Turtle Trot 2020

Turtle Trot 5k trail race route map

Turtle Trot 2020, a 5K trail race adventure to benefit The Crest at Willow-Witt Ranch

2020 1st Annual Turtle Trot

From August 1-September 7, 2020 you can come join our 1st Annual 5k trail adventure race, Turtle Trot 2020, a fundraiser for The Crest, our place-based educational organization at Willow-Witt Ranch. Funds support outdoor education programs, classes and field trips for students from surrounding school districts.

Turtle Trot?

This 445-acre property is home to the highest elevation breeding population of Western Pond Turtles. The ruggedly beautiful 5k course is designed for hikers and adventure runners in mind. It takes you through the rolling hills of the lower Cascades (complete with rocks to keep an eye out for), around wetlands (could be soggy even in August) and meadows filled with wildflowers, past the old homestead and over a few seasonal creeks — all the obstacles a Western Pond Turtle must navigate living at this elevation. See trail map.

This special population of turtles is the current focus of our curriculum, connecting the efforts of the turtles to survive with the climate change issues we also face — and the impacts on our own food and water — right in our own backyard.

Video courtesy of Jim Falkenstein, AshlandTrails.com
Turtle Trot 2020 trail crew member Alex
Trail crew member Alex
Turtle Trot 2020 meadow trail
Meadow trail
Turtle Trot 2020 rockin' trail boss
Rockin’ Trail Boss Nancy

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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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