April Updates from The Crest

willow stakes transplanted in wet meadow

Willow stakes transplanted into the wet meadow at Willow-Witt Ranch

The snow from this month’s storms is nearly all melted at Willow-Witt Ranch. The land is taking on a bright green hue and we’re excited to get in the swing of restoration work again! Find details about upcoming May volunteer events later in this email.

It’s not too late to support The Crest for Earth Month! $4 from every earth marble purchase at Paddington Station in Ashland goes directly towards our scholarship fund.

We had a blast getting out and connecting with our community at Southern Oregon University’s Earth Day Extravaganza and Ashland Food Co-op’s Earth Day Celebration this past weekend.


What Are We Up To?

The Crest Nature Day Camps summer 2022

The Crest’s Nature Day Camp

The Crest is offering 12 weeks of Nature Day Camp this summer, from June 13th to September 2nd. Online camp registration is open, and the early-bird pricing is available until May 31st.

Camp bus, morning snack, and weekly produce bags from Willow-Witt Ranch are all included!

participants at The Crest outdoor school and naturee summer day camps programs

Interested in a seasonal position at The Crest Outdoor School and/or Nature Summer Day Camp programs? Contact us!


Take Action, Learn More

trail maintenance volunteers improving trails at The Crest

Trail Maintenance Volunteer Days

Thursday, May 5, 2022, 10am – 1pm
Thursday, May 19, 2022, 10am – 1pm

Come join us as we give the trails at Willow-Witt Ranch a spring clean-up and get them ready for our students, campers, and visitors to enjoy in the coming months! 

Please contact us for details and to RSVP for a trail maintenance day!


What’s Growing?
large-leaved lupine

Lupine

Large-leaved Lupine (Lupinus polphyllus) is a perennial legume with hollow stalks and large leaves. The plants flower between May and August, with flowers ranging in color from white to purple-blue. Large-leaved Lupine is native to western North America. The meadow at Willow-Witt Ranch is filled with Lupine in the late spring!

What’s Growing?
corn lily

Corn Lily

Corn Lily (Veratrum californicum) is growing among the willow in the wetlands! Corn Lily is a flowering plant that grows in moist environments at high elevation. Its flower clusters can grow on stalks up to six feet tall! Corn Lily usually blooms in July or August.

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The Crest nonprofit organization relies on donations to support youth programs and give community groups the chance to experience the wonders of nature to learn about and feel a connection to the natural world. Please consider contributing to this natural legacy by making a tax-deductible donation.

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