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Headwaters graphic icon Headwaters Education Center

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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2015 Events at Headwaters

Sunday May 31, 8 AM - Ken Burton, Author of Common Birds of Northwest California, will lead a bird walk. Meet at the Elk River Trail Parking lot.

Saturday July 25, 10AM - 12PM - Jerry Martien, Poet and Environmental Writer will lead a workshop on how to write like a watershed with a one hour discussion and lunch.

Saturday August 9, 3 PM - Paul Woodland, Storyteller and Naturalist, will present the whit, whimsy and wonders of nature stories. All ages encouraged.

Saturday August 15, 10 AM - Patrick Roskam and Kristi Wrigley will do a Falk history walk and talk about the history of the lumber mill town.

Saturday August 29, 10 AM - Phillip Van Mantgem, USGS Research Ecologist, will discuss forest dynamics with an emphasis on climate change impacts, fire ecology and the management of forested ecosystems.

All events will be held at the Headwaters Education Center, Elk River Trail, Headwaters Forest Reserve.

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