I don’t know about you, but I’ve been thinking a lot about young people and parents this summer, the state of our schools, and the realities of our world.
It occurred to me that for many of the teachers and parents in our community who engage their children in our programs, that we could almost cup our hands and feel the sacred weight of that responsibility granted to us.
Every single one of the students we teach is a son or daughter, a friend, a beloved, the hope, the future of a family, a community, a generation. I think about that as a parent myself. Every student grows from a fragile web of new connections and relationships into a more or less sturdy and unique person who represents all of those experiences. And the experiences they have are shaped ever so carefully by our skilled volunteers and the classrooms in which we operate, outdoor and indoor.
Nature and our humanity is something we all hold in common. By conveying our mission, we are connecting students, teachers, and volunteers throughout our entire community to a better, more hopeful future. Let’s not lose sight of the fact that people want and need positive ways to give and connect… and that we are a place that brings about positive change. Let’s not lose sight of the fact that our mission brings together an amazingly diverse, intergenerational audience, sparking joy, creativity, and connection to the natural world.
Thanks to our volunteers and supporters, the 2017-2018 school year was a great success, as you can see below. Our amazing EV volunteers provided a total of 417 programs. We are grateful for all your help in making nature education accessible to students in our community.
If you would like to help our mission, we’d love to welcome you to our community! Visit our Volunteer page, and see the schools we’re working with in our Nature For Schools Challenge. This year, the EV will be inspiring students in communities from across the Bay Area.