Big News from The Crest

2022 Turtle Trot 5k race runner

Thank You Turtle Trotters!

2022 Turtle Trot 5k race runner

That’s a wrap on The Crest’s 3rd annual Turtle Trot 5k!  Thank you to everyone who participated, and we hope you had a wonderful walk/run on the beautiful trails of Willow-Witt Ranch. 

Your race registrations directly support The Crest and enable us to provide our community with quality place-based nature education at Willow-Witt Ranch.

For all who ran this year, and everybody else, please join us for the 4th annual Turtle Trot, September 1-30, 2023!

Thank you to this year’s Turtle Trot sponsors: Ace Hardware, Shop n Kart, Deluxe Awning Company, 2 Hearts 4 Feet Coaching, The Forest Conservation Burial Ground, and Willow-Witt Ranch.

Turtle Trot 5k trail race fundraiser for The Crest

Winning Trotters!

Turtle Trot 2022 Race Winners:

Slowest: Rebekah Bergkoetter
Youngest: Finley Harper and Minya Jubaw
Oldest: Bea Bacher-Wetmore
Fastest: Sara Evans
Most Times Trotted: Andrew Gast
50/50 Raffle: Bea & Bob Bacher-Wetmore


New! Support The Crest and Stay Sun Safe

Hats with The Crest’s logo are now available for purchase! 

These hats are made locally, offer SPF 50+, and feature The Crest’s logo beautifully embroidered on the front and the word “Conservation” embroidered on the back. Order your logo gear online now and pick up at the Willow-Witt Ranch Farm Store. Hats are held on the honor system with your name. They make fabulous gifts!

Big News!

AmeriCorps team member Emily

Welcoming Emily Johnson, our new AmeriCorps Member for The Crest!

Emily grew up on a small family farm in the desert of central Arizona and earned Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Chemistry from Northern Arizona University, graduating in May 2022. There they joined Gehring Laboratory and the Desert Botanical Garden and contributed to multiple studies focusing on ecophysiology and plant-fungi relationships. 

Their lifelong interest in sustainable agriculture brought them to work for Willow-Witt Ranch, and the beautiful landscape and community in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument drew them to stay and serve The Crest this year.

In their free time Emily loves to rock climb, bike, forage, swim, cook, study fungi and plants, and spend time with loved ones. Their passion lies in understanding the complex relationships between microorganisms and macro ecosystems, and how humans influence and are influenced by these systems.

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What Are You Passionate About?

moving willow bundles in the snow
Upland Stewards Corps volunteers

We are so grateful to be supported by our local volunteering community. Volunteering with The Crest is a great chance to get outside, connect with others, and learn more about your local ecosystem. As the organization grows, we are always looking for new service opportunities. In the past, volunteers have loved helping with gardening, trail maintenance, event crew, and wetland restoration. 


Who’s flying?
Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis 

The Praying Mantis (Mantodea) is a beneficial insect because it eats garden pests! They are a friend to farmers and gardeners because they work well as a natural form of pest control. 

What’s blooming?
Calendula

Calendula

Calendula (Calendula officinalis) are perennial herbaceous plants in the daisy family Asteraceae. Calendula in the garden attracts benefital insects such as the praying mantis to eat garden pests. This flower also draws pollinators to the garden. 

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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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