Annual Campaign

Help Support Hometown Conservation

Please donate to our holiday campaign.

Preserving and protecting nature impacts us all in so many ways. In trying times, people find respite in nature. We’re thankful The Wilderness Center provided that respite for so many community members, their families, friends and pets.

This was an unusual year, but our work at The Wilderness Center continued, and we made progress during a pandemic.

As we hold our holiday drive for the annual campaign, we want to celebrate that progress and thank everyone who has been a part of conservation efforts both here at The Wilderness Center and in their own backyards. Nature is truly available to everyone, wherever you are.

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.


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.


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.


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.

Would you consider being a friend of The Wilderness Center this year by making a donation to our holiday campaign? If so, please complete the form below, and thank you for helping to support Hometown Conservation efforts!

If you prefer to mail your donation, please use the following address:

The Wilderness Center
P.O. Box 202
Wilmot, OH 44689

Annual Campaign Form 2020
I want to help The Wilderness Center continue my Hometown Conservation.
Does your employer offer a matching program? *