Nature's Equity: Camping for Environmental Justice

by Nadeje Alexandre




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Hello friend! Water Wanderings is a summer camp at Green River Reservoir in Hyde Park, Vermont. It's mission is to empower young people through inclusive community building, outdoor adventure and environmental education that nourishes resilience and integrity. This amazing nonprofit was founded by my friend Sonya Buglion-Gluck. I believe in Water Wanderings because I believe in Sonya. After reading her college senior thesis a number of years ago, which read like a full-blown dissertation, I knew that this was someone special; a change agent already living her mission to improve the world and all life therein. As an adult on a camping adventure with Sonya, I learned so much through our excursions. I can only imagine what our young children are learning as they experience the wonders of nature at Water Wanderings. I proudly accepted to sit on her board of advisors to support and be an advocate for this amazing program.

Sowing Seeds for Sustainable Growth 

At Water Wanderings, we're dedicated to building healthy and equitable relationships that foster resilience and cultivate love and joy. Our unique camps provide families and young people with the opportunity to learn, grow, and flourish through inclusive community building, outdoor adventure, and environmental education. We firmly believe that everyone should have access to outdoor adventures, regardless of their background, and that's why we prioritize community and equity in all that we do.

The Water Wanderings Experience

Water Wanderings camps take place in the Green River Reservoir State Park, where campsites are accessed only by canoe and campers learn to live without running water, electricity, cell phones, or buildings of any kind. Our high counselor-to-camper ratios ensure that every child receives the attention and guidance they deserve. Our carefully crafted curriculum integrates learning about equity, community, outdoor skills, sustainability, art, creativity, and ecology, offering an enriching and meaningful experience that strengthens campers relationships with themselves, each other and the earth. 

Our Impact in 2023

In the 2023 season, we had the privilege of serving 23 campers, and we expanded our reach to an additional 62 individuals through public workshops. Notably, we collaborated with the Burlington School District Summer Program to bring the wonders of nature and our unique environmental justice curriculum to even more young hearts and minds.

A Vision for the Future

As we look to the future, we're setting our sights on greater possibilities. For the upcoming summer, we plan to welcome 38 campers and continue our valuable collaborations with schools, aiming to inspire and educate more children and families than ever before. Additionally, we are excited to be entering a strategic planning phase to chart the course for Water Wanderings over the next three years.

Join Our Cause

To realize these ambitious goals, create an inclusive strategic plan, and ensure that cost is never a barrier to a child's connection with nature, we need your support. By December 31st, we aim to raise $8,000 and your gift will be deeply appreciated, no matter how big or how small. These funds will empower Water Wanderings to enter the new year with the resources needed to plan and grow sustainably, with a special focus on investing in our dedicated staff.

Your contribution will make a world of difference in the lives of our campers, creating memories and skills that last a lifetime. Together, we can build the foundation for Water Wanderings' sustainable growth and visionary planning in the year ahead.

Join us in our mission to inspire and empower - Donate today!

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