September 8th E-NEWSLETTER
Job Announcement: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
We are in search for WRI’s next Executive Director! Join us in our mission to connect people, communities and the natural world. We are in a strong position to seek a new leader, one who will maintain and expand our relationships and assets so we may deepen our mission impact.
To find the full announcement, job description, and how to apply, click the button below.
Volunteer Training: Youth Education
Wednesday, September 14th
Interested in volunteering with WRI? Interested in working with youth? Are you passionate about environmental education? Come learn how you can help with WRI's Youth Education Programs this fall!
WRI is holding a volunteer training for those who are interested in volunteering. It also serves as a good "refresher" to current volunteers. The training will go over what to expect during our fall Field Day programs. Lunch will be provided after the training! Please let us know you're coming by clicking the button below.
La Tray & Durham: Little Shell & Wolf Tree
Friday, September 9th
A Book for All Seasons is having an event in WRI's Red Barn tomorrow evening! Join them for an evening with Chris La Tray, storyteller and award-winning author, and Heather Durham, an essayist and student of nature. Their books and stories describe their relationship with nature and culture.
Red Barn Event:
Writer in a Life Vest
Tuesday, September 13th
Join us for the first Red Barn Event of the season! Help WRI and A Book for All Seasons welcome WA author, Iris Graville. Find information, insight, and inspiration about climate change in her collection of essays, Writer in a Life Vest.
September Beginner Bird Walk
Wednesday, September 14th
WRI's Beginner Bird Walks happen on the second Wednesday of every month! Join us for as many as you can. You'll walk around the WRI campus with knowledgeable WRI staff. All birding experience levels are welcome. Need binoculars? We have loaners!
Red Barn Event:
Wednesday, September 28th
Join WRI and A Book for All Seasons to welcome award-winning journalist and nature photographer, Timothy Connor to discuss his book, Beautiful Wounds. Learn about the rugged beauty and diverse natural features of the Channeled Scablands of eastern Washington!
Chelan Ridge HawkWatch
Saturday, October 1st
Join one of WRI's knowledgeable naturalists and HawkWatch for a trip to Chelan Ridge in search of raptors! Chelan Ridge is a great place to see raptors as they are migrating through North Central Washington. This field trip has limited space and carpooling is included.
SAVE THE DATE!
Sunset & S'mores
Wednesday, October 12th
Come gather with us at WRI for an evening of food and s'more fun! Jump into fall with us as the evening light fades and the stars come out. Join us for a campfire meal, drinks, and live music. Socialize with fellow WRI supporters, board members, staff, and students! More information coming soon.
This summer was a busy one! WRI held 17 sessions of summer camp, including a camp with students involved in After School Program with Wenatchee School District and the summer school camp with Cascade School District. That's a total of 276 students served!
In comparison to last summer, we held 12 sessions of summer camp plus a camp with students involved in After School Program with Wenatchee School District, serving a total 210 students. This summer, we grew! WRI included more sessions of summer camp, serving more students, and more education... 399 total education hours to be exact!
Apart from growth, there are a couple other highlights from this summer...
Partnered with Cascade School District for a Summer School Camp. Forty-five students enrolled in Cascade School District's summer school program were invited to be a part of an afternoon camp with WRI after summer school. This program occurred over three weeks, totaling 78 hours spent outside having fun with WRI.
Continued the Pay What You Can structure. Last summer, Pay What You Can was introduced to WRI summer camps. By reducing financial barriers, we hoped to increase program accessibility. We can now confidently report that this program is working! This summer, 25% of families paid more than the camp value. This helped offset the cost of camps for other families, including the 39% of camp families who paid less than the value of camp. Overall, $4,593 in scholarships were provided for summer camp participants! WRI plans to continue using this structure next year.
- Tested our ability to expand next year! We tested our ability to expand summer camps by holding 3 sessions of camp during one week this summer. This summer, we had eight staff working with summer camps, including three interns! We hope to be able to serve more students in coming years to further our mission to connect people, communities and the natural world.
It was a wonderful summer! Now, WRI is focusing on planning for fall education programs. Help us reminisce and look at the Summer Camps 2022 photo album on Facebook! Click the button below to see all of the photos. Can you find your camper?
Thank you to the Cascade Medical Foundation for their generous donation of two Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to WRI. This device helps treat people experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. These are important for improving safety precautions, especially since many people from all walks of life are served here at WRI. One AED will be located in the River Haus and the other AED will be located in the Red Barn.
Fall Wenatchee Naturalist Course
Become a Wenatchee Naturalist this fall! Registration is now open for the next 50-hour Wenatchee Naturalist in-person course occurring September 21-December 14. This course is offered by Wenatchee Valley College. Tuition is $385 with a 10% discount on those over 60 years of age.
Learn more about it here!
Thank you to our donors from the last two weeks!
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