BNC Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2019
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Community engagement is the key initiative for Boston Nature Center (BNC) in its careful, intentional connections with neighbors. BNC offers a dynamic community education center that welcomes all, shapes our programs with thoughtful input and feedback from our participants, and reaches out to those who are still learning about us. Equity and inclusion lead the way and it all starts with nature—our common denominator.
This year BNC had an overall 18% increase in all programs!
We now have community members and organizations from the surrounding neighborhood using our buildings and grounds an average of every two and half days. Neighbors came to BNC to hold a repass or memorial service for a loved one, to celebrate a shower or wedding, or attend a retreat or conference—all resulting in connecting with the beauty and solace this sanctuary offers.
Our outreach and professional development to other educators was both at the local and state levels and focused on both formal education (early and elementary education) and informal education (like camp and public programs). BNC co-sponsored a conference with Eastern Regional Association of Forest and Nature Schools and the South Shore Science Center which drew in over 80 teachers from the Greater Boston area.
We welcome and support community partnerships and encourage them to use the sanctuary for their constituents. AMC Rx, HERO, Mattapan Food and Fitness, and Outdoor Afro are some examples where groups are welcomed to BNC to conduct their own programs. We began a new partnership with our sister sanctuary, Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary and their community supported agriculture program.
Our environmental education reach is wide and is BNC's fundamental work. Our partnerships with Boston Public Schools and our program offerings from Pathways to Nature Preschool and Outreach to Boston Schools Environmental Initiative to camp and so much more connect thousands of children and families to nature.
All of these efforts in community engagement keep us connected to you.
We honor and celebrate diversity and inclusion. We embrace our extended community. Thank you for joining us in this journey of respecting and welcoming each other as we protect nature for people and wildlife.