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Photo Banner of visitor viewing kiosk, Falk reinactment, students viewing interpretive panels, the sand shack and people gathering outside the center.


Over 100 years ago, the building now known as the Headwaters Education Center (HEC) served as an engine house to store the locomotives that hauled logs to the lumber mill at Falk. In 2008, the engine house was dismantled and moved to its new location along the Elk River Trail. Find out how to get there on our directions page.

BLM Park Ranger Julie as Maggie, the Falk camp cook, in the Headwaters Education Center

Thanks to dedicated volunteers, the HEC is open every Sunday from 12 to 3pm, June - August.  Join us for educational activities or wander the train barn and enjoy interpretive displays that describe Headwaters Forest Reserve ecology and history. 


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What?Where?When?
Ray Hillman, local historian, speaks about Humboldt County Company Towns of the 19th century.Headwaters Education CenterJuly 12, 2014 - 10 AM
Headwaters Park Ranger Emily Moloney hosts a Headwaters Native Plant Walk.Elk River TrailheadJuly 19, 2014 - 10 AM
Headwaters Park Ranger Emily Moloney leads a volunteer work day to remove exotic thistle from the Elk River Trail. The BLM will provide gloves and tools.Elk River TrailheadJuly 26, 2014 - 10 AM
Daryl Cherney, singer-songwriter and environmental activist, will talk about the history of activism that led to the creation of the Headwaters Forest Reserve.Headwaters Education CenterJuly 26, 2014 - 3 PM
Paul Woodland, storyteller and naturalist, will present an array of original nature stories.Headwaters Education CenterAugust 9, 2014 - 3 PM
Phillip Van Mantgem, USGS research ecologist, discusses his research on forest dynamics with an emphasis on climate change impacts, fire ecology and the management of forested ecosystems.Headwaters Education CenterAugust 30, 2014 - 10 AM

Wide shot of an event from the 2013 Headwaters Lecture Series


Habitat and Home (Headwaters Education/Interpretation Program)

Students walk the Salmon Pass Trail through the forest, learning about redwood forest ecology.

The Headwaters Forest Reserve has a locally well-known and respected environmental education and resource interpretation program. These programs were created to promote a sense of stewardship and demonstrate the need for protection of the unique and valuable natural and cultural resources found in the area. The curriculum was designed to meet the educational needs of students and teachers and the resource conservation goals of the BLM.

Educational and interpretive activities associated with Headwaters include field trips, guest lectures, in-school presentation, and other special events.

If you are interested in bringing this program to your class or school, please contact Julie at (707) 825-2300.


Bureau of Land Management
Arcata Field Office
1695 Heindon Road
Arcata, CA 95521-4573
Phone: (707) 825-2300
Fax: (707) 825-2301
Office Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F

Contact us by email at Headwaters@blm.gov