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*Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center

Promoting conservation through educational experiences in wilderness.
721 NW 9th Avenue, Suite 236, Portland OR, 97209
Phone: (503) 892-2782 |
What does a $100 contribution do for this organization?
A $100 contribution subsidizes a three-day field education program for two disadvantaged students in Opal Creek's inspiring ancient forest.
Why does this donor support this organization?
“This was another fantastic trip to Opal Creek! I really love that students are exposed to concepts of conservation and sustainability because they see it is a way of life here.” –Laura, teacher, McMinnville High School
How do volunteers make a difference for this organization?
We rely on volunteers to help maintain historic buildings and modernize infrastructure at our 1930s mining town turned education center.

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.

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