Summer Fun With The Crest

Sara explaining a game to her campers

Sara explaining a game to her campers

Summer has arrived! Week three of Nature Day Camp is underway. So far this summer, campers have been loving playing games in the forest, tie dyeing their produce bags, meeting the goat kids, and learning about trees and birds! You can still register for upcoming camp weeks.

Read on to learn about… summer volunteer opportunities, Crest Fest, scholarship fundraiser update, Outdoor School wrap-up, AmeriCorps position opening, and flora and fauna at the ranch this month!


What Are We Up To?

hard working Upland Stewards during work party

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. 
 
July 9, 2022 – Native Plant Propagation
July 23, 2022 – Invasive Plant Removal 
August 6, 2022 – Trail Maintenance
The Crest Fest 2022

Come hike, visit the farm animals, dance to live music, and enjoy food and drink while supporting The Crest!

  • 2PM: Goat Walks and Farm Tours
  • 3PM: Live music by the Blue Lightning Dance Band and Paraffin Dove
  • Children’s entertainment by Grandma Boom!
  • Food truck by Martha’s Kitchen
  • Beer and wine available
  • Admission: $15/individual or $30/family (TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE HERE, at the Ashland Music Coop, or at the gate)

We are looking for volunteers to help out at The Crest Fest in 1.5 hour shifts in a variety of roles. Volunteers receive free admission and drink ticket. If you have questions about volunteering at The Crest Fest and to find out how to register, email Jessica@thecrestatwillowwitt.org 


Thank you!

Thanks to kind donations, we've raised $6500 for summer camp scholarships

We are grateful to report that we have raised $6,500 of our $5,000 goal for Summer Camp scholarships! Thank you for supporting local families and our mission to provide quality, safe, nature-based experiences for children. Donate to the Scholarship Fund easily and securely online.


Outdoor School Wrap-Up

paint by grid activity at summer camp

The Crest served 110 students in Outdoor School this year!

Students got to know Willow-Witt Ranch through farm and ecosystem tours, then deepened their knowledge through lessons in soils, farm and foods, fire science, forests, birds, and wetlands.

One of the students’ favorite aspects of our Outdoor School program was free-choice activity time, with options including visiting goat kids, playing team-building games, nature journaling, shelter-building, hiking, surveying plant life and crafting.

Interested in Joining The Crest Team?

Are you interested in nature-based education and land stewardship? Check to see if we have any open positions, and we are always looking for volunteers!

Who’s Flying?
Variable Checkerspot butterfly

Variable Checkerspot

The Variable Checkerspot is commonly found in western North America. Their appearance is variable and wing color can range from black to dark brown. This butterfly’s larvea are laid in large clumps on host plants, and can hibernate for up to four years.

What’s Blooming?
Western Columbine flower closeup

Western Columbine

Aquilegia formosa (also known as Crimson Columbine) grows in moist forests and meadows. Its range stretches down the west coast of North American from southern Alaska, down into Nevada and Utah. 

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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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