As we close the doors to 2018, we prepare to celebrate a milestone in Trees For Tomorrow history: 75 years of sustainability and stewardship in Wisconsin’s northwoods. As this year quickly comes to a close, Trees For Tomorrow would like you to consider making a donation to help continue our legacy of preparing today’s youth to be tomorrow’s stewards of our natural world.  

With every school that comes through Trees For Tomorrow’s doors, another child walks away with a closer relationship to the environment. As we close 74 years of life-changing education, it gives me cause to reflect on the impact we’ve had on both children and adults alike since we opened our doors in 1944. The alumni stories we receive reflect so many things: Gratitude, learning, wonder, adventure, and the excitement of overcoming fears and boundaries. This, I believe, is a testament to the power of immersing kids in the outdoors. And our donors are an important piece of this recipe for success.  

I’m writing you today to ask you to help inspire that excitement and support the ongoing mission of Trees For Tomorrow to promote sustainable management of our natural resources through transformative educational experiences. Your year-end donation in the amount of $100 or more will support a child’s education in sustainable stewardship of our natural resources at a time when conservation and responsible management is more important than ever before.  

“My experience [at Trees For Tomorrow] inspired me to study Environmental Science in college where I met some of the most influential people in my life. These connections have led me on an incredible journey. Trees For Tomorrow gave me the confidence to be one of the few females in natural resources. I am now working for my dream agency promoting natural resources careers for other women and minorities at a national level. I never would have gotten to this place without the inspiring people I interacted with during the Careers in Natural Resources workshop experience in high school.”  -Corinne, Careers Workshop Alumni  

Kids learn a lot at Trees For Tomorrow, and we couple those lessons with fun outdoor activities that keep students engaged, excited and interested in what they’re learning. To teach them about responsible forest management, we take them to properly managed forests and show them how to identify trees and collect a variety of data. To learn about water quality, we teach them to canoe on local lakes where they take water samples and see the diversity of life that clean water harbors. To show them how animals flourish in the forests, we teach them to identify tracks and habitat and ask them to take into consideration their surroundings. Those well managed forests provide territory for a variety of species. The lessons the children learn yield more than just knowledge – in Corinne’s case, they yield self-confidence that propels them to a future where they directly encourage and influence others. 

$100 will fully fund a one-night stay with programming for a child at Trees For Tomorrow.  

While we wish we could provide this learning experience for free, the reality is we can’t. That’s where you come in. Trees For Tomorrow seeks strong, mutually supportive relationships with a variety of partner organizations, corporations, campuses, agencies and individuals to enhance the Trees For Tomorrow experience and advance the Trees For Tomorrow mission. This includes you - our supporters, alumni and those who understand the value of exposing kids to the outdoors and teaching them how to use our natural resources in a responsible manner.

Experiences at Trees For Tomorrow are accessible to children from all economic backgrounds and all locales. The lessons they learn here are just as relevant whether they live in an urban setting or in a suburban or rural environment. A healthy environment that includes clean water, trees and wildlife habitat are important no matter where our students come from.  

A student from Green Bay recently wrote about how critical the scholarship support was in allowing him to come to Trees For Tomorrow:  
“… Before I came to my new school my brother went to the hospital a lot! And so we are kinda low on money right now. At my house all of my brothers have jobs. I have 5 brothers. But you helped me be able to go to [Trees For Tomorrow]! Thank you so much…” Anonymous Elementary Student  
While this student was forthcoming about his family’s situation, we know there are many who are not as candid. Schools pay what they can afford to be able to bring their students to Trees. But there is a gap between what they can afford to pay, and what it costs us to provide these valuable programs. It’s that gap that we are asking you to help us fill.  

Trees For Tomorrow has been providing educational opportunities to students, regardless of their ability to pay, for 74 years. We could not have done this without the support of people like you. Thank you for supporting Trees For Tomorrow.  You have the ability to continue to make a positive impact on the lives of students by affording them the opportunity to take advantage of our programs. Your generosity is a critical piece in spreading the message to as many children as possible in the northern Great Lakes.  

Please consider making a donation of $100 or more. Here are some examples of what your support can fund:
  • $100 – Support a full day of education, lodging and meals for one child.
  • $250 – Support a 3-day workshop for one child.
  • $500 – Provide scholarship support to a school.
  • $1,000 – Provide transportation support for a school to come to Eagle River.
  • $2,500+ – Help Trees For Tomorrow change the world!  
“I walked away from my visit with a stronger respect for nature and a stronger awareness of how everything in our world is connected – trees, wildlife, people, water… I also had many great conversations with Trees For Tomorrow staff about career pathway options to help me meet my new goals.”  Cheryl, High School Alumni  

As Cheryl so eloquently put, your generosity is helping kids learn skills that will be beneficial to them far beyond the walls of our classrooms. They take the lessons they learn here and apply them to real life. Many of our students go on to pursue careers in natural resources, others become more conscious citizens because of what they learn. They all come away changed because of the opportunity they were given to slow down and spend time in the forest.  

Your tax-deductible donation of $100 or more will make a huge difference in the life of a student who will take the next step toward being tomorrow’s stewards of our natural world. 

Your support makes a difference! Robin Ginner
Executive Director


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