In order to really learn about our planet, especially if you're a kid, you have to be able to see, touch, smell, hear, and feel what you are learning.
We need your help to continue leading field trips for local students and accomplish our mission of "bringing nature into the hearts of all".
Since the conception of the Center for Human-Earth Restoration in 2010, we have been involved with 12 Wake County public schools and several homeschool groups on a yearly basis, helping teachers meet class objectives through expeditions and on-campus outdoor experiences, which leads to creativity and helps students to integrate understanding in themselves through reflection.
An additional program that we have successfully run for 4 years is the Neighborhood Ecology Corps (N.E.C.) program, which is offered at no cost to Southeast Raleigh students or their families, through a partnership with NC State College of Natural Resources, City of Raleigh, NC State Parks, National Park Service, Triangle Land Conservancy, and Partners for Environmental Justice. This program involves underserved youth who live in the same community, but attend 9 different schools, which are in addition to the ones previously mentioned.
More than half of the Wake County schools we conduct programming with are Title 1 schools, which means they have a high percentage of underpriviliged students or students from low-income families. Title 1 funding from State Educational Agencies is used to give these students opportunities to meet academic standards on an equal footing with other student populations. With enriching outdoor education experiences, our program has been proven effective to help teachers reinforce the standards, and to increase individual academic success, as well as the desire to learn. These outdoor experiences also develop teamwork and leadership skills, which creates eco-literate citizens with a strong sense of community.
Many schools are no longer able to work with us, due to the lack of available funds.
All donations will be directed towards continuing our place-based, outdoor education programs, as well as restoring our programs to underserved schools.
Please help us continue to bring nature into the hearts of all.