Welcome to the Evans Valley Education & Community Center!

"Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago." -- Warren Buffett

Join us at our monthly meetings the 1st Tuesday each month in the Annex from 7-8pm.

The Story About an Amazing Community!

Nestled in the quiet expanse of the Evans Valley, the Evans Valley School

was built in 1923 by local families in order to consolidate the 5 small schools

of Wimer, Mays Creek, Bybee Springs, Minthorne and Upper Pleasant Creek Road.  The charming “school on the hill” has been the pride and joy of the community ever since.

Located 7 miles past Rogue River, Oregon, the small unincorporated town of Wimer includes a population with an unwavering appreciation for rural life and community.  In addition to the beloved school, Wimer is also home to the

Wimer Covered Bridge.  Originally built in 1892, the bridge was rebuilt by the community in 1927 and then again in 2008 after a collapse. 

In the early 1960’s Evans Valley residents began to debate whether the Evans Valley School should be merged into Rogue River School District.  And so it came to be in 1965 by a divided 45% to 55% public vote.  Over the decades since the merge, declining enrollment throughout Rogue River and Wimer has taken a toll on district finances, and in June of 2010 the Evans Valley School doors were closed.

The community shed its tears, yet never bid farewell, knowing that they would find a way to return the school back to the community that built it.  And they did!   Under an Oregon statute that allows a government entity to transfer title of property to a non-profit organization, the Evans Valley Community Association was given ownership of the school in December 2012.

Evans Valley Education & Community Center encompasses 28 acres of pristine forest, abundant wildlife, meadows, a salmon bearing creek, a

baseball field, playground, a track and walking and biking trails. A main building of 22,000 sq. feet houses a gym and stage, and a 6,200 sq. ft.

annex has 5 classrooms. 


The Annex is currently being used by Evans Valley Education Co-op, an

applied learning program that provides enrichment activities and support to

home schooled students.  You can get more information on their program at www.evecoop.com

In 2017 we completed the new roof on the main building.  Duro-last roofing graciously donated the material and expertise for our gym room, which honored their long time employee Kevin Kelly.  Kevin passed in 2015 and was a Wimer community member, known for his coaching of youth.  Future renovations include updating our heating system, a commercial kitchen, a computer lab and library, museum, meeting rooms, a special event hall and more!  While the grounds are being maintained by dedicated volunteers, future improvements include a community garden, a disc golf course, a ropes course and an amphitheater to bring community together on warm summer nights.

In April 2013 volunteers started a Thrift Store and Recycling Center.  Both are open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am-2pm.  We welcome gently used donations and provide a Tax Deductible Receipt.  We also graciously accept donation of CRV Deposit Bottles and Cans.  The money we raise from these endeavors will help us keep the building insured and attain our planned improvements.

We welcome you to join us as we continue to serve the Evans Valley with a deep commitment and appreciation for education and community!

Our Vision:  Evans Valley Community Association will be

a resource for youth education and enrichment opportunities

for all ages.

Our Mission:   Evans Valley Community Association is a community-focused organization dedicated to fostering participation in education, arts, agriculture, recreation, civic and social activities for all ages; to enhance the livability of our community and to maintain the historical significance of the property entrusted to us.

Make a Tax Deductible Donation Today via our Donate Button

We also accept donations by check. 

Please make checks payable to EVCA, and mail to: 

PO Box 803, Rogue River, OR  97537

We THANK YOU!
Helping us is easy!  Whether you can donate your Box Tops for Education, link your Rays All Access card to benefit EVCA,
shop at our Thrift Store, donate metal, or cash or services, it doesn't take a lot to make a huge difference!

Join Us!

Whether you are a lifetime advocate or new to our cause, we invite you to join us. We welcome new ideas and value enthusiasm from members and volunteers, new and old! 

Come to Our Meetings!  Held at the facility on the 1st Tuesday each month.  

Become a Member!  Just $15 per year per person, your annual dues help us pay our insurances and more.

Help on a Committee! 

At this time we have Budget, Fund-raising and Grounds Committees.  Our Budget Committee is in charge of our funds and planning our budget.  Our Fundraising Committee works together to create ways to make money.  Our Grounds Committee is broken down by interests.  They focus on Grounds Maintenance, Agriculture, Forest, Gardening, Landscape and Watershed.  Our top priority is gaining financial donations that will help us repair the facility so that we may move forward, using it's full potential.

Come join us, we'd love to have you!  Email info@evansvalley.org or call 541.282.4795.


 

 8205 East Evans Creek Road, Rogue River (Wimer), OR | 541.582.6006 or 541.282.4795