Whiskeytown Environmental School

We are excited to be open for Field Labs, 3-hour programs for K-6 (navigate to Field Labs on the left).


In 2018 the Carr Fire burned down several cabins and damaged others. The slopes of Shasta Bally that loom over the camp experienced a tremendous fire, leaving certain areas prone to life-threatening debris flows. Since 2018 the National Park Service, the Shasta County Office of Education, WES Community (nonprofit) and Friends of Whiskeytown (nonprofit) formed WES Forever. Architectural plans are in place for complete rebuild and we are awaiting potential funds from the National Park Service. We are also aware that our community stands ready to help one the needs are known. Until this occurs, we are not offering the residential 5th/6th grade program, but we continue to offer our popular 3-hour field labs.

Whiskeytown Environmental School (AKA W.E.S. or N.E.E.D. Camp, depending on when you, your children or your grandchildren attended) is located at the N.E.E.D. Camp, twelve miles west of Redding in the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. The camp facility is owned and maintained by the National Park Service while the educational program is provided by the Shasta County Office of Education. 

The general environment near the facility is a mixed forest of manzanita, pine and oak. There is also an abundance of wildlife living at or near the campus. Deer graze on the campus lawn and bald eagles nest and feed within the area. Clear Creek provides a habitat that attracts great blue herons, ducks, frogs, fish, aquatic insects, and many other animals. Exploring it is part of the field lab programs.