Rock-Ed Outdoor Education Center

ROCK-ED Outdoor Education Center is a new natural resources education facility located 22 miles east of Roseburg at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Rock Creek Hatchery. Constructed as a cooperative nonprofit project through the Joe Merchep Umpqua River Foundation, the 1,300-square-foot, one-room schoolhouse features a large classroom, a display area, a 200-gallon fish tank and a covered deck overlooking a pond. There is also an outside gathering place with a soon-to-be-built gazebo and interpretive signs. A half-mile trail starts at hatchery rearing ponds and takes visitors into forest and along nearby Rock Creek. Reservations for use of the classroom and arrangements for tours should be made in advance. The hatchery facility, gathering place and trail are open to the public from 7:30 a.m. to dusk every day. Check the website or call the hatchery for more information.