Detective Work in the Ancient Forest

I moved to Jawbone Flats in March with the understanding that I would spend the spring season developing skills as an environmental educator. What I did not realize at the time was how many mysteries the forest held, and that I would quickly come to consider my role in the forest to be that of a detective.

Upholding the Legacy

I grew up in New England with a forest outside my back door, but my grandparents grew up in the high desert above San Bernardino, Calif. An old family photo shows my grandmother at 9 years old, surrounded by her siblings and friends, perched atop a cluster of rocks with the scrub and sand of Cajon Pass behind them, grinning in the sun.

Meet Our New Program Director, Jay!

Jay Davis just moved to Oregon from Wisconsin, with a background in running experiential education programs in both Minnesota and California. With a Master’s of Science in Experiential Education and a true passion for sharing the outdoors, we know that Jay will be a natural fit for the Opal Creek team—but what is our newest team member really all about?

Why Do We Do It?

Our current Program Director, Serena Becker, is moving on in January after a great 5 years with our organization. Throughout the interview process I was often asked by candidates why I work for Opal Creek, what keeps me motivated to work on behalf of our mission of promoting conservation through educational experiences in wilderness—why do I do it?

Common and Free

Weighing the Merits of Regulated Recreation

It’s the fourth of July and I’m parking about a half-mile away from “the gate” that separates the Opal Creek ancient forest from its adjacent parking lot.

The Place

I envy those newts
who so intimately entwine themselves in the scrumptious looking moss, swimming their way through that green dampness

Living with the Lichen

Pulling garden weeds on a sunny day behind cabin 9, one of the original buildings from the 1929 mining town, a grateful, enamored feeling bathed me with the reality that I finally live in this ancient community.