We offer three types of tours: Public Tours, Expanded Accessibility Tours and Private Tours. Our Visitor Rules and Tips (below) apply to all tours.
1 Public Tours
During the warmer months, Sanctuary One conducts regularly-scheduled tours for the public. During the tour, a staff member or volunteer will guide you around the farm, explain how a care farm works, and answer your questions. The tour also includes a chance to meet the Sanctuary’s herd of rescued farm animals and house pets. For visitors needing mobility assistance, we are able to offer golf-cart tours with prior notice.
We will be offering tours every Friday and Saturday morning at 10:30 AM sharp. Tours last 90 minutes and involve walking about 3/4 mile. Admission is $10 each (ages 2 and under are free). Reservations are required and can be made online.
We are continually monitoring Jackson county phase levels and will adjust as safety requires. **With the new May 18th state guidelines we no longer require masks during tours. Oregon Health Authority strongly recommends that individuals who are unvaccinated or who are at risk for severe COVID-19 disease continue to wear a mask** Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to seeing you on the farm.
We will be practicing safe distancing (6 feet from touring parties and Sanctuary One staff/volunteers) and hygiene (hand washing) during the tour. A tour guide will meet you at the farmstand by the parking lot and will have hand sanitizer for you before the tour starts.
At this time we have removed in-cottage tour access, however, you will still meet many animals in our barnyard and tour the entire farm. The main change will be that you will see cats and dogs from the outside areas vs inside and you will not go into the farmhouse.
Sanctuary One is striving to follow Oregon Health Authority with both business and recreational guidelines.
Thank you for participating
2 Expanded Accessibility Tours
To serve more diverse communities in our valley, we offer Expanded Accessibility Tours for groups that require extra attention and care. Groups are limited to 12 attendees total, and each tour is modified to the capabilities of the group.
Advance arrangements are required; the first step is to complete an online reservation form.
3 Private Tours
Here’s your chance to have a private tour with one of our knowledgeable managers, who will tell you all about the history of Sanctuary One and care farming. You’ll experience all the same sights and sounds as our public tours, but on a more personal level; enjoying all the animal stories, spending time in our permaculture-inspired gardens, walking the labyrinth or strolling down to Mule Creek.
Private tours must be scheduled in advance. The fee for a private tour is $250 for up to 10 people.
Please call 541-899-8627 or send us an email for more information or to schedule a tour.
- No personal pets allowed.
- Please do not feed the animals. It is also important that you do not carry any food, including gum or candy, in your pockets or purse.
- Do not approach the animals without first checking with staff. Many of our animals come from situations of abuse and neglect and must be handled with care.
- The Sanctuary is a vegetarian facility. If you bring a snack with you, please make sure it’s meat-free.
- Closed-toed shoes required, no sandals or flip-flops.
- Smoking and alcohol are not permitted anywhere on the Sanctuary premises.
- Individuals under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
5Tips for Visitors
- If you have special needs and are unable to traverse rough terrain, please call in advance. The Sanctuary wants to make sure everyone has a positive experience and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
- Bring a refillable water bottle.
- Be on the lookout for snakes, bees, spiders and other natural wildlife.
- There is no cell phone service at the Sanctuary. Be sure to print directions prior to your departure.
Please remember that many of our animals are recovering from abuse or neglect. Our policies are designed to protect visitors and animal residents alike.
How to Get Here
We are located at 13195 Upper Applegate Road near Jacksonville, Oregon. From downtown Jacksonville, head west on Highway 238 for 8 miles to the town of Ruch. Turn left at Upper Applegate Road. Drive 12.5 miles; Sanctuary One is on the left-hand side. If you pass mile marker 13 or reach Applegate Lake, you’ve gone too far. See a map.
Make a Day of It
When you visit Sanctuary One why not make a day of it? There are a lot of wonderful places to visit in the Applegate within just 12 miles of Sanctuary One. Check out What to Do in Southern Oregon blog posts about the Bigfoot Trap and Grouse Loop Trail and the nearby McKee Bridge. Read about all the action at Applegate Lake and trail options. In Ruch you’ll find Sweets-n-Eats, the Ruch Country Store, and the Indigo Grill. Cowhorn winery and Valley View Winery are in the neighborhood too.