Outdoor School

Cultivating Connection

Fall Outdoor School 2020

The Crest school group program at Willow-Witt Ranch

About the Program

Students will get to explore our diverse wetlands, the soil and its creatures, the Ranch’s Native history and the working organic farm. We will explore this varied 445-acre property while playing games, studying turtles, hiking, harvesting food and so much more.

Programs will run Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 1:00pm. We are also offering an extended day option of a guided hike or community service project from 1:00pm to 4:00pm for an additional fee.

Nature-based programs at The Crest are held outdoors. We ask all participants to wear masks and follow recommended hygiene and health-check measures. Our programs will follow the COVID-19 guidelines listed here.We are excited to provide safe and engaging educational experiences for students in the Rogue Valley.

Your camper should come prepared to get dirty! Participants should wear sturdy shoes, long pants, shirt, a jacket, and bring a hat and gloves. More layers is better! After registering, families will receive a list of items recommended for student comfort. Please provide your student a healthy lunch, in zero-waste containers if possible.

The Crest’s outdoor programs are offered each week, Monday through Thursday, from October 12 to October 29.

Sign up today!

Program Costs:

$160 / week for half day experience, 9am-1pm

$280 / week for full day experience, 9am-4pm (additional guided hike or community service in afternoon)

Cancellation/Refund Policy:

The Crest at Willow-Witt has implemented the following cancellation policy based on the time, resources and staffing that go into planning a camp.  We cannot recover these expenses if you cancel; cancellations on short notice also prevent others from attending.

If you cancel for any reason:

  • Cancellations made earlier than 3 days prior to the first day of camp will receive a 75% refund.
  • Cancellations or transfers made 3 days or less prior to the first day of camp are not refundable. Early departure will also not be refundable.

Oops Policy: You have 48 hours from the time of purchase to cancel your registration with no penalty. (Cancellation must be requested prior to the start of the program.)

COVID Policy:  If, for any reason, new safety guidance from the Governor’s office and the Oregon Health Authority affects our ability to run camps safely, we will provide a full refund.

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  • Fall Outdoor School 2020

    Application for Enrollment

  • Half day lesson (9am-1pm) $​160/week, $40/day
  • Lesson + afternoon extension (9am/4pm) ​$280/week, $30/day additional fee
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  • Please complete both pages of this form.
  • Guardian/Parent Information

Multi-Day Field Trips

Our comfortably rustic forest campsite serves as the home base for our Outdoor School (ODS) programs. Between classes that make full use of the ecologically diverse property, students sleep in platform tents, shower in nearby bathhouses, and cook in our open-air kitchen.

Fifth and sixth grade classes that spend two nights and three days with us are eligible for ODS funding, but we offer these extended learning opportunities for students of all ages.

Our place-based, NGSS-aligned curriculum engages students directly with the ecological diversity, land stewardship and management practices, and sustainable lifestyle choices that are at the heart of the Ranch’s daily work. Students experience firsthand the direct connections between land, water, food, and life as they work with crops and livestock, assess forest health, and examine the effects of wetland restoration. They also strengthen team membership skills as they live, cook, learn, and play together under the guidance of our expert team.

Curriculum is currently under development; check back soon for more information about specific classes that will be offered in our ODS programs.

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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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