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Headwaters Forest Reserve

Headwaters Education Center

Local students at the Headwaters Edcuation Center during a field trip

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.

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.


Graphic that says "new"2016 Events at Headwaters

Sunday June 12 at 10 AM, Volunteer Trail Steward Day - join the BLM, Friends of Headwaters and EPIC for a volunteer day on the Elk River Trail. We will meet at the Elk River Trailhead at 10 AM. All ages and abilities welcome!
Saturday June 18, 10 AM, Jerry Rhode Logging History - Join the BLM in welcoming historian Jerry Rhode to the Headwaters Education Center for a discussion about Humboldt County logging history. Meet at the Headwaters Education Center at 10 AM.

Wide shot of an event from the 2013 Headwaters Lecture Series

For directions to the Headwaters Education Center, visit our Directions page. 

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.


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Bureau of Land Management 
Arcata Field Office
1695 Heindon Road 
Arcata, California 95521-4573 
Phone: (707) 825-2300
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