Let the Fun Begin!

Karin welcoming students to Outdoor School at The Crest
Karin welcoming students to Outdoor School at The Crest

May was a busy month at The Crest! Our Outdoor School program kicked off on the 31st and our students and instructors are having a great time and enjoying the gorgeous weather together.

The first week of Nature Summer Day Camp begins on June 13th. We’re happy to announce that the early-bird camp registration price has been extended to the end of the summer! See below for more camp information and to register.

We are excited to offer a series of Saturday morning volunteer work partiesthroughout the summer! Check out the blurb below to learn more and follow the link to our volunteer webpage.

Read on to learn about the brand new signs on the Wetland Interpretive Trail, and the Crest Fest event coming up in July!


What Are We Up To?

restoration work parties at The Crest

Summer Volunteer Work Parties

Join the fun and get out on the land at Willow-Witt Ranch this summer! The Crest is hosting volunteer work parties on Saturdays from 9:00am – 12:00pm. 
 
June 11, 2022 – Trail Maintenance
July 9, 2022 – Native Plant Propagation
July 23, 2022 – Invasive Plant Removal 
August 6, 2022 – Trail Maintenance

The Crest’s Nature Day Camp

The Crest is offering 12 weeks of Nature Summer Day Camp, from June 13th to September 2nd. Online camp registration will remain open and rolling throughout the summer. The early-bird registration price has been extended to the end of the summer!

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

We are excited to announce that we have partnered with the Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and the BLM for campers to have a ranger-led day every Wednesday within the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Campers will be bused or dropped off at Hobart Bluff in the Monument where our staff and the Monument Ranger will run programming.  

You can help send a child to camp! The Crest offers scholarships to make sure our camp is accessible to all. If you’d like to support a local camper, consider donating to our scholarship fund.


Who’s Nesting?
Blackbird eggs in nest

Brewer’s Blackbird

Suzanne and Jess stumbled upon this Brewer’s Blackbird nest in the wet meadow. The neatly-made nest was very well hidden in the tall grass. The females construct the nest, and it usually takes 9-10 days!

What’s Blooming?
native Camas blooming

Camas

Beautiful Camas lilies have begun to flower at the ranch. Camas is a first food cultivated by a number of Native American tribes. The bulb of the plant is roasted in an underground earthen oven and can be likened to potato.

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