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
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.
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 programmingfor 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:
– Support a full day of education, lodging and meals for one child.
– Support a 3-day workshop for one child.
– Provide scholarship support to a school.
– Provide transportation support for a school to come to Eagle River.
– Help Trees For Tomorrow change the world!
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
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