About Westwind

Westwind is a non-profit 529 acre camp, farm and wilderness area set in the middle of the Cascade Head UN Biosphere Reserve in Oregon. Owned and operated by the Westwind Stewardship Group, Westwind is home to Camp Westwind, the Northwest Outdoor Science School, workshops, events and volunteer programs.

Vision

We dream that all children have access to wild and undeveloped landscapes and are allowed to discover the interconnection, complexity and splendor of living in balance with natural systems.

Mission

We will conserve the Westwind site in perpetuity; foster life-changing outdoor experiences for all children, families and groups; and promote environmental stewardship as a basis for sustainable living.

Diversity & Equity Statement

Westwind’s future success relies on being a leader in getting all children outside, connected to nature and nurtured by the wisdom of many cultures, backgrounds, places and generations.

Guiding Principles

  • Getting to Westwind is an engaging adventure, whether by river or trail.
  • Westwind conveys a sense of solitude, of ‘being on an island.’
  • Westwind welcomes you! Kindness and inclusion are paramount.
  • Many hands make light work: we strive together to leave Westwind better than we found it.
  • We steward and are stewarded by Westwind, and we honor its stewards from previous decades and centuries.
  • Fresh, affordable, and delicious food; locally sourced where possible.
  • Structures sit lightly on the land and remain visually subordinate to the natural landscape.
  • ‘Buildings teach’: design, construction, and materials support environmental learning, and promote sustainability, and reinforce the principle that outdoors is the place to be at Westwind.
  • Sustainable, and minimal, self-sufficient: conserve water, energy, raw materials; re-use, re-cycle, re-build; human and renewable power.
  • The Westwind site is the best teacher; our programs key from it and work within it.

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