Lost Valley Center Inc

Rating: 4.8 stars   10 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Education, Environment, Homeless & Housing


81868 Lost Valley Ln Dexter OR 97431 USA


Lost Valley Educational Center is a nonprofit environmental educational center (located near Eugene, OR) dedicated to empowering people to lessen their impact on the earth by teaching permaculture and sustainable living skills. It is also home to an aspiring ecovillage / residential community.


Over 20 years of history in teaching permaculture and sustainable living skills courses. Mentioned in USA Today, on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, featured on the cover of "Communities" magazine.

Target demographics:

Students (adults) who want to learn how to live more sustainably, all-ages event participants

Direct beneficiaries per year:

Nearly 1,000 students and visitors from all over the world

Geographic areas served:

national, international, Lane County Oregon

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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

It was a great experience! The people were very friendly and I learned a lot in the class. Thanks guys!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The kind of people at Lost Valley can only be discribed as GOOD people.

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One time

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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

My experience here at Lost Valley has been great! The variety of teachers and people at the community really help with learning potential. The teachers really know their stuff and have tons of experience in many different fields. If you want to learn about permaculture in a landscaping way, you've got it! What about properly managing forested land, that as well. Different types of gardening to experiment with. What about social permaculture, or how to apply different methods in dealing with yourself emotionally or pushing yourself into a healthier relationship with others. Would you like to build a community or ecovillage?? There are people here that have the knowledge and resources to give to your answer or direct you to a great source. Running a non-profit?? Same. The broad spectrum of information gathered here can serve you in any array you would like to focus your life. However, because Lost Valley is a turn-key property the buildings need major help, especially to be more ecological and economical for the community and non-profit. THerefore, funding is needed. This organization has so much to offer and I feel like a good boost would create a whirlwind of movement in the right direction for this area and the world as a whole. Good food, great people and an honest drive to move themselves and the planet forward in a positive, alternative fashion that our current structure does not offer. Check out Lost Valley, it's worth it. And help them out!!!! You won't regret the outcome your help would invigorate..... Blessings. R.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Seriously renovate the existing infrastructure which would help with the ecological and economical footprint the buildings create right now. Insulation, alternative energy sources, massive rainwater catchment with a solid filtration system, solar access.

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I first came to Lost Valley in the fall of 2008 to teach at a movement retreat called "freEmotion." I'm a performer and writer by trade. I hadn't been to LV before that event, but at the time, I was becoming more interested in permaculture and alternative modes of living. I pretty much fell in love with the place. In the fall of 2009 (a year later), I took the plunge and put all of my worldly belongings in storage in Portland to come intern at Lost Valley. A few months later, I also took the winter PDC course. Six months have gone by, and I'm still here, finishing up my internship and considering staying on as a resident. It's a wonderful place to learn more about permaculture, sustainable living and ecobuilding. It also seems to be a crossing point for unique, intelligent, talented people. Between the other interns, the residents and the students who are constantly coming and going, I've definitely made some connections that I feel blessed to be able to carry forward in life. I guess I can speak to this place from the multiple perspectives of an event teacher, an intern, and a student. In all of those regards, it has the capacity to be a life-changing place. I'd definitely recommend spending some time at Lost Valley Educational Center.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning new skills, meeting amazing people, walking in the woods, learning to live in community and feeling firsthand how important it is to support one another and be good stewards of the land.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

empower even more people to live in harmony with the earth.

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About every week

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