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Why You Should Visit
Ancient juniper stands and grassland communities inhabit this jewel of the eastern Cascades. An ancient stand of western junipers includes some of the oldest specimens in the state, dated at over 800 years old.
The preserve, located at 3,300-feet elevation on the eastern slopes of the Cascades north of Sisters, was the gift of a couple who built a home at the site by hand and devoted their lives to conservation and environmental education.
North of Sisters in Central Oregon
What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing
Volunteer caretakers supervise work parties, lead interpretive hikes and maintain preserve facilities.
The slow-growing junipers, together with dispersed ponderosa pine, thrive in one of the driest regions of Oregon, with annual precipitation of less than 10 inches. Under the juniper trees, an understory of bitterbrush and grassland communities, including native bluebunch wheatgrass and Idaho fescue, are in excellent ecological condition.
Birds including the screech owl, white-headed woodpecker, Swainson's hawk and northern shrike nest among Wildhaven's juniper and pine forests.
Wildhaven is open to the public on the first weekend of each month from April through October, excluding Labor Day Weekend in September. The preserve is closed for the remainder of the year. For more information, please see our Preserve Visitation Guidelines.
NOTE: There are two options for parking. There is space on the side of the entrance, before a cable over the driveway. Walk up the driveway to approach the preserve. Alternately, you can move the cable and proceed .25 mile up the driveway to the guest parking lot. Be sure to replace the cable after you have driven through. When the preserve is not open, the cable will be locked.