Center to host ‘Oak Tree School Remembered’ story night Saturday |

Center to host ‘Oak Tree School Remembered’ story night Saturday

The story of Oak Tree School has been described as a pivotal moment in San Juan Ridge history and community building, and, for the younger generation, as a critical aspect of their unique experience growing up on the Ridge.

The construction of Oak Tree School was nothing short of a radical experiment in community building, local politics and grass roots education.

While the impetus behind the building of the school grew out of the back-to-the-land ethos, its construction and operation brought about unprecedented cross-cultural collaborations — and at times conflicts — that have had a lasting influence on the Ridge community.

The story of Oak Tree School is an invitation to explore what education means to different people and how education can be a site for community and social transformation.

On April 11, the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center will host an open and free event — “Oak Tree School Remembered” — at the Oak Tree Lodge.

Representatives of the original construction crew will be on hand to share some stories. Others in the community are invited to come prepared to share a five- to 10-minute anecdote about that experience.

Center staff will be recording the evening and sharing some of the stories as part of the comprehensive exhibition to be unveiled in July.

Residents may also submit a story or photographs at

Organizers said doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the event will begin at 7:30 p.m.

They added that child care will be provided courtesy of the FRC.

This event takes place at Oak Tree School (now operated by the Family Resource Center) on the San Juan Ridge, 18847 Oak Tree Road.

Community members who have any artifacts, journal entries, or photographs from the construction of Oak Tree School, and would like to share their story about the construction of the school and the subsequent events, or are interested in how they can contribute to this project, may contact Project Director Jeff Adams at 530-265-2826.

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