July End-of-Month Newsletter

Crest Fest on July 24th

Crest Fest on July 24th

The Crest had a great time hosting Crest Fest at Willow-Witt Ranch on July 24th! Over 200 attendees enjoyed visiting the farm animals, dancing to live music, and drinking locally made beverages.

A big thank you to our Crest Fest sponsors: Ashland’s Own Shop n’ Kart, Ashland Food Co-op, the Rogue Valley Metaphysical Library, and 2 Hearts 4 Feet Coaching! Thank you to Paraffin Dove and Blue Lightning Dance Band for the wonderful music, and to Grandma Boom for her engaging children’s entertainment!

This week marks our last session of Nature Summer Day camp. Thank you to our campers, instructors, and amazing staff for making this a great summer. We appreciate all the fun and energy that camp brought to Willow-Witt Ranch.


What Are We Up To?

Ginny, our awesome long-time volunteer, and Jess preparing the Turtle Trot trail on Saturday

Coming this September…

The 3rd Annual Turtle Trot!

The Crest’s Turtle Trot is a self-timed 5k run/walk fundraiser race that can be completed whenever, and however many times, you choose during the month of September!

Do good by having fun, and enjoy the views and varied landscapes of the Turtle Trot trail. Entering your race time is optional, so don’t worry if you’re bringing your family along, or stopping for a picnic along the way!

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

Stay tuned; more details about the 2022 Turtle Trot will be coming soon!


Oregon Community Summer Grant

Oregon Association of Education Service Districts summer grant recipient

The Crest is grateful and excited to announce that we received an Oregon Community Summer Grant to help support the costs of our summer camp, including bus transportation and camp scholarships!

And, what’s more – there’s something you can do to continue this support for The Crest’s Nature Day Camp and similar programs in forthcoming summers!

If you’d like to see legislature continue to designate funds for summer learning in 2023, consider advocating by writing a letter or email to your state legislators making that request!

Find contact information for your Oregon Legislators at www.oregonlegislature.gov/


Who’s Flying?
Pacific Fritillary

Pacific Fritillary

The Pacific Fritillary butterfly (Boloria epithore) is native to Western North America. Fritillary caterpillars survive mostly on violets, however adult butterflies feed on the nectar of many native flowers.

What’s Blooming?
Yarrow

Yarrow

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is a perennial herb in the sunflower family with fern-like leaves and white to white-yellow flowers. Yarrow has traditionally been used to stop bleeding when applied directly to a wound, and infused to create a calming tea to drink.

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