Dr. Lanita Witt and Suzanne Willow at Willow-Witt Ranch
December 15, 2022

It is with great sadness that we inform of you of Dr. Lanita Witt’s death this morning with her loving wife, Suzanne, by her side. The outpouring of love from all of you yesterday will carry her safely on this last journey. She was a force of love, caring, and good in this world and will be sorely missed.

  • The ranch will be closed to public visitors unless prior arrangements have been made until January 1st.
  • The The Forest Conservation Burial Ground of Southern Oregon remains open dawn to dusk for visitors.
  • A public memorial will be held on the summer solstice. Dates and more info to come.

Thank you for your love and support,
The team at Willow-Witt Ranch

Read the December 24th Mail Tribune article “Remembering the full life of Dr. Lanita Witt” written by Morgan Rothborne.

Outdoor School at The Crest

2023 is here and The Crest education team is hard at work planning for a great Spring Outdoor School season!

Registration is now open for Fall Outdoor School and there’s still space for more programs in the Spring.

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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We’re Hiring!

The Crest is hiring an Administrative Assistant!

Support our mission of cultivating connection between people and nature by bringing your administrative skills to The Crest.

NEW! Crest Logo Hats!

Hats with The Crest logo are now available for purchase!

These hats are made locally and feature The Crest logo embroidered on the front. Commemorate the first two years of the Turtle Trot by purchasing a long-sleeve 2020 shirt or a short-sleeve 2021 shirt. Shirts are certified organic cotton and won’t shrink or fade! Order now and pick up at the Willow-Witt Ranch Farm Store.

Youth programs


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.

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!


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!


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.

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