2012 Annual Report

Changing Children’s Lives

What an amazing year!

This year, we opened our first East Coast campus in Virginia’s Prince William Forest Park, we engaged students in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in Olympic National Park following the largest dam removal in U.S. history, and we provided more than $1 million in funding to help close to 10,000 students.

Students and teachers tell us there’s a clear demand for programs like NatureBridge. They also remind us of what we do best: open children’s hearts and minds to the wonder and science of nature.

We dream big because children deserve it. Thank you for your support!

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"Students get to view amazing landscapes, learn about the plants and animals, and see geology and weather in action. They grow a tremendous amount as young individuals. This trip changes our students' lives." —Kristen Kunzelman, teacher, Central Middle School

Spotlight: Hands-on Science on the Elwha River

Last fall, Nathan Hale students explored how plant communities were re-establishing on the deltas and measured changes in water quality and sediments. The data they and other NatureBridge students collected before and after the dam removal helps explain how the river restoration impacts the Elwha’s ecosystems. Through the lens of science, they realize that the complexity of this restoration project is larger than they ever imagined. They gain a greater understanding of their role in the environment on a local, regional, and global scale.

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