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Explorer Chick Donates $500 to NatureBridge for Wild

Wild Does More Good!

Giving to the next generation of Environmental Stewards

As you all know, Sophia Danenberg, the first African American to summit Mt. Everest, will be our keynote speaker Friday night at West Virginia Wild. She achieved the honor back in 2006, and her climbing career continues. You are in for a treat! Can’t wait unitl Wild? Check out her TED Talk for a preview!

Okay, now to get to the purpose of my email! Instead of accepting a speaking engagement fee, Sophia asked that we make a donation to a non-profit, in particular NatureBridge. Yep, Sophia Danenberg is a good human, kind, and altruistic.. How can you not admire a woman who leverages her own story of success to help others succeed?

I had never heard of NatureBridge prior to Sophia introducing them to me. They believe environmental science eduation should be a part of every child’s life. Me too! You too?

They do this by partnering with the National Parks – in which they are the park’s largest residential environmental education partner – to create outdoor classrooms for students. Students visit Yosemite, Golden Gate, Olympic, Santa Monica Mountains, Channel Islands, and Prince William Forset.

As all Explorer Chicks know, spending time outdoors does more than just provide a backdrop for Instagrammable photos. It goes deeper than that. NatureBridge provides inquiry-based education so students build critical thinking skills, knowledge, and self-esteem. The students actually conduct scientific research in the field that rewards them with a stronger understanding of our interconnections with the natural world.

In their 44 year partnership with the National Parks, they have connected with over 1 million students! Annually, that breaks down to roughly 30,000 students and teachers!

I encourage you to take a moment to head on over to their website to dig deeper into the good they doing. More than 35% of their schools attend because of scholarships fueled partly by philanthropic funds. Their scholarship program allows them to reach many students from under-served communities. – Love this! If you’re feeling charitable and want to do more good as well, you can easily donate online.

At West Virginia Wild, we will be presenting Sophia with a check to NatureBridge in the amount of $500.

In other news: 
I am writing this email from the Miami Airport on Sunday (Yes, we schedule our messages!). I am on my way to Panama (the country, not Spring break destination!) for the Adventure Travel Trade Association’s AdventureWeek. I’ll spend the next 8 days traveling with a group of delegates from Panama City to the Canal to the Highlands to the Beach. We’ll explore the isthmus from the Caribbean Sea over to the Pacific Ocean. I’ll post updates throughout the week and share highlights on ourInstagram Story when available!

I want to know, is Panama on your Bucket List? I’ll pose the question to you on Facebook after my adventure. Let me hear your feedback!

We will have some Explorer Chick swag for sale at Wild. We’ll only be about half way through production, but our screen printer will send everything they have finished! Yay! We are expecting the Mountain Soul Tees and Tanks, the Ocean Soul tees and tanks, and our Logo tanks.

I am partnering with a printer who uses water based inks vs. petroleum based inks! Yes, hella better for the environment. As the online Shop approaches its grand opening, I’ll share more about how we are working to be conscientious of producing more stuff and using up resources.

Planning is still in full effect at Explorer Chick World Headquarters. Becca is working on two new international destinations plus a domestic winter adventure. I have a couple of winter trips in the works plus a brand new concept coming your way in 2019! Yeah, it’s pretty dope and crazy – cause that’s how we roll!

Cheers to boundless Adventures in the Great Outdoors!, Explorer Chicks!

Nicki Bruckmann
Founder, Explorer Chick

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