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Dr. Lanita Witt smiles as she holds a duck at Willow-Witt Ranch barn Dr. Lanita Witt smiles as she holds a duck at Willow-Witt Ranch barn

The Crest is proud to announce the Lanita Witt Memorial Scholarship Fund

Community cooperation and assistance was of prime importance to Lanita, who died December 15, 2022. Scholarship support allowed her to attend college, then medical school at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, support she never forgot.

Join the community of supporters who are strengthening students’ connection to Farm, Forest, Water, and Each Other.  This revolving fund will provide transportation and scholarships for students attending Summer Enrichment Programs at The Crest.

Donate to the Lanita Witt Memorial Scholarship Fund

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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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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Announcing the Lanita Witt Scholarship Fund

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