Visiting EarthRoots 

Before Arriving on the Land

Accommodations are limited. We prioritize space and needs for QTIPOC visitors. 

 

Please contact us at earthrootsproject@gmail.com to make arrangements in advance. That way we can make the best usage of our capacity, limited housing, and the healing needs of other visitors and of caretakers. If you plan to stay longer than 1 week, please discuss this with caretakers before (and during) your visit.  

 

(Click Here For Guest Policy & Allyship Guide)

Getting to the Land

We are located about 2 miles from the I-5, exit 113 Clarks Branch, which is approximately 7 hours from San Francisco Bay Area and 3 hours from Portland. We are also 1.5 hours from Eugene which has an airport, a train station (Amtrak), and a bus station (Greyhound & BoltBus). The Greyhound Bus also stops at Roseburg, which is just 15 minutes from us. With enough advance notice, we can come pick you up from Roseburg or Eugene, for a small fee depending on distance and availability. Please contact us at earthrootsproject@gmail.com to get directions to the land.

Caretakers

Caretakers are short and long-term residents who live on and care for the land. Please check in with a caretaker when you arrive to get oriented to the land and our accommodations. The are available to answer any questions about the land and the EarthRoots project.

 

Check out their bios at the Caretakers page!

Accommodations & Facilities

There is a main house with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.  Two fully furnished bedrooms are available for guests, plus plenty of floor space available in the living room and office area. Additionally, we have a 20-foot travel trailer that has a full kitchen, hot water, a shower, a toilet, and can sleep up to 5 people. Numerous spaces for tent camping abound around the land. Indoor and bed accommodations will be prioritized for those with physical or other access needs. Bathroom and showers are available in the main house as well as the travel trailer. 

 

Please let us know if you have any access needs. We currently have 3 dogs and 1 cat that live both indoors and outdoors. We apologize that at this time we cannot provide fully scent-free and animal-free accommodations, and are working towards providing a scent-free and animal-free indoor space in the near future. 

Recommended Donation & Contributions

We ask for the donation of $10 per day (or any non-monetary equivalent) for utilities, land upkeep and improvement of our facilities. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Additionally, we urge visitors to pitch in with chores and other land work. Right now, we only have one full-time resident and one half-time resident on the land. We love visitors, and there is much to do; visitors must understand that daily maintenance of the land continues, especially since this is a newly established project, even as we are dedicated to their and our healing.

What to bring

Tents & tarps
Sleeping pad and sleeping bag
Comfortable Clothes (Dress seasonally. It can be HOT in the Summer and freezing COLD in the Winter.)

Jacket or sweater 

Rain gear and extra shoes

Swimwear

Flashlight/headlamp

Batteries
Water bottle
Sunscreen & insect repellant

Poison oak wash

Towel
Toiletries – Please bring only biodegradable products.

Toilet Paper (We have T.P. available at the house but ask visitors to bring extra if possible)
Medications (Please let us know if you will bringing marijuana.)

Food & Drinks (There is a mini fridge for guests' food and drink. Space is limited.)

Meals

Currently, we do not have daily communal meals. Communal food is limited. Please bring your own food and drinks. 

Children

EarthRoots welcomes children. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. We encourage you to check in with those around about your children’s activity level, and welcome children to join in on any special events and activities if they are able to focus on the instruction. Please aware that the land and facilities are not necessarily child-proof. There can be potentially sharp objects, rough paths, and animals roaming around.

Please let us know how we may be able to accommodate your family!

Pets

If you wish to bring your pet to the land, please let us know ahead of time. Owners are responsible for the taking care of and watching over their animals. We have dogs, a cat, chickens, and ducks on the land as well as wildlife. To maintain the peace and safety of all guests and other animals, we might limit how many pets are allowed on the land. Local kennels in Roseburg, Winston, or Myrtle Creek are all great places to board your pet!

Things to Watch Out For

Poison Oak

Poison oak is abundant all over the land, though most of the area around the main house and some of the main paths are cleared of it. Different people have different levels of sensitivity to poison oak's protective oil. If you brush against it, you can develop an itchy rash; even if you yourself are immune, others you come into contact with may not be.

 

We have poison oak wash available. If you go hiking off our main paths, we ask you to please change your clothes immediately afterwards to avoid spreading the oils to other surfaces and potentially affecting other people. Please take the time upon arrival to learn how to identify this important plant in our ecosystem, and respect it when you meet it.

Wildlife

We are in the home of some of the most beautiful creatures the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Here you may encounter black-tail deers, wild turkeys, mountain quails, red-tail hawks, owls, bald eagles, bats, snakes, skunks, squirrels, raccoons, rabbits, and much more. Please do not engage with them as the safety of our visitors is as important as the safety of our animal neighbors. This is their home too.

Rattlesnakes

Rattlesnakes are the only dangerous venomous reptile in Oregon and encounters with rattlesnakes are rare. However, you might see them sunbathing on sunny trails or near water. Especially in the dry summer season, they are attracted to water sources like creeks, rivers, ponds, water dishes, etc. If you see a rattlesnake, please do not engage. They are not usually aggressive, but can attack if provoked. Juveniles' venom is more powerful than adults, as they lack the restraint of their elders.

Ticks

We do have ticks in this area and Lyme's Disease has been making its way to the West Coast. For this reason, if you are out hiking, especially in the grass, it's a good idea to do a tick check afterwards. If you find a deer tick has bitten you, keep an eye on the bite site and if it develops a "bullseye" then you should see a doctor. 

Smoking

Please ask caretakers about designated smoking areas. DO NOT SMOKE anywhere outside of these designated areas. Fire hazard is EXTREMELY HIGH during the dry hot summer. During that period, we reserve the right to ask visitors to not smoke at all while on the land as any sparks can create a dangerous situation for us and the rest of the area nearby.

Fire

We ask everyone to be on alert while on the land. As mentioned above, fire is a real extreme hazard. Please do not make any fire anywhere on the land without first discussing it with a caretaker. Additionally, please do not leave your glass water bottles outside as they can act like a magnifying glass. If you see water bottles lying out, please bring it inside. We have water and supplies near the main house, but not around the woods and grass areas. If you see a fire on the land or nearby, alert a caretaker immediately.