How do we create learning communities for the greatest thinkers and most thoughtful people... for the world?

What is CREST?

  •  The Center for Research in Environmental Sciences and Technologies (CREST) is an environmental science education center operated by the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. Opened in the 2001-2002 school year and dedicated by Dr. Jane Goodall, the center offers STEAM programs and hands-on, outdoor science curriculum support for students and teachers in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District.

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    What's new at CREST?  


    Calling all ornithology buffs and bird lovers!  The CREST Bird Feeder Cam is up and livestreaming!  If you want to catch the action, you can visit this link:  We are seeing over a dozen different bird species at the feeders on any given day, and this will change as our winter residents are joined by arriving migrants as winter turns to spring.  In the feeders, we offer sugar water, black oil sunflower seed, cracked corn, and suet blocks mixed with fruit and insects.  You may also catch a scurry of eastern gray squirrels or California ground squirrels prospecting around the feeders.  There's always something new to see so please come back often!

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This is CREST

  • Students work at the CREST Farm
    Since its establishment, CREST staff have helped thousands of students and teachers learn science through doing – by engaging them in field experiences, independent student research, gardening, service learning, and hands-on, place-based science inquiry.
    CREST staff directly work with students in the field, at school, or at one of our two sites. We also provide curricular support for teachers in the areas of science and education for sustainability. With the exception of our day camps and summer camps, CREST is a free resource for students, teachers and parents of the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. 

    CREST fully supports the mission statement of the district: How do we create learning communities for the greatest thinkers and most thoughtful people…for the world?
    Compost Ecology
       Through our different programs, we strive to:
    • Foster a sense of wonder, understanding and stewardship for the natural world
    • Help students achieve science literacy and develop a lifelong appreciation for science
    • Increase personal wellness through connections to local food systems and outdoor activities
    • Promote and inspire sustainability through education and demonstrations
    • Support teachers in teaching science and environmental education
     The main CREST facility was dedicated in 2001 by Dr. Jane Goodall, who is also the namesake of our annual district science fair, the CREST-Jane Goodall Science Symposium.  The center, adjacent to Boones Ferry Primary and Inza R. Wood Middle School in Wilsonville, includes two classroom spaces, a ½-acre vegetable garden, orchard, pond, greenhouse, and access to 250-acres of forests and wetlands.  Classes often visit to meet our education animals and to utilize the gardens, pond, and forest for field studies.


    Overview of CREST Programs:



    Lessons & Field Experiences


    CREST Staff and Teachers co-lead a variety of lessons and field experiences that target specific science standards and engage students in place-based learning.  Students consider topics about the natural world, their connection to it, and develop skills to become active stewards in their community.

    Student Scientific Research


    Students engage in active scientific inquiry by developing independent research projects in science or engineering.  CREST staff assist with the development of research plans and connect students with professional mentors who can provide guidance.  Final projects are showcased at the annual CREST-Jane Goodall Science Symposium.


    K & up

    This program utilizes the CREST garden and orchard to demonstrate agricultural practices and components of local food systems.  Students learn about local food systems, science, and personal wellness and are directly engaged in the operation of CREST garden spaces. 

    Learning-on-the-go (LOTG)
    *fee based


    Day camps and summer camps provide students with unique learning experiences when school is out of session.  CREST staff engage students in activities that increase their understanding of science and nature.

    Student Internships 10-12 Individualized internships provide students with real work experience at CREST and also at community organizations.
    Teacher Training & Support


    CREST staff provide support to individual teachers, teaching teams, and school staff to encourage self-efficacy in teaching science and environmental education.  This includes providing lesson plans, materials, equipment, and training.

    School-wide Initiatives


    CREST staff provide general support for the establishment of school-wide programs that encourage scientific inquiry, sustainability, and environmental education.  Examples include: helping build and maintain school gardens and supporting school science fairs.