Welcome to Our Campus

Located six miles outside of Cottage Grove, the forty-acre campus is situated at the headwaters of the Willamette River. It is home to an array of experiments and that contagious feeling of creativity.

Nestled along Calico Creek at the headwaters of the Willamette River, the forty-acre land trust site sits at the end of Hazelton Road, marking the transition of a rural residential road to thousands of acres of forestland. The site is located at the historical crossroads of several bands of the Kalapuya, Umpqua, and Siletz tribes where the trade language chinook-wawa was once prevalent.

The forty-acre campus of the Center for Rural Livelihoods is located in the borderlands of the Willamette, Umpqua, and Siuslaw watersheds. Raindrops that fall only a short distance away travel vastly different routes to the Pacific Ocean. Edges and boundary zones – the ecologists and cultural anthropologists tell us – are where excitement, diversity, and creativity happen.

We invite you to enjoy the uniqueness of the 40-acre site and to allow this crossroad to move you.

Our Residences

Our Garden

Strawbale Dormitory

Natural Building

Our Forest

Enjoy the campus with your community, a Board retreat, or a workshop. Or stay overnight in our six-bedroom dormitory. Visit our Event Rentals page here. Please send any inquiries about event rentals to Josh@rurallivelihoods.org

Open House

Our next Open House tour of the campus will be
on a Sunday late morning in spring 2023.

Check back for details.