Nature Day Camps

Exploring Willow-Witt Ranch

Summer Programs in the Time of Pandemic

After the success of our 2020 summer camps we are happy to announce that, in accordance with safety guidance provided by the Governor’s office and the Oregon Health Authority, The Crest at Willow-Witt will offer weekly series of ‘Nature Day Camps’ for the summer of 2021.  In recognition of the needs of our community, The Crest has planned exciting Explorations in Nature for school-age children.  Nature-based programs at The Crest are held outdoors at Willow-Witt Ranch, enabling physical distancing. We will also require all participants to wear masks and follow recommended hygiene measures, with lots of hand washing.  We will provide safe and engaging summer care to Rogue Valley families in need of affordable care for their children. 

Our ‘Camps’ will be offered by the week.  All programs will be limited to 10 or fewer participants, first-come-first-served; we have the ability and space to offer additional classes if the first camp is filled.  Each stable group will remain together for the week with one teacher and one assistant.  All programs will follow the guidelines listed here. Please familiarize yourself with these guidelines.

summer camp exploration at the pond

About Our Camps

Students will immerse themselves in our ancient forests and volcanic geology, biodiverse wetlands, and growing organic farm. We will explore this varied 445-acre property while playing games, telling stories, hiking, adventuring with goats, studying turtles and birds, collecting eggs, harvesting food and so much more. 

Families may sign up for as many weeks as they wish first-come-first-serve.  Camp will run Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 3:30pm; parents may drop off campers as early as 8:30am. We are also offering after-care from 3:30-5:00 for an additional fee to be determined before the start of camp. 

Your camper should come prepared to get dirty! Campers should wear sturdy shoes, long pants, shirt and a jacket or sweater; please bring along a change of clothes.  At registration, families will be provided with a list of items for camper comfort.  A thorough health history and release will accompany registration.  Parents will be required to supply a healthy lunch in zero-waste containers for their child; The Crest will provide snacks.

The Crest camps will run for 10 weeks this coming summer. Stay tuned for dates!

Groups by Ages will be as Follows:

Turtles: ages 6, 7, and 8 
Note: 5 year-olds will be considered based on willingness and ability to spend the day exploring outside!

Owls: ages 9, 10, and 11

Coyotes: ages 12 – 17
The Coyotes will be given a unique opportunity to gain leadership experience as assistant instructors working with the younger groups. 

Camp Costs:

2021 Costs coming soon!

Cancellation/Refund Policy:

We are updating our refund policy for this year.


Registration will open for summer 2021 this spring so stay tuned!

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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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