Nature Day Camps

Exploring Willow-Witt Ranch

Summer Programs in the Time of Pandemic

We are happy to announce that, in accordance with new 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 2020.  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 ask 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 of $12.50 an hour (charged in 30 minute increments). 

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 6 weeks, from June 22 to July 31. If your family is interested in August camps, please let us know right away so we can staff accordingly.  Sign up today!

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:

$300 / week for Turtles and Owls (ages 6-11)

$100 / week for Coyote leaders (ages 12-17) 

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 at least 15 days prior to the first day of camp will receive a refund, minus the 25% non-refundable deposit.
  • Cancellations or transfers made between 8 and 14 days prior to the first day of camp will receive a refund of 50% of the total camp tuition.
  • Cancellations or transfers made 7 days or less prior to the first day of camp, or after the start of a program, are not refundable.  Early departure will 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, including the 25% non-refundable deposit.


Registration has concluded for this years camps. Thank you to all who participated.

All programs have a non-refundable, 25% deposit due at registration, and remainder of fees is due 10 days before the first day of camp. Weekly camps will require a minimum of 7 registrants.  If we do not have the minimum registrations 10 days before start of camp, and we will cancel and will refund your entire deposit.

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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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