The COVID pandemic has brought unprecedented needs, especially to children and families. Once people learned that being outdoors was the safest place for children to gather, our local community turned to VWS for help.
Thanks to your support, we have been able to respond:
200 classroom teachers asked for training on outdoor learning. We’re providing it for free.
“Your training helped us make the leap to full-time outdoor learning. Thank you VWS!”
— School Principal
Our team of educators has met with hundreds of teachers and school administrators to help them make the transition to COVID-safe outdoor learning. The next challenge is helping them learn cold-weather strategies for longer stretches outdoors, so we are asking you to help us continue to offer this free service.
Families asked for an alternative to “Zoom school.” We’ve tripled our weekday programs.
"I think we're entering the golden age of outdoor education... We're finally getting huge numbers of American children outdoors during the school day."
— VWS Executive Director Sam Stegeman, quoted in a recent story on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered
This fall VWS rebuilt our weekday programs to accommodate the many students who have entered partial or full distance learning. Many children are now receiving their first exposure to our style of nature connection mentoring.
Kids were trapped at home all summer. We safely ran one of the only summer camps in the area.
"VWS has been incredible throughout this whole crazy spring and summer. Many thanks for being so thoughtful, pragmatic, and communicative."
Back in April all VWS programs were forced to shut down. By June however, our staff had developed COVID-safe protocols and were running more summer camp weeks than ever. See the Brattleboro Reformer article featuring VWS camps.
Scholarship requests from local families are at a new high. We’re providing more funds than ever.
“We are so grateful for the scholarship that has allowed our children to participate during these uncertain and stressful times.”
Every December YOU help us refill the VWS Scholarship Fund. Your generosity is a gift to families whose children otherwise could not attend.
Please help VWS continue to say YES to the community's requests!
We've already raised over half of our $80,000 goal.
Your donation impacts the whole community. We cannot do this work without you!
Yours in gratitude,
The VWS Staff & Board
P. S. Please consider making your donation a monthly gift. Click "Donate" and select "Monthly."
P. P. S. You can also donate by check, payable to:
Vermont Wilderness School, PO Box 2585, Brattleboro, VT 05303