WES Celebrates 50 Years on September 26. Please join us to celebrate the event.

50th anniversary balloon.
WES turns 50 in 2020. Thousands have enjoyed learning outdoor science at this location.

WES Community is hosting a free 50th Birthday Open House Celebration on Saturday, September 26th. This will be the first time the site has been open to the public since the Carr Fire which burned seven cabins and closed the use of the site until its safety and future could be assessed.

WES, then known as N.E.E.D. Camp, was born out of a partnership between the Shasta County Office of Education and the National Park Service during the early days of the 1970’s environmental movement. “N.E.E.D.” stood for the National Environmental Education Department which was part of the U.S. Department of the Interior under direction of the National Parks Service. The National Parks Foundation provided seed money to sponsor the program when it wasn’t much more than an idea on paper sketched out by local teachers, NPS staff and a retired US Forest Service employee.

The event is hosted is collaboration with the four WESforever.org partners: Friends of Whiskeytown, the National Park Service, the Shasta County Office of Education and WES Community. Each organization will have representatives on site to answer questions and help interpret the self-guided tour of the campus and informational booths that highlight the past fifty years and present a vision for the future of WES.

This celebration is a free public event but space is limited due to state Covid-19 rules guiding outdoor exhibitions. You may attend this event ONLY by making a reservation through EventBrite. Click on this link to obtain a ticket. Each member of your household must have their own ticket. The event begins at 10 AM and concludes at 3 PM. You will need to select from one of the four one-hour time slots to visit. If you are unable to access EventBrite, please contact WES Community at kathy_hill@charter.net or wescommunitypres@gmail.com.

Be prepared to socially-distance with a mask, bring your own water, and wear shoes appropriate for uneven ground.