Education, Recreation and Fun this Fall!

Turtle Trot trail race path covered in mulch

This month, we welcomed the last few school field trips of the year. We were able to enjoy sunny, clear weather during these visits. Now as we head into December, we’re looking forward to the winter and hoping for snow!

Our 2nd Annual Turtle Trot 5k Fundraiser wrapped up at the end of October. We’d like to offer congratulations to all race and raffle winners! Woohoo!

Giving Tuesday

The Crest is growing – help us reach our new goals! This year, we are hoping to raise $10,000 for #GivingTuesday to go towards providing the best environmental education and summer camp experiences we can.

We are in the process of expanding the campground at Willow-Witt Ranch to be able to host more students and be accessible to those with different ranges of mobility. With your support, this project will help us bring more equity and inclusion into our programs!

Did you know we provided transportation and scholarships for our summer campers this summer? Help us keep our programs accessible to our community by supporting us on Tuesday, November 30th.


What Are We Up To?

children with goats during school field trip
bringing woody debris into the wetlands to help prevent erosion
children in circle during school field trip

School Field Trips!

The Crest was happy to welcome school groups from St. Mary’s, Gold Hill, and Central Point for field trips this fall! Elementary and middle school students toured Willow-Witt Ranch, met the farm animals, learned about growing food in the garden, and got to try their hands at wetland restoration! Above on the right, students are bringing woody debris into the wetlands to help prevent erosion by holding soil in place and slowing the movement of water.

We love being able to collaborate on different projects with a variety of learners here at The Crest!


Outdoor School at The Crest this Spring!

outdoor school children on forest path

The Crest is looking forward to providing Outdoor School this upcoming spring 2022! Our program provides hands on experience with growing food, caring for animals, restoring wetlands, assessing forest health and more — all on the beautiful land of Willow-Witt Ranch. You can find information about our Outdoor School program here. 

If you know a class or teacher who is interested in attending, please feel free to contact us at info@thecrestatwillowwitt.org


Take Action, Learn More

Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

The Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument inspires people to protect, conserve, and restore the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and increase awareness of the Monument’s unique biological diversity, landscape, and cultural history.

As Willow-Witt Ranch is on private land within the bounds of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, protecting the Monument is a mission very close to our own hearts! We love getting to experience the beautiful biodiversity here as well as teach about it in our environmental education curriculum.

Check out Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument’s website!


Who’s Flying?
Mountain Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird

Male Mountain Bluebirds sport a sky blue color, with a darker blue on the edges of their wings. Female Mountain Bluebirds are mostly gray-brown with pale blue on their wings and tail. Juniper berries are a preferred food source for these bluebirds.

Read more about Mountain Bluebirds in Oregon!

What’s Blooming?
board member Jim Janousek

False Chanterelle

The False Chanterelle (Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca) is a small to medium sized mushroom that favors cool weather and can be commonly found on the ground or rotten wood. False Chanterelles have thin orange gills that are close together and forked one to three times. It is possibly poisonous and net recommended for eating, unlike true Chanterelle mushrooms!

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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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