Education and Camp Barn Campaign
Expanding Education and Camp Space for the Benefit of Our Community
Nature for All
By creating designated camp and student indoor space at Felix Neck, your support will provide for nature-based education for campers and students.
In 2014, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Fern and Feather Day Camp and pledged to continue our tradition of nature education for Island students, campers, and visitors of all ages. Our wildlife protection, conservation, and education initiatives are deeply rooted in the community and have provided memorable, nature-based experiences for generations. We must expand our facilities to accommodate everyone who shares a belief in the importance of stewarding the next generation who will care for our environment.
Participation in our camp and school programs is currently constrained by limited indoor space. But the Camp and Education Barn will provide an environment for an increasing number of campers and students to learn and explore, regardless of season or weather.
We're Going the Extra Mile
There is so much good news to share! The “littlest campaign with the biggest impact” will now have even more impact.
First, and with great thanks to all that gave, we are excited to report that Felix Neck reached our $200,000 campaign goal to build a three-season Education and Camp Barn. While it was the largest and shortest fundraising campaign in Felix Neck’s history, we wouldn’t have realized this success without the enthusiastic support of our community.
But there is more!
We always knew that in order to truly address our space needs and pave the way to offer the Vineyard nature-based education for all ages, our dream would have to include a year-round barn that would house programs and—someday—a nature-based preschool.
Well, that future suddenly is now! Because of a generous $350,000 grant from MVYouth, our full vision will become a reality—Felix Neck will have a new Education and Camp Barn with restrooms, heating, plumbing, and more. Over the next year, working together with Autumn Construction, the Barn will be built in two phases so that we will be ready for summer camp in June 2018. We are now beginning to develop a plan to provide outdoor learning for the youngest naturalists though an immersive nature-based preschool.
The community has rallied around us, and we are so very grateful. I do hope you will share in our progress on the new building by visiting the wildlife sanctuary and by following our Facebook page.
This project helps us bring Frank Lloyd Wright’s words to life: “Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”