BECAUSE WE LOVE TRAILS, BEACHES, PLAYGROUNDS AND PARKS! The Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation enhances our community by supporting a thriving system of parks, trails and open spaces. Your contribution helps develop and improve trails, build playgrounds, and fund new amenities at our favorite public places, including our parks and facilities such as the Aquatic Center and Senior Center. Together we can improve our shorelines and forests, ballfields and docks. Our parks and trails are our most beloved public resources. You can make these great places even better for all of us and for future generations! PLEASE MAKE A GIFT TODAY.
The BPAA provides an observatory, telescopes and space dedicated to many aspects of astronomy, including Star Parties, educational programs, public lectures, astronomy courses, research projects and construction programs. OCFA funds, along with membership dues, directly support operations.
The EMERGE Leadership Project’s goal is to advance progress towards sustainable solutions by providing training, mentoring and leadership development support to individuals actively engaged in projects, programs, and policies impacting the health of our community’s natural and built environment. The emergent leadership model is a more effective, more accessible, and more appropriate framework for green building and development advocacy focused on achieving environmentally sound, socially just, and economically viable objectives. OFCA 2015 funded a scholarship for the Chair of the Housing Resource Board (and a young design professional) to participate in EMERGE’s training and mentoring program. Future donations will be used similarly.
Now in its 15th year, Friends of the Farms works to preserve and enhance local agriculture, increase farmland and support the farming community. We envision a resilient community with a flourishing locally based food system comprising conscious consumers, supportive businesses, and thriving farms.
Kitsap Audubon Society is dedicated to environmental study, nature study and the preservation of wildlife and habitat, and the enjoyment and appreciation of our natural areas. We hold monthly educational programs and organize birding field trips. We publish an informational newsletter, known for its photographs of birds and activities. We are active in land and habitat conservation efforts.
NatureBridge provides hands-on environmental science programs for children and teens. Our multi-day programs take place outdoors in the magnificence of nature’s classroom, where students are immersed in the wonder and science of our national parks in Yosemite, Golden Gate, Olympic, Santa Monica Mountains, Channel Islands, and Prince William Forest. Founded as Yosemite Institute in 1971, today NatureBridge welcomes more than 700 schools and 30,000 students and teachers each year to our six campuses. After more than 40 years of teaching and inspiring students, NatureBridge has provided life-changing experiences for more than 1 million participants and is a national leader in the field of environmental education. Ancient forests, alpine terrain, coastal marine habitats, and the largest river restoration in U.S. history make Olympic National Park a quintessential living laboratory. More than 4,000 students from throughout Washington State and the Puget Sound Region visit our Olympic campus each year.
Salish Sea Expeditions serves students in grades 5-12 by inspiring a passion for learning through hands-on marine science and STEM-focused exploration, maritime skills training and leadership development aboard a 61-foot sailing research vessel on the waters of Puget Sound. Students design and conduct real experiments, deploy oceanographic equipment, gather and analyze data, plot a course for data collection, handle sails and boat navigation, and work as a team to better understand the environmental health of the Salish Sea and its connected waterways.