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Donor Profiles

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, NatureBridge relies on support from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies to deliver our mission to connect youth to nature. We are honored to work with hundreds of donors whose commitment and vision inspire personal connections with the natural world to make a lasting impact. Hear in their own words why these donors choose to support NatureBridge.

 

Dan Jensen
President, DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite

“NatureBridge's hands-on environmental education programs provide an experience that can be life-changing for many children. Our own children benefitted from participating in programs in Yosemite and Golden Gate, and I applaud NatureBridge’s efforts in teaching generations of youth about the natural environment.”—Dan Jensen

As president of DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, the primary concessioner in Yosemite National Park, Dan works in one of California’s most celebrated areas—Yosemite National Park. He and his wife, Suzanne, are passionate and active members of the Yosemite Valley community, giving their time to support several area institutions. Dan and Suzanne serve on the Council of the Yosemite Conservancy, while Dan also serves on its Board. Dan is the president of Yosemite/Mariposa County Tourism Bureau as well as a member of the University of California, Merced Board of Trustees. This is Dan and Suzanne’s second time residing in Yosemite—the Jensens formerly lived in Yosemite from 1979 to 1992 when Dan worked for Yosemite Park & Curry Co.
 
Dan and Suzanne are proud supporters of NatureBridge. Through an annual grant, DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite partners to bring all Mariposa County Unified School District eighth graders to Yosemite National Park to participate in NatureBridge’s overnight environmental science program. Dan and Suzanne also make personal contributions to NatureBridge each year to support youth scholarships.
 
“As a company, DNC strives to conduct its business in an eco-friendly manner and is committed to the park and the environment.  As part of the community, we are also committed to helping others care for Yosemite,” says Dan Jensen. “Our children were lucky enough to spend their early childhood in Yosemite and benefitted from exposure to this remarkable environment and learning experience. The NatureBridge programs are especially meaningful because they encourage respect and appreciation for the natural environment in addition to encouraging ongoing stewardship of national parks and natural resources.”

 

Tamara S. Galanter
Partner at Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP

“Getting young people to appreciate the outdoors and understand the science behind nature is the way to ensure the preservation of our incredible natural resources. If the younger generation cares, then they’ll work to make sure parks, trees, and clean beaches are here for their children.” —Tamara S. Galanter

Tamara, who has dedicated her life to protecting and enjoying the wonder of nature, took time during a recent hike in the San Bruno Mountains to share why she is passionate about supporting NatureBridge:

"Supporting NatureBridge is a natural extension of my interests and work. Whenever I can be, I’m outside biking, hiking, or just sitting and enjoying the sounds of the birds and the feel of the sun streaming through the trees. Even though I spend most days inside as an environmental attorney, I have the opportunity to work for park districts, land trusts, and environmental groups to save open space and agricultural land, and to keep our air and water clean.

"I donate to NatureBridge because they take youth beyond the classroom and into nature for hands-on learning. I especially appreciate that NatureBridge serves all kids—not just the children who are able to visit Yosemite and other national parks with their parents, but also the urban kids that have never seen a rainforest, a waterfall, a bird’s nest, or a meadow full of wildflowers. 

"My own sons participated in NatureBridge’s program in Yosemite, and I saw how they learned the science of nature and were inspired by the beauty of Half Dome and Yosemite Falls. Now in their 20s, they're both activists with an appreciation of our natural world and motivation to protect it. 

"I wanted to see the program for myself, so one sunny spring morning I visited the Golden Gate campus and met NatureBridge Director Aaron Rich. He introduced me to what the kids do in the labs, and what they learn as they hike the trails in the Marin Headlands. I am impressed and inspired."

Derek Jernstedt
Executive Director of Quest and HEDCO Foundations

“Teachers know that the program helps improve students’ interest in science, test scores, curiosity, and leadership skills. The students look forward to their NatureBridge trip all year. They hear about it from other kids, and it’s a true highlight of their education.” — Derek Jernstedt

 

Derek Jernstedt, executive director of both the Quest Foundation and HEDCO Foundation, knows the impact of NatureBridge programs. The Quest Foundation has funded fifth-grade students from Think College Now, an Oakland school, to attend NatureBridge’s program at our Golden Gate campus.

“The NatureBridge trip is a part of Think College Now’s core science curriculum,” Derek says. “The teachers know that the program helps improve the students’ interest in science, test scores, curiosity, and leadership skills. The students look forward to their NatureBridge trip all year. They hear about it from other kids, and it’s a true highlight of their education.”

Derek joined Think College Now at our Golden Gate campus in January 2011 and was so inspired by the experience that Quest Foundation now funds NatureBridge directly. Derek is excited to deepen his relationship with NatureBridge and help more students like those at Think College Now have transformative experiences in national parks. Derek’s advice: “Go and see the kids learning out in nature, learning about their environment.”

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