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Annual Campaign

Nature is experiencing a reawakening, and as summer brings forth all of its sounds, sights, and smells, we are asking you to renew your membership, become a member, or make a donation to help us help nature.  Rediscover what you can do with The Wilderness Center!

We all know it has been a challenging year, but nature is showing off and popping all around us.  As the transition from spring peepers to bellowing bullfrogs happens, our shared nature preserves welcome us outside.  This past year, TWC saw more people on our trails, visiting our preserves, and taking in the glory and solace that nature can bring.  This year has brought about a rediscovering of nature and a renewed appreciation of the organizations that preserve it. We are grateful to so many for taking part in our programs, visiting our preserves, and even meeting us for the first time. Thanks to all of you, TWC’s message of community-based conservation is reaching a wider audience and increasing the impact of our work.

We’re proud of the work you supported in 2019 and 2020.  The involvement of friends and followers like you also allowed TWC to reawaken and reassess our role in the community.  Be on the lookout for opportunities to have your voice heard:  community engagement sessions to talk about how TWC can have a greater impact, an online survey heading to your email inbox, and in-person surveys happening at our main location along our trails.  Plus, look for opportunities to connect with us through social media on Instagram and Facebook.  We believe now is the time to root ourselves deeper while broadening our reach.

We can’t do it without your support.  Be a part of our renewal, and reconnect with TWC.  Please consider making a contribution to our annual campaign or renewing your membership now.  Please know, by making a tax deductible contribution, you will be helping us evolve and grow. You’re helping us reawaken.

From all of us at TWC, “Thank you!” for your support!

Sincerely,

The TWC Staff, Board, Volunteers, and Wildlife

Our Mission Has Never Been More Important

Over the past year, The Wilderness Center has served the local community, and the community has helped support our mission. Together, we’re carrying on the goals of our founders, who saw the importance of preserving the region’s natural habitats.

Community

With the need for socially distanced activity, many have a new appreciation for nature. Our trails, which are open and free of charge, have been a favorite outing for families and a destination for exercise and relaxation. We are so humbled to be able to provide a positive outlet.

Education

Within a week of the shutdown, our educational programs were available online. Our team developed and implemented curriculum-based programs for parents with children at home and home schoolers.

Conservation

We continued our work in conservation and accomplished many goals, thanks to generous donations and committed volunteers. We’ve restored meadows and woodlands, planted trees and created habitats for pollinators and migratory birds.

Restoration work helps conserve wildlife habitats and the balance nature provides. In our restoration of Fox Creek, we restored a channelized creek and built embankments to provide natural floodplains. This has drawn wildlife back to this area, attracted pollinators and improved the health of the stream with a wide variety of fish species.

Hear Our Stories

Visiting The Wilderness Center has been a favorite activity of the Erb family. Those experiences helped shape the life direction of their children, who are considering careers around their passion for nature.

Jean Paddock is a young professional who was drawn to The Wilderness Center as a volunteer. Now a member of our Board, she reflects on why environmental education and advocacy is vital to a healthy community.

Our Backyard Habitat initiative spread the message that nature is not just at The Wilderness Center, it’s everywhere. Hear how the Duttons transformed their own backyard into a pollinator habitat.