Event Will Mark 50 Year Anniversary Of WES Camp

The Park Service has announced the upcoming renaissance of Whiskeytown Environmental School. Known as “WES Camp” or “Need Camp” to older folks, the campus at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area had hosted almost every 6th or 5th grade public school student in Shasta County for a week of learning, hiking, creating and living together in cabins. A tradition that spanned nearly 50 years ended abruptly when the Carr Fire devastated the area, and did not spare the camp. Seven cabins were destroyed and the hillside above the camp was too destabilized to allow further use of the camp. Hazard trees have been removed by the Park Service and the Redding Host Lions Club donated money for planning the reopening, which is being hammered out by the non-profits Friends Of Whiskeytown and Whiskeytown Environmental School Community. Now the public is being invited to celebrate the camp’s 50th anniversary by visiting and checking out the plans for the future, as well as a look at the past through decades of photographs. The event is Saturday September 26th, with visitors split into four 1-hour blocks of time between 10AM and 3PM. Tickets are required but they’re free at wesforever.org.