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Advanced course at Wolf Gulch Farm

Course starts Sunday, May 7th at 10:00 AM, and the week will end on Friday, May 12th at 5:00 PM.  Meet at the first parking lot just up the drive of Wolf Gulch Farm, 7000 Little Applegate Road, Jacksonville, Oregon at milepost 8.  Driving time from Ashland or Medford is about 1 hour.  Students are welcome and encouraged to arrive the previous evening, especially if you're coming from far away.  Do not expect to have cell phone reception at Wolf Gulch.

Directions:  Use maps to locate your best route to Hwy 238 and/or Jacksonville (west of Medford).  Take 238 from Jacksonville to Ruch (first business area).  Turn left (south) onto Applegate Rd.  Come a couple of miles to Little Applegate Rd., turn left (east).  Continue up Little Applegate past the end of the pavement about 2 miles.  Watch for the driveway for 7000 Little Applegate on your left, just next to milepost 8. Come about 300 ft. up the driveway and turn right into the parking area.

Feel free to contact us with any questions.

CHECK LIST OF WHAT TO BRING:   * =  an item you must bring.  Others are somewhat optional as we can share.  Perhaps check with the people with whom you are carpooling to make sure you have provided from amongst your group.

Water:  Limited water is available on-site.  Each person should bring at least 3 gallons of drinking/cleaning water.  Exceptions made for people coming by public transit.

* 3-5 gallons per person to drink and contribute to cooking and washing, (or more)

* water bottle

Clothing:  Temperatures at Wolf Gulch tend to the extremes.  Be prepared for very hot or very cold temperatures.  This time of year is very unpredictable and could be in the 70's or down to the 20's.  Layers are necessary with warm things for sitting in semi-heated conditions.  Definitely bring a hat and clothes for being out in rain.

* Raingear.  Rain repellant but breathable work jacket.  We will be walking and working outside regardless of weather conditions.

* Long sleeve shirts and long pants for moving through brush; burr-proof clothes such as tight nylon (quick dry) work well

* Sun hat  (brimmed hat for strong horizontal sun)

* Stout shoes

Warm gloves/mittens, fingerless gloves are useful

Wool cap and scarf

Daytime/Class Comfort:   Poison oak will require constant awareness.  Ours is not super potent to most folks, but this is the time of year when it's vibrant. A hot cup can be helpful in staying warm throughout the day.   Hot water will be available for tea most of the time if the weather is chilly.

* Daypack or bag for carrying clothing, tools, while roaming far from camp

* Sun screen

* Camp chair (hopefully 2) If you have space for two, you can have one in the classroom and one at the eating area.  A very portable stool would be handy.  

Tarp to sit on or hang for rain protection

Small thermos and/or insulated cup for tea

Solar shower bag

Bring only biodegradable soaps/shampoo.  Soap will be provided. Shower priority will be given to those who are sensitive to poison oak.


* Rain-protected clipboard/notebook.  This can be rain resistant notebook, field notebook or a plastic bag over your notebook.

* Sketch book or unlined white paper for drawing; 6"x8" or larger

* Pencils/pens

* Work gloves

* 10x hand lens or loupe

Pocket microscope such as Carson MicroBrite 20-40x

Botanical field guide or flora that covers Southern Oregon

Whistle for signaling when out of sight

Small binoculars 

Small pruners (Felco or equivalent)


The course site at Wolf Gulch is a camping area with composting toilets and a tarped shelter which we use as both the classroom and kitchen.  Tent sites are designated and prepared before your arrival.  We encourage participants to show up Monday evening to set up camp.  There is a  Solar shower available if the sun is shining. Some folks can sleep in the classroom in the event of very inclement weather. 

Camping Gear: 

* Tent (sharing is good), tent footprint, 

* warm sleeping bag 

* sleeping pad

* flashlight (headlamp is helpful for doing tasks and walking in the dark)



Meals:  No food is provided through your course fee.  We will create dinner together from your food contributions. Everyone usually makes their own breakfast and lunch, but we may decide to cook warm food together at lunch as well, especially if there are leftovers.  There will be a camp kitchen with stove and wash-up area. Additional cook stoves could be useful.

Some days during the course we will be away from camp at lunch.  Bring food you can carry in your backpack for lunch.

At dinner, we will be providing a big pot of grain (rice or quinoa) each evening and making a stew or stir-fry and salad from whatever people bring.  Dairy and meats will be kept separate from the rest of the food, but are appreciated by many.  We will have pots for boiling water and some pans for frying/toasting. 

A note about meat:  We are a remote location with wildlife and limited cleaning facilities.  Please bring only meat with limited preparation need and/or leftover parts.  Bring your own stove and pans for frying meat.


* your own breakfast and lunch

* vegies and other contribution to dinner 

tea & snacks to share, Shared tea snacks are greatly appreciated.

beverages and field snacks if desired

Kitchen gear:

* Ice chest (sharing is good).  It's good to keep food contained and out of reach to critters.  

* Dishes and utensils.  

Small pot if needed for breakfast or other personal cooking.

Small stove, optional



Maximum of 15 students.  We can help arrange carpooling.