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Fraser Farm Conservation is Underway

Next time you visit Westwind, you may notice something different. The field at Fraser Farm, where you may have parked last time you visited Westwind, is currently brown. This change in color marks the beginning of a five-year process to restore the area around Fraser Farm to native coastal prairie habitat.  What Is Happening We…

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Raindrop to Sea Trail

At our Earth Day Celebration, we officially opened phase one of the Raindrop to Sea Trail. Leaders from Westwind, Trail Keepers of Oregon (TKO), and Cascade Head Biosphere Collaborative (CHBC) joined Earth Day visitors to celebrate the historic opening of this trail. Commemoration The Raindrop to Sea Trail was officially opened after lunch during Westwind’s…

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SSC Celebration Dinner

Recently, Sabin-Schellenberg Center (SSC) students, teachers, and administrators gathered with Westwind staff and board members to celebrate a historic partnership. Since February 2020, SSC students have been the primary force driving our cabin remodels. As of May 2024, SSC has completely remodeled eight of Westwind’s thirteen cabins. The inaugural SSC Celebration Dinner was a moment…

Registration for Fall Programs is OPEN

Fall at Westwind is a magical time. The deciduous trees’ bright yellow and red leaves dot the forest, winter storms wash up all manner of unique discoveries on our shores, and foggy fall mornings are best enjoyed with a hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate. The time is now to register for our 2024…

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Environmental Education

Westwind believes strongly in the value of education as a tool to conserve the environment. Allowing children and families to experience nature and learn from real-life experiences inspires people to be stewards of the environment and their communities. Environmental education promotes an understanding of the interdependence of the natural world and fosters a desire for…

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Water Conservation

We are no strangers to water at Westwind. From the waves of the Pacific Ocean and the currents of the Salmon River to the rain that falls on our heads and the groundwater that runs beneath our feet, water is all around us. That is why it is so vital that we protect our waterways…

Cascade Head Scenic Research Area

History In 1974, President Gerald R. Ford established the Cascade Head Scenic Research Area (CHSRA). This act created the first Scenic Research Area in the United States to protect unique habitats and promote sustainable access to the land. “to provide present and future generations with the use and enjoyment of certain ocean headlands, rivers, streams,…

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Westwind Donation Drive

Help Support the Westwind Donation Drive With warmer weather on the horizon and the tulips blooming, many of us are sorting through our closets, basements, and storage sheds and looking to clear some space. As you shake off the winter clutter, consider donating used clothing, outdoor supplies, and games to support Westwind programming. During our…

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Reducing Waste at Westwind

Multi-Stream Compost Food waste is a main source of waste at Westwind. However, it is also one of the easiest kinds of waste to keep out of the landfill. We utilize a multi-stream compost system to promote sustainability, produce usable materials, and keep food scraps from entering the landfill. Fresh scraps from the kitchen are…

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Conserving Energy At Westwind

Many of the appliances, systems, and vehicles we use at Westwind require energy to operate. While there is no doubt that these resources are needed to operate Westwind, wherever possible, we work to minimize the energy we consume. Where we can’t reduce our energy usage, we look for solutions to replace our energy usage with…