EarthTeach Forest Park
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"The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness." ~John Muir

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Summer Opportunity

Dear Artful Ones ~

Coyote Trails School of Nature’s summer arts day camp at EarthTeach Forest Park, EARTH ART! is currently accepting inquiries and applications for three artist teachers for its summer 2008 Earth Art! Camp June 22-26th in Ashland, OR.

We are looking for two visual arts instructors (all mediums: mask makers, photographers, sculptors) and one performance-based /movement instructor (dancers, theatre arts, yoga… Continue

Posted on May 6, 2009 at 2:00pm

How Things Measure Up.....

Dear Conscientious Friends,

If you’re considering whether to donate locally to unique natural resource, please read on.

These are budget-minding days and knowing where each hard-earned dollar goes can be a source of comfort and clarity. Here’s short list of how some of EarthTeach’s expenses measure up to many that show up in daily life:

$2.50 buys a two pounds of local organic apples, or a small ice cream cone in a local parlor. At EarthTeach, this amount… Continue

Posted on January 29, 2009 at 1:30pm

The EarthTeach Forest Park Experience....

Please share about your adventures to EarthTeach Forest Park (just nine miles SE of Ashland)~

"At EarthTeach, winter days are both radiant and stark. There is a fragile, luminous beauty present throughout the Park unlike during any other season: the landscape is defined in contrasting hues of dark or light, barren rock glows under frigid blue-toned air, sentinel trees wear cloaks of mist and snow, and the sleepy illusion of… Continue

Posted on November 12, 2008 at 10:19am

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1 ~ INSTRUCTIONS: Please answer the following five questions to inform the community about yourself and enhance your experience at the Ashland Source Center. Answers are NOT REQUIRED to join, and you can always fill them out later on your MYPORTAL page.
EarthTeach Forest Park ~ A Fairly Big Place & A Very Big Idea! ~ located 9 miles southeast of Ashland, Oregon
2 ~ What brought you to Ashland & Southern Oregon area? Let us know what’s been inspiring you these days!
EarthTeach Forest Park emerged in 1995 through a public charitable trust, founded by the family of Virginia Way and John Cotton of Ashland, Oregon.
Under the visionary guidance of Peter Way Cotton, a handful of committed community and family members, in true grass roots style, have turned the 1680 acres formerly associated with a lumber business, into a quasi-public park.
To learn more about the Park's history, it's present ~ programs, partnerships, advisory council, and its intentions for the future, please visit our website:
3 ~ What would you love to offer to and share with our community? What do you envision could be a few of the most beneficial things that could happen from actively using this site? Feel free to be outrageous!
EarthTeach Forest Park is remarkably unlike any other educational resource in Southern Oregon.

It is 1680 acres of meadow and forestland that is dedicated to experiential learning in nature. It hosts personal growth, life passage, and community-building programs through challenge course experiences, wilderness awareness programs, arts-in-nature and leadership development camps.

IT IS A PLACE FOR ALL PEOPLE of all ages to connect with nature and themselves. Most especially, for youngsters it is a safe, wild setting in which to explore, learn, and play. These experiences are rare and special gifts with life-enriching potential. What is also unique about EarthTeach is that you readily come to feel like it belongs to you. That is because it does.

On the surface, a park - urban or wild - provides us opportunity for passive contact with the out of doors. Through the programs at EarthTeach, amidst untamed meadows, boulders, marshes, trees and cliffs, people of all ages are invited to experience something more profound. Assertive contact that combines creativity with hiking, critical thinking with outdoor arts, decision-making with high ropes, and environmental awareness with a labyrinth walk. With learning that is physical, emotional, and spiritual, a unique, perhaps wilder and deeper, understanding of the natural world and oneself emerges.

Of all the gifts passed forward, this may be the most wonderful of all for visitors at EarthTeach Park.
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November 10, 2008

Dear Friends of EarthTeach Forest Park,

I’m writing you on behalf of EarthTeach Park, our community’s nearby natural resource that has provided safe, wilderness educational adventures and opportunities for people of all ages, especially the youth of Southern Oregon, for over a decade. The reason for my letter is simple, EarthTeach ‘s membership fund raising goal between today and December 31, 2008 is $20,000. We need your help.

Consider the ways EarthTeach has grown every year: most of its youth programs doubled in the past four years, and the number of new visitors has grown by 200 annually; EarthTeach is now the year-round “extended campus” for Ashland’s John Muir School, ninety percent of the seasonal programs will return in 2009 for a fifth (or more) year, and EarthTeach’s KINship (Kids In Nature) Scholarship fund sponsored over $8,500 in youth scholarships this past year.

As a unique community park, we do not charge admission, and as a venue for group programs, our fees are nominal. For twelve years we have been committed to keeping EarthTeach accessible to all groups wishing to use, explore, and learn on the land. Because we receive no state or federal funding, we count on donations and grants to keep our organization vital and growing.

$20,000 is a lot of money to raise; however, as a group I know we can do it before December 31. Every dollar counts and whether you can make a $20 or $200 donation, it will mean that EarthTeach will continue to thrive. And, your donation is 100% tax-deductable.

Please make your membership pledge payable to EarthTeach Forest Park, then print out a pledge form (found at this link: ) and send it to ~ EarthTeach Forest Park Office 76 Dewey Street Ashland, Oregon 97520

I want to thank you ahead of time for your generosity and willingness to help achieve our goal. If you would like further information about EarthTeach Park feel free to contact me directly.

Sincerely Yours, ~ Martha L. Phelps
EarthTeach Park General Manager
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At 10:36am on January 31, 2009, Gigi Sample said…
I do retreats in the area and also have started an Ashland chapter of the Indigo Teen club.. I had not heard of your place. I would like to come visit but not clear where you are located so that hopefully I can bring retreat people out and or the teens to explore?It sounds wonderful for what you described on web site
At 7:49am on January 31, 2009, Jay Daniel Painting said…
Great to be your friend... looking forward to visiting the Park... did not know about it but will come visit and tell friends.
At 4:24pm on January 30, 2009, Dr. Sheri Rosenthal said…
Thank you so much for connecting and for educating me on this wonderful place.
At 1:58pm on January 29, 2009, Terry Mitchel said…
I'd love to be a friend. The Earth and Nature calls strongly to me. I didn't know about you, but will make a point of coming out some day soon.
At 8:19pm on November 11, 2008, Amari Gold said…
Hey Martha, yes, please do share my comments in whatever way you want. I recently gifted a 10 year old friend of mine a day at the Labyrinth with guests of her choosing for her birthday present. Would love to have you their sharing the history and your deep connection to the natural world. I'll let you know when it's happening ... maybe we can meet up. I'm sending in a donation for your fundraiser too. Let me know if there is anything else I can do!
At 7:34pm on November 11, 2008, Ashland Source Center said…
Thanks for the gorgeous page you've created here. Hope you can come and meet/greet with us this Thursday for our first gathering of new members. See the events calendar for more details.
At 5:41pm on November 10, 2008, Amari Gold said…
Hi Martha, good to "bump" into you again ...and lovely to share space with you at ARC.

I want to share a good word about Earth Teach Forest Park. It continues to be a wonderful resource for my personal well-being. I simply take myself there when I need to connect to the magic of the trees and forest and earth in a profound way. Something about the energy of the place ... perhaps it's the love and care with which it has been held all these years. The labyrinth is one of my favorite places of all. With each journey through the labyrinth I have been inspired with beautiful blessings of awareness and awakening. I have shared the park with many friends and will continue to do so.

I urge others to support the park and to make use of this beautiful community resource. Thank you and all those who continue to keep it alive and healthy.


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