The Crest at WIllow Wit building the connection between people and nature

Cultivating the connection between people and nature

The Crest is an educational non-profit organization based at Willow-Witt Ranch, in the mountains of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument east of Ashland, Oregon. Through self-guided tours, public events, school programs, and summer camps, we help visitors of all ages explore their roles and responsibilities in our dynamic local ecosystems.

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Turtle Trot 2022 5k Trail Race is on Now!

Turtle Trot 5k trail race fundraiser for The Crest

The Crest is hosting our 3rd annual Turtle Trot fundraiser 5k trail race now through September 30th. Funds will support outdoor education programs, classes and field trips for students from surrounding school districts. 

September 1 – 30, 2022
6am – 8pm daily
5k Trail Race • Prizes for Winners in 6 categories • Logo T-shirts & Hats • 50/50 Raffle

Explore Willow-Witt Ranch from home!

Join our Education Coordinator for an interactive, fun and fact-filled journey through the forest, wetland and farm at Willow-Witt Ranch. Meet the birds, try a new recipe, learn from Beatrice (our most famous turtle) and more!

Youth programs


YEAR-AROUND LEARNING, FUN
& ADVENTURE

We have a variety of programs for schools, community groups, and families to come and experience The Crest. Whether one night at our campground or summer day camps for school-age children, there’s plenty to explore, learn and enjoy.

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Events & activities

Event proceeds at Willow-Witt Ranch go to The Crest to help fund the non-profit organization and its programs. Featuring live music, farm dinners, open barn days and more. Come support a good cause and have a fun family-friendly time!

SOME HISTORY

About the land

We acknowledge that the Shasta, Upland Takelma, Latgawa and Athabaskan peoples stewarded these lands for millennia. We also acknowledge the intergenerational trauma caused by their forcible removal from their ancestral lands. The people whose ancestors lived on this land are now citizens of The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians, The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, or The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde.

The latest news…

Summer Fun With The Crest

Summer has arrived! Week three of Nature Day Camp is underway. So far this summer, campers have been loving playing games …

KTVL – How a summer camp aims to help kids heal together from pandemic, wildfire trauma

What started out as a COVID-19 child care provider quickly turned into a safe haven for kids to spend time out in nature. …

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658 Shale City Road
Ashland OR 97520

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