Oh, the places we went…

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From my Riveredge family to yours, thank you so much for an incredible 2016.
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Dear Riveredge friends,

The Winter Solstice recently passed and with it the longest night of the year. In a way, it marked the end of a truly remarkable 12 months at Riveredge Nature Center–a year that you were part of and YOU made possible.

This was a year full of…

  • songs by the campfire
  • squeals of joy on Trailblazer island
  • family laughter at Family Nature Clubs
  • 4th graders carving hiking sticks
  • college students conducting research on the land
  • over 1,000 little baby sturgeon swimming free in Lake Michigan
  • students and teachers learning outside at their schools with the Scientists in Residence
  • community building at the Memory Café
  • joyful learning in the new public school, nature-based 4K classes
  • new family traditions for many at the hunt for the Yule Log

It was a year that saw an increase of 12,000 new youth and adults in Riveredge programs, and a year which marked record high membership in this 48-year-old nonprofit.

Oh, the places we went in 2016. Oh, the places we’ll go in 2017!

And we could not have done it without you. Without your support, kindness, and friendship, the Riveredge family would be smaller. Without your membership and generosity, all of our neighbors would be less inspired about the natural world. Without you, the world would be a little bit darker and certainly less great.

Join me in reveling in the success of 2016, because it’s not just Riveredge’s accomplishments, it’s YOUR accomplishments! I invite you to view our newly published two-year annual report, now online.

And, join me in the joy of longer days and the greatness that is to come in 2017! End your year by making a gift to Riveredge, or becoming a member, and enjoy the magic of bringing nature to families, schools, and communities.

Together, we can make 2017 another breathtaking year. For, without YOU, there would be no us.

Happy New Year!

Jessica Jens
Riveredge Executive Director
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