Watch the Grass grow, at Sitka

The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology will host an open house at its new Grass Mountain property on Saturday, Aug. 4, offering tours, short hikes and live music.

The 80-acre site of rolling meadows and diverse coastal woodlands sits high above the Pacific, managed by the same family for more than 100 years.

The additional space has increased Sitka’s capacity, allowing the center to run its workshop and residency programs simultaneously for the first time this summer. Meanwhile, the two-bedroom home on the property has opened up an opportunity for collaborative and family residencies.

From 11 am to 2 pm on Saturday, guests at the open house will be able to tour the house and studio as well as exploring the forest and meadows while enjoying the property’s stunning views. Light refreshments will be provided, as well as live music from Lincoln City musicians Nora Sherwood and Gary Burman and short hikes focusing on the local ecology.

Visitors are encouraged to bring a lunch and find a spot to enjoy a picnic.

To attend, catch a shuttle from the Cascade Head Experimental Forest Research Station in Otis. From the Otis Cafe on Highway 18, drive 1.7 miles northeast on Old Highway 101. Return shuttles will run throughout the day.

For more information, call 541-994-5485 or go to

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