In summer 2017, we’re sending a record 14 youth to a week of summer camp completely on scholarship! Thanks to our partners at Portland Parks & Rec, OMSI, Rewild, Trackers Earth, Audubon Society, and Camp Namanu for helping youth have such seminal experiences outdoors.
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A huge thank you to East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District for two Partners in Conservation Grants and two Small Projects and Conservation Education grants to get us started and solidify our programs in our first 3.5 years. We are also proud to have received two Gray Family Foundation Community Field Trips grants grant for more awesome youth and family outings and camps into 2017, and to be launching our first year of partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest through 2017 to conduct joint outings!
2016: We are so excited for group events this summer as we continue to partner with Columbia Springs, Tryon Creek State Park , Metro, and the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership. We are also excited to be partnering with some new organizations this summer including EarthArtAg, Momentum Alliance , Us Fish & Wildlife Service, Sunday Parkways, and ECOutdoors PNW. Highlights for our summer include ranger led programs, a gardening service project, a community bike ride, canoeing trips, and paddle boarding.
Thanks to our partners, we will be able to send nine of our youth to day and overnight summer camps in 2016. Our friends from Saturday Academy, Soul River, Audubon Society, Rewild, Friends of Tryon Creek, YMCA Camp Collins and Trackers Earth provided scholarships for our youth to learn skills like archery and stealth, fly fishing, zoo design, and leadership with younger kids. Thank you, partners!
The Portland office of the Conservation Fund donates their office space to us to hold meetings with our Administrative Committee, mentors, and partners.
Our friends at Columbia Springs Environmental Education Center, Metro, Tryon Creek State Natural Area, and the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership all facilitated awesome group programs for us in 2015, and Portland Parks and Rec, the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council, and Friends of Trees all gave us opportunities to give back to nature through service projects. Thanks, partners!
Thanks to our partners, we were able to send five of our youth to a week of summer camp in 2015. Our friends from Portland Parks & Recreation, Green Schoolhouse Portland, Rewild Portland, OMSI and Trackers Earth provided scholarships to our Harrison Park cohort to learn skills like archery, arts & crafts using nature, tracking wildlife in the desert, and getting down and dirty in the garden. Thank you, partners!
Umpqua Bank’s Community Giving Program supported our program expansion to North Portland in spring 2015. Thank you!
A huge thanks to Uncomn Creative for their donation of our logo and website design, and to MC Laser Labs for their donation of time to produce our awesome new merchandise. Also, thanks to BOGS Footwear, New Seasons Market- Arbor Lodge, and Columbia Sportswear for their in-kind donations of gear and food in support of our program.
Urban Nature Partners PDX is a member of The Intertwine Alliance, a coalition of Portland organizations working together to more fully engage residents with the outdoors and nature.
Urban Nature Partners PDX also works with the Institute for Youth Success and Mentor, nonprofits that provides resources to support best practices in youth mentoring.
We work closely with SUN Schools in Multnomah County to select youth from underserved neighborhoods that will be the perfect match for our program. Thanks to SUN Site Managers through IRCO and Latino Network at Harrison Park, Cesar Chavez, and Harvey Scott Schools for making it happen!