Ecology Residency

Estuary house in a  Sitka Spruce forest

Estuary house in a Sitka Spruce forest

Ecology Residency

Otis, OR, United States

In the face of global ecological concerns such as climate change, rising sea levels, deforestation, human overpopulation and species extinction, the mission of the Ecology Residency is to provide ecologists, environmental journalists, filmmakers, inventors, educators, architects and others working on the creative edge of these issues time and space to advance their work and amplify their impact. The Ecology Residency aims to foster a supportive environment for independent work and reflection, and to encourage creative problem solving, collaboration and innovation free from the constraints of academic and institutional settings.

One or more Ecology Residents will be selected each year. Special attention will be given to projects that will directly benefit from proximity to the Oregon coast, the Cascade Head Scenic Research Area, the Salmon River Estuary and/or United States Forest Service Experimental Forest lands. Ecology-inspired and interdisciplinary collaborations will also be considered.

No laboratory or other equipment is provided, but scientists are invited to bring their own equipment if it can be accommodated. There is the possibility to partner with the Hatfield Marine Science Center as part of the Oregon State University's Marine Studies Initiative, and to tap into other academic, scientific and research resources in the region.


56605 Sitka Dr
Otis, OR 97368-9509
United States

Year Founded
Residency Structure
Embedded in an arts or cultural organization (including theater + gallery)
Longterm/embedded in neighborhood
Embedded in intentional community
Residency Program Type
Studio-based (with housing)
Residency Length
2 weeks - 3 months
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
May apply as a team
Literary Nonfiction
Environmental Arts
Pets are not allowed
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
Residents granted leave during residency
Spouses/partners allowed for full stay (non-collaborators)
Children allowed for full stay
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Give artist talk or presentation
How does your residency program support artists?
Opportunity to be in another context
Opportunity to travel
Unstructured time
Inspiration from natural environment
Opportunities to develop relationships with local or regional artists/arts organizations
Opportunities to collaborate with local or regional artists/arts organizations
Opportunities to collaborate with other artists/residents
Opportunities to develop relationships with other artists/residents
Opportunities for work with the local community
Number of Artists Accepted in Most Current Year
Total Applicant Pool in Most Current Year
Artist Stipend
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
Residency Fees
Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
Application Fee
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application
What does your program provide during the residency experience?
Manual / handbook before arrival
Communication before arrival to discuss accommodations, medical conditions, or other health needs
Orientation upon arrival
Contact information and available accommodations for programs, events, and campus
Is your campus wheelchair accessible?
Partially Accessible
Additional Accessibility Information

Sitka’s studios, the office and library are ADA accessible. We have one cabin that is ADA accessible The cabins and studios are situated on a steep slope that also impacts accessibility at our facility. There is a gravel pathway from the parking lot to the office. We have a courtyard behind and above the office that can be reached via car. This courtyard has ramps off of it with access to two studios and our ADA cabin. Please contact us directly with specific questions or provide information about your needs in your application. Sitka is unable to accommodate residents’ pets. If you require a certified service animal, please disclose this information in your application so that we may accommodate you appropriately.

Case by case consideration by staff
Accessibility Contact Name
Tamara Jennings
Accessibility Contact Email
Accessibility Contact Phone Number
Other Services/Aids Offered in Residency + Other Programming

For residents without access to a car the local grocery store has online ordering and delivery. 

We can assist with connecting residents with volunteers to explore the local area together.

For orientation there is lot's of information we tell residents, we can assist with an orientation document with bullet points for residents to take notes on to help with processing all the information. 

How much of the residency experience can artists with limited mobility participate?

The office, library and all three studios are accessible for a person with limited mobility.  We have one house that is designed for a person with limited mobility..  

Please briefly describe the facilities and areas of the campus that are NOT accessible.

The campus is situated on a steep hill.  Most of the houses have stairs in order to access the living spaces.  The laundry room is not accessible without climbing stairs.

Type of Housing
Private housing on campus (individual apartment/cabin/house)
Private housing off campus (individual apartment/cabin/house)
Accessible Housing
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Housing for Companion And/or Caregivers
Case by case consideration
Accessible Communal Spaces
ADA Compliant
Additional Housing Information
Access to laundry on campus
WIFI available in housing
Heat and Cool control managed by resident
Meals Provided
Residents have access to private kitchen
No meals are provided
Additional Meals Information
Computer/Internet Access
Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared)
Wireless Internet (WIFI)
Ethernet provided in living or studio area
Studios/Special Equipment
Private Studios
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Studio Support/Tech
Studio/facility orientation provided