FAQ

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Who owns Whiskeytown Environmental School?

The word “owns” isn’t really the correct word. The property was acquired by the Department of the Interior on behalf of the American people and is managed by the National Park Service. The WES site is part of the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area.

Who operates Whiskeytown Environmental School?

In the early 1970s, the program was initiated through the National Environmental Education Department (NEED) which was part of the National Park Service but has been run through a cooperative partnership between the Shasta County Office of Education (SCOE) and the National Park Service.

Who is Whiskeytown Environmental School Community? What is their role?

Whiskeytown Environmental School Community (WESC) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit group of citizens who rallied together early in the 2010s because of concern that the WES program might disappear. Budget cuts to local education initiatives during the 2008-09 Recession worried parents, former staff and counselors, and students that this much beloved outdoor education program would be cancelled. WESC was formed as an independent entity to support the WES program. WESC has encouraged the strengthening of the partnership between SCOE and the NPS, provided funds for the acquisition equipment and educational materials, raised money for student/school scholarships to attend WES in the belief that the right to outdoor education belongs to every child.

WESC is the non-profit entity that owns and operates wesforever.org.