Let It Snow!

snowy wetlands at The Crest at Willow-Witt Ranch

Snowy wetlands at Willow-Witt Ranch

It’s been cold, clear, and snowy at the ranch lately! There’s over a foot of snow on the ground. Snow is very important for working against drought conditions in the summer; slow snow melt works better to refill aquifers than rain does. We are celebrating what has been a snowy December thus far!


What Are We Up To?

Willow-Witt Ranch staff cutting winter fiirewood

Cutting and splitting firewood – thank you Bartolo and Trevor!

Winter Wonderland

It’s fair to say we’ve reached our off-season for education and camp programs. However, we hope to create winter outdoor education opportunities at The Crest not too far in the future!

Our team is working to prepare for the spring and make our educational offerings even better. Thanks to the Gray Family Foundation, we are able to dedicate time and resources to applying a trauma-informed lens to all of our educational programs and the culture at The Crest. It is important to us to be able to serve and support our community as best we can, and we are excited to move forward in this direction! We feel this is a necessary step to take in order to best support all of our learners especially in the wake of the Almeda Fire and the COVID-19 pandemic.


Take Action, Learn More

MLK Day of Service

Upcoming volunteer opportunity!

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service by stewarding the land at Oredson-Todd Woods! We will be removing invasive blackberry and mulching trails. This volunteer work party is a collaborative effort by Ashland Parks DivisionSouthern Oregon Land Conservancy, The Crest, and United Communities AmeriCorps. Online registration is required.

Date:January 17, 2022

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location: Oredson-Todd Woods, 2260 Lupine Drive Ashland, OR, 97520

All necessary tools and instruction will be provided. For everyone’s safety, participants will be required to wear masks when maintaining a 6-foot distance is not possible.

For more information or to register, visit www.thecrestatwillowwitt.org/mlk-jr-day-volunteer-registration/
Questions? Reach out to Jessica at Jessica@thecrestatwillowwitt.org.

thank you card from school field trip group

Year-End Giving

It’s that time of year! The Crest’s year-end giving campaign is currently ongoing. The success of The Crest depends on the generosity of our community of supporters and our many volunteers.

Examples of how your monthly or annual gift will help us reach our goal of raising $50,000 in program support in 2022:

Monthly Donation

  • $25/month = Craft and science supplies for 40 summer day campers
  • $50/month = Fresh organic vegetable boxes for 25 campers to take home to their families
  • $100/month = Eight days of Master teacher salaries

Annual Donation

  • $1,000 = 1/4 mile of nature trail development
  • $2,500 = One week of bus transportation from three locations in the valley
  • $5,000 = Two farm staff to help students grow and harvest vegetables
  • $20,000 = Fifty full scholarships for Summer Nature Day Camp students

Thank you for considering a year-end donation to support the programs of The Crest.


Who’s Flying?
common raven

Common Raven

Ravens can often be seen playing energetically at the ranch! Ravens are fairly common to find throughout Oregon. These birds look similar to American Crows, but are about 25% larger and have wedge-shaped tails.

Listen to the call of a Common Raven here!

Photo courtesy of Susan Walker/Getty Images

What’s Blooming?
bearded lichen

Bearded Lichen

Bearded lichen (Usnea longissima), also called “Old Man’s Beard,” is a pendant lichen that hangs from tree branches. This lichen can be between 6 inches and 20 feet long! Bearded lichen struggles in areas with polluted air and because of this, its range has shrunk considerably. 

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The Crest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

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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Ashland OR 97520

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