The Dunwoody Nature Center has launched its 2012 annual fund campaign. The campaign commenced with an annual “invitation only” event for special guests – the year’s major contributors to the Dunwoody Nature Center. The guest list included donors, key volunteers, corporate sponsors, and other long time friends and supporters.
This year’s event featured a fall theme and was made possible with the assistance of three local Dunwoody businesses: a beer tasting from Moondog Growlers, a variety of Italian antipasto from E. 48th Street Market, and artesian bread provided by H & F Bread Company.
In 2012, finances from the annual fund allowed the Nature Center to expand its reach and enhance its offering of programs including bringing back two community favorites: the Butterfly Festival and the summer concert series. In addition, the Nature Center was able to extensively reclaim its meadow from years of erosion while providing another educational element to the grounds: garden beds and a picnicking area were added to the front meadow; and new walking paths and hiking trails were created.
High profile speakers such as author Charles Seabrook and cultural institutions such as the High Museum were brought to the Nature Center to reconnect adults with the importance of nature. Perhaps most importantly, the Nature Center formed a partnership with likeminded environmental organizations to form a coalition of environmental groups in order to further expand the expertise of its programming.
This year, the Nature Center’s stated goal is to raise $40,000 through its Annual Fund campaign. The Nature Center plans to allocate these funds towards continued improvements on both the grounds and the facilities of Dunwoody Park including expanding classroom space and a making much needed investment in signage, displays, and other passive education media for visitors.
To recognize the generosity of donors who contribute to the campaign and help “grow” its mission, the Nature Center will add a leaf to its virtual giving tree in the donor’s honor. All donations received will go toward the programs and operations of the Nature Center and support its mission of inspiring the love of nature and cultivating environmental understanding and stewardship.
Incorporated in 1992 as a 501(c)(3), the Dunwoody Nature Center is celebrating its 20th year of providing high-quality environmental education programs and is a home for scouts, gardeners, school field trips, and others who appreciate the beauty of nature.
The Nature Center’s mission includes conserving and enhancing Dunwoody Park, educating children, families, and adults of all ages about the natural world and our place in it, and motivating environmental awareness and responsible action.
To learn more about the Dunwoody Nature Center’s Annual Fund campaign, please visit dunwoodynature.org/Annual-Fund.