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.

A Decade in the Tall Trees

March 2015 marks ten years in my tenure with Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center.  I was hired in 2005 by what was then called Friends of Opal Creek.  The organization was small, but big on ambition and vision, and still fresh off an incredible conservation victory.

Reflections on Two Years in Jawbone Flats

There are at least a thousand different colors of green, and they all occur in the Opal Creek Wilderness. There are maybe fifteen different ways it can rain and they all happen here, sometimes in one day.