Every Child Outdoors
About WES Community
Founded in 2012, Whiskeytown Environmental School Community (WES Community) is a non-profit organization 501 (c)(3) that supports the outdoor education and science mission of Whiskeytown Environmental School (WES). The 2018 Carr Fire burned facilities at the school and closed the site. As a result, WES Community now serves as the fundraising partner for the rebuild of WES.
Many of us are former WES employees and resource professionals. We are all passionate supporters of outdoor education! Anecdotal feedback from students, teachers, and parents, as well as research support the effectiveness of outdoor education in learning the scientific principles that govern our environment and for the development of students’ social and emotional skills.
In 2019, WES Community provided $11,325 in student scholarships for a final year of outdoor education at the Lassen Pines Conference Center in Viola, California. This assistance helped six local schools close their fundraising gaps and provided students with a week of outdoor education.
WES Community partners with Whiskeytown NRA to co-sponsor the ongoing Redbud Recovery Project. The project provides an artistic and emotional venue to park staff and the community at large to recover from the effects of the Carr Fire.
WES Community is cooperating with the CREEC Network, SCOE, and the NPS in the NorCal Environmental Literacy Synthesis. This 3-year environmental literacy project trains educational leaders and increases the use of environmental literacy as part of science education. WES Community board members and liaisons are partnering as instructors.
WES Community News
On Thursday, July 15, 2021, WES Community Board Member Kathy Hill was a guest speaker at the Redding Rotary. On hand to answer questions were representatives from both Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Superintendent Josh Hoines, and from Shasta County Office of...
On Wednesday, May 12, 2021, members of East Redding Rotary held their May meeting outdoors at Whiskeytown Environmental School (WES). While enjoying their sack lunches, they listened to a half-hour presentation from the WES Forever Team about the damages caused by the...
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Thank you so much for letting me come to the wonderful Whiskeytown Environmental school itself. I had so much fun hiking, learning, and being there at WES camp. I will never forget my once-in-a-lifetime experience. One day I hope to see Whiskeytown Enviormental [sic] School and my naturalist, Antalope [sic] Andy, again.