Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center
Phone: (503) 892-2782
http://www.opalcreek.org | email@example.com
Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center is committed to connecting people with nature through our unique hands-on educational programs that explore the ecology of the Opal Creek watershed, one of the last remaining low-elevation old-growth forests in the Pacific Northwest. We educate about the natural world in the confidence that conservationism grows from a foundation of love and understanding.
OCAFC was founded in 1989 as Friends of Opal Creek with the goal of saving the Opal Creek forest from logging. When wilderness protection was achieved in 1996, our mission shifted to science-based education as the best way to bring awareness to the public about the importance of our last precious wild places. Today we serve over 3,000 participants in our outdoor school programs, family and adult workshops, youth backpacking trips, wilderness medicine trainings, and cabin rentals.
Our base of operations in the Opal Creek Wilderness is the off-grid historic mining town of Jawbone Flats, a private inholding surrounded by federal land managed by the Detroit Ranger District of the US Forest Service. Our property sits along one of the most popular hiking trails in the Willamette National Forest, and one of our greatest opportunities for sharing the message of wilderness stewardship is engaging with the thousands of hikers who pass through each year.