center & Store to the public, and we’ll continue to improve it through the summer.

Learn about the history behind the Crane’s Nest building here.


Hello Friends, we need your help! If you’re available to spend a month or more in southeast Oregon and have an RV or similar set-up to stay in, we are looking for volunteers to help staff our Crane’s Nest Nature Store/Nature Center at Refuge Headquarters. Typically we seek volunteers for the months of March to September.

This volunteer position involves operating the Crane’s Nest Nature Center/Nature Store at Refuge Headquarters and providing general interpretation of the Refuge to visitors. Volunteers will have some proficiency with cash registers, point-of-sale devices, etc., as well as a basic understanding of how to maintain an inventory of Nature Store items. Good communication skills are desirable, as is a willingness to interpret Great Basin natural and cultural history. We ask that our volunteers commit to at least a month-long stint, working 3 days (~24 hours) a week, but the duration of the stint may be negotiable.

Refuge Headquarters provides RV pads with hook-ups and a nearby building with communal kitchen, bathrooms and laundry. There are two RV spaces available for volunteers.

If you are interested in volunteering this year, or have general questions about volunteering at Malheur Refuge, please contact us at