students from Windham-Ashland-Jewett (WAJ) Science Club learn about tree identification in the Siuslaw Model Forest (May 2016)

Students from Windham-Ashland-Jewett Science Club learn about tree identification

About the Agroforestry Resource Center (ARC)

Since its establishment in 2003, the Agroforestry Resource Center has hosted hundreds of educational events, drawing an audience of thousands from around the region and across the Northeast. 

Education and Demonstrations

A wide variety of educational programs are offered to a diverse audiences that include municipal officials, highway personnel, foresters and loggers, farmers, landowners, families, nature enthusiasts and people with an interest in sustainable land-use practices.

Programs on forest-related topics include forest management for landowners, forest ecology & silviculture, legacy planning, and Trained Logger Certification. Agroforestry topics include tree identification basics, tree pruning, ginseng & mushroom cultivation, beginner beekeeping, backyard maple syrup production, sustainable gardening and edible landscaping.

Educational programs that relate to our Natural Resource Program area include stream science, post flood stream intervention training, stream ecology, land use planning for flood resiliency, invasive species detection & management and tick-borne disease awareness.

Demonstrations include a rain garden that captures roof runoff; a maple sugar shack and a super sweet maple tree grove. A weather station and demonstrations of mushroom cultivation, best management practices for woods roads and biofuels can be found at the Siuslaw Model Forest, located just across the road from the Agroforestry Resource Center.

Art Exhibits

The conference room at the Agroforestry Resource Center includes an art gallery, with nature and landscape art of all media exhibited on a bi-monthly basis. Exhibits by talented local and regional artists including photographers, painters and sculptors. The gallery is curated by artist Stanley Maltzman. Are you an artist interested in exhibiting your work? To request more information about exhibiting your work at the Gallery, email

Conference Center

Our beautiful conference center is equipped with presentation technology, Wi-Fi, air conditioning and a full kitchen. The warm atmosphere of art gallery lends a unique aspect to every event held in the conference room, which is available for rental for meetings and workshops by non-profit, municipal and private groups. For more information about conference room rental, download our Facilities Reservation Form.

Insect & Plant Disease Identification

Our trained staff will identify insect pests, plants and plant diseases. Soil testing services are also available for a small fee. Our staff will identify ticks and provide information on Lyme and tick-borne disease prevention, tick removal and landscape management for reducing risk.

Last updated October 16, 2020