Your support made this possible in 2013!
AVERY HOUSE NATURE CENTER expanded its local place-based nature education programs:
- Natureplay Preschool engaged 235 of our youngest naturalists in the local ecology through observation, investigation and play, including our new Kinder Science program.
- Explore! Nature summer day camps offered a full summer of new outdoor learning adventures for over400 youth, including new advanced level camps, nature bike camps and wild animal art.
- 30 classrooms got outdoors with NEWT (Nature Education With Teachers) for a local science experience, meeting state standards while connecting their education to our local ecology.
- Nature-themed Eco-Birthday Parties were more popular than ever, with over 200 children celebrating by learning about our classroom critters or by getting muddy with science fun.
ENERGIZE CORVALLIS continued to make Corvallis one of the most energy-efficient, climate-friendly communities:
- Communities Take Charge inspired thousands of residents to save energy this year. Together, we prevented nearly 2.5 million pounds of CO2 from going into our atmosphere—the equivalent of taking over 225 cars off the road for a year.
- Installed nearly 1,000 energy-saving light bulbs for free.
- Provided over 10,000 hours of meaningful volunteer experience to Corvallis youth.
- Partnered with Clean Energy Works Oregon to help residents make home energy remodels.
EDIBLE CORVALLIS INITIATIVE increased access to local food & sustainable agriculture education:
- The Farm to School program brought more farm-fresh food to Corvallis schools, helping the Corvallis School District pilot a new Local Lunch option at all elementary schools in the District.
- The District has increased purchases from local farms by 500%!
- SAGE, our Starker Arts Garden for Education, donated nearly 4 tons of vegetables to feed families with limited access to fresh produce.
- 1,463 children went on a SAGE Farm Field Trip for a hands-on learning experience that linked science in the classroom to lessons in the garden.
- Our new month-long Complete Organic Gardening Course taught sustainable practices to gardeners wanting to grow their own food.
We are so grateful for the financial and in-kind support from donors and volunteers made these successes possible—and we continue our commitment to give back to Corvallis with:
- Scholarships for nature exploration classes, garden camps, and community garden plots.
- Hands-on educational activities for over 3,000 families a year at free community events year-round.
- No-cost energy efficiency advice, services, free CFLs and faucet aerators in local residences.
Your contributions to the CEC help us continue our contributions to the community we all love.