Annual Fund

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The 2021 Annual Fund Supports The Watershed Moment Capital Campaign

Key Areas of Investment

  • Classroom space for hosting events and educational sessions
  • Extended patio with dedicated outdoor gathering space
  • Flexible laboratory and lecture space for staff and educators
  • Kitchenette for staff and group use
  • New restrooms, ADA–accessible, family–friendly, water- and energy-efficient
  • A central pedestrian hub for walks and talks
  • Universally accessible outdoor gathering spaces
  • Improved navigation and views to the meadows and forest beyond
  • Updated, consistent, and prominent trail and key points of interest signage throughout the entire 852-acre preserve

• Solar and geothermal upgrades to reduce use of fossil fuels
• Resilient and redundant energy systems
• Septic system modernization
• Driveway and parking lot improvements
– Welcoming and clear for visitors
– Expanding capacity sustainably

“We’re launching A Watershed Moment Capital Campaign to better tell our 50-year story of ecological restoration, refreshing facilities, and helping all our visitors form their own unique relationship to nature. More space means more community partners! We want the Trust to be a hub for environmental education, open to schools, universities, and clubs. Reinvestment throughout the Trust will ensure that we offer engaging, universally accessible, and educational experiences. We’re pairing every interior renovation with a landscape improvement to keep the experience focused on nature and the outdoors. We’re modeling carbon-neutral and regenerative energy systems by doing away with fossil fuels and installing geothermal heating and cooling in all our buildings. Photovoltaic solar panels will further add renewable energy to the grid. Bathrooms will be universally accessible and water-efficient. And we’re capitalizing on existing and historic structures, valuing the past, not demolishing it.”

Chris Mendel, Executive Director

Progress to 2 Million Campaign Goal

64%

With the help of key stakeholders and 100% support from the Board of Directors, we’ve been able to get close to our minimum goal of 2 million to accomplish these projects. Now it’s time for our members and supporters to help make this future a reality.

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