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Jack's Heritage Oak Tree - photograph courtesy of Michelle Milne

Jack's Oak Will Live On

As the historic Oak tree known as “Jack’s Oak” nears the end of its life cycle, Glen Ellen neighboring organizations Jack London State Historic Park and Quarryhill Botanical Garden have come together to celebrate and honor the life of this beloved tree. On Sunday, October 6, at a public celebration honoring the tree, local children will gather acorns and ceremoniously bring them from Jack London State Historic Park to Quarryhill Botanical Garden where they will be planted. Next spring, the seedlings from these acorns will be presented during the annual Arbor Day celebration in Sonoma Plaza.   

The tree, a bridge that links the present to the past, and the acorns that symbolize the future will be the focus of the celebration with local artists paying tribute. Poets will honor Jack London’s legacy and his beloved Oak, from which he drew so much inspiration and under whose limbs he sat to write some of his masterpieces, which have endured to this day. Dancers will celebrate the life of the tree followed by a blessing from an elder of the Coast Miwok Tribe. After a solemn good bye is bid to the “Grandmother Tree” that has stood in this spot for several hundred years, a promising look ahead to the future will be set in motion as local children gather acorns to be brought to Quarryhill Botanical Garden where they will be planted. In the spirit of the day–celebrating the cycle of life and most especially renewal–festivities will conclude at Quarryhill with musical performances, activities for the children and picnics.

This public celebration is a free event for the community (although there is a $10 parking fee, collected at the entrance kiosk at Jack London State Historic Park; Parking at Quarryhill is free). This is an opportunity for the public to come together and pay tribute to “Jack’s Oak,” which so many people love. Having the children from the area gather the acorns, which are the “children” of the tree, engages the next generation to participate in the cycle of life as we acknowledge the Grandmother Tree letting go.

Children from Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance, and  Hanna Boys Center will participate in the acorn gathering.

Schedule of activities

Celebration at the tree in the Jack London Beauty Ranch
Gathering of Acorns at the tree by children to bring to Quarryhill
11:00am to Noon
Special Docent led tours at Jack London Park
Noon to 2:00pm
Celebration moves to Quarryhill Botanical Garden to include music, family activities and picnics (food not provided onsite; bring your own picnic)
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