Residency Programs

About the Residency Programs

As part of the Long-Term Ecological Reflections program, residents live at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in the Oregon Cascade Range for one to two weeks (duration negotiable) and interact with the forest, streams, and scientists. Residents are encouraged to visit several designated Reflection Plots for inspiration about the forest and our relation with it. The resulting works, which will form a collection spanning hundreds of years, are gathered in permanent archives at Oregon State University, and are accessible via the web-based Forest Log. The book Forest Under Story offers a report of the first decade.

Andrews Forest Residencies

Creative individuals whose work in any genre reflects a keen awareness of the natural world and an appreciation for scientific, literary, and artistic ways of knowing are invited to apply for residencies at the Andrews Forest.

For the Andrews Forest Residencies, writers are provided:

  • A comfortable apartment at the Forest
  • Access to a majestic ancient forest and world-renowned research site
  • Opportunities to interact with researchers as they go about their work
  • Opportunities to have their works included in The Forest Log
  • The residencies are intended to provide concentrated time for personal creative work that promises to further the exploration of the relationship of humans to the rest of the natural world.


While we want residents to have freedom to pursue their own work during the residency, we also ask that each resident:

  • Visit at some point during the residency, each of four designated “Reflections Plots,” places of significant natural and research interest, and record some observations and reflections about those places.
  • Give permission to include documentation of some of the work from the residency in The Forest Log, a web-based anthology of notes, observations, poems, vignettes, essays, digital representations of art and music pieces, or insights, both working and “finished” pieces, that will over time constitute a multi-dimensional portrait of the Andrews Forest. We encourage residents to publish in any journal or other outlet they see fit.  We ask only to have the rights to reprint anything you publish elsewhere about the Andrews Forest.
  • Write a brief letter reflecting on the residency, offering suggestions on what we can do in the future to make these residencies as conducive as possible to the goal of encouraging Long-Term Ecological Reflections.


Residents provide their own transportation and take care of their meals while at the Andrews. The apartment’s kitchen is well equipped with cookware and dishes. Internet connectivity is available, but may be limited during the busy summer season. Residents should bring a laptop if they so desire.  A landline telephone is available in the headquarters building. Residents should have a calling card or pre-paid phone card if they wish to place long-distance calls. Cell phones generally do not work at the Andrews, although connectivity is available nearby.

A restaurant, small grocery store, and other conveniences are nearby. If you have any questions, please contact us. The staff of the Andrews Forest and the Spring Creek Project will endeavor to make each residency at the Andrews inspired, productive, and rejuvenating.

Writers-in-Residence Programs

The Long-Term Ecological Reflections program hosts two Writers-in-Residence Programs at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest—the Blue River Writing Fellowship and the Andrews Forest Writing Residency. Each program occurs twice a year. Creative writers whose work reflects a keen awareness of the natural world and an appreciation for both scientific and literary ways of knowing are invited to apply for the Andrews Forest Writers Residency. The Blue River Fellowships are offered to well-established writers by invitation.

Blue River Fellows have included David Gessner (Spring 2015), John Daniel (Fall 2014), Joseph Bruchac (Spring 2013), Brian Turner (Fall 2011), Gary Paul Nabhan (Fall 2009), John Elder (Spring 2008), Freeman House (Spring 2008), Scott Russell Sanders (Fall 2008), Mary Evelyn Tucker  (Fall 2007), Michael Nelson (Fall 2006), Alison Hawthorne Deming (Spring 2006), Pattiann Rogers (Fall 2005), Scott Slovic (Spring 2005), Robin Kimmerer (Fall 2004), and Robert Michael Pyle (Spring 2004).

Writer Residency Schedule

The spring writer residency occurs in the period March 1 to May 31. The fall residency occurs between October 1 and November 30. When you apply for a residency, please identify up to three blocks of time (7-14 days each) that will work with your schedule.

Deadlines: December 1 for the Spring Residencies. May 15 for the Fall Residencies.

Apply for an Andrews Forest Writers Residency

Residencies are available in the fall and spring. Applications for the fall retreat are due in May, and applications for the spring retreat are due in December. We will post the Call for Proposals on our website well in advance of the deadlines.

Artists-, Scholars-, Composers-in-Residence Programs

Residency programs for artists, scholars, and composers are handled on a case-by-case basis.

Please contact us for more information

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