Without your participation and support, Sheldrake cannot fulfill its commitment to help families learn about and protect the significant natural resources here.
The annual cost to provide our breadth of programming is over $100,000. Your donation will have an immediate impact, felt by people in your local community as we continue to work to provide virtual programming, private, socially distanced guided nature walks and community education both in-person and virtually through our You Tube channel. Our property remains open for visitors and has been a sanctuary for many to escape these times and find a meaningful connection with nature or fun escape for their families. As a small, non-profit organization, we depend on fundraising and program fees for nearly 90% of our financial resources.
It’s the support of friends like you that allows us to continue being a vibrant educational resource for the local communities of lower Westchester and to keep our doors open through these trying times.
Quick facts about what we have done lately…
- We have taught over 2,000 hours of nature education, delivering more than 450 classes.
- We have pivoted in response to COVID-19 to develop virtual nature programs for schools, scouts, toddlers, and preschoolers.
- We offer free nature and STEM education programs for families throughout the year.
- Introduced 400 pre-school children to the natural world through our Pod, Young Explorers, Nature Bugs, June Mini-Camp and Toddler Time programs.
- Launched an ongoing Meadow Restoration Project.
- Revitalized the Community Garden to provide learning opportunities for children and produce to community members in need.
- We have hosted Scout troops from various Westchester towns to help these do-gooders earn their badges in nature.
- We have started a wellness initiative that includes monthly mindful outdoor experiences, virtual book circles and weekend programs for adults and families and mindful-based retreats for community members.
- We provide free or low-cost nature programs for toddlers and their caregivers.
- We expanded our bilingual nature education to provide more learning opportunities.
- We expanded our pre-school offerings for children including Young Explorers and Nature Bugs.
- A team of 20 naturalists and our Director of Education deliver all of our programs. Your support enables these knowledgeable naturalists to continue to be a resource for the community and local area school children.