Your Generosity Lifts Lives!

Dear Friend of Wilderness Awareness School,

We greatly appreciate all that you do to help get more kids connected with nature. As parents, educators, donors and volunteers, you are helping turn the tide at a pivotal time for our children – a time when children are spending more and more time in front of entertainment media and less time outside.

For over 30 years, Wilderness Awareness School has been a pioneer in inspiring kids to connect with nature. Each year our programs serve over 3,000 youth locally while also training the next generation of skilled instructors who reach tens of thousands more throughout the world.

Recently, I came across a story that stopped me in my tracks: 

At the age of seven, Torin was diagnosed with a high grade malignant brain tumor. The treatment he received at Seattle Children’s Hospital saved his life, but also took a toll. When he finished radiation and chemotherapy he was unable to walk independently and struggled with chronic fatigue. Throughout the rest of the spring and into the summer, one of the goals he worked toward was to be able to attend Wilderness Awareness camp as he had in the past.

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He was beautifully accommodated by the staff, volunteers and other children. When the walking proved to be too much and the kids voiced that they did not want their group to split up, the staff suggested a wagon for Torin which the group decorated with leaves and branches.

After months of hospital walls, Torin was surrounded by trees.  The beeping of vital sign monitors was replaced by birds.

Not only was Torin included, he received a generous scholarship which helped with a budget stretched thin by the months of my being unable to work as I cared for him.

Torin continues to look forward to Wilderness Awareness Camp every summer. Each year he walks farther, participates more in the games, and makes new friends through team building exercises that help each child see themselves as members of a strong and vital community.  

I’m no different than parents of kids who have not had a medicalized childhood.  We see the value in getting them away from technology screens and confined spaces and into the natural world. Wilderness Awareness School makes that goal so much easier to attain.

—   Lisa Petke, mother of Torin

I am touched on many different levels by this story – the healing power of nature; how nature is a great equalizer that encourages inclusiveness and acceptance of diversity; how nature is the perfect context for mentoring and learning; how Torin would not have been able to have this experience without the support of compassionate donors like Glendora.

Time in nature is not only greatly beneficial for kids like Torin, but for ALL kids.

Ingwe, our co-founder, had a dream that kids of all ages would have the opportunity to develop a strong connection to the natural world. In his honor, the proceeds of our spring Get Outside campaign will go to the Ingwe Memorial Scholarship Fund.

We need your help to make an even greater impact and reach even more kids.

Glendora Trescher, a spry 95-year-old, has been a loyal and passionate supporter of the school’s mission for over 12 years. She wants to inspire people to discover the joy of giving to such a wonderful vision. With that in mind, she approached me with an exciting offer.

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Glendora is offering a matching gift of up to $10,000 for all new and returning donors! Every dollar you give will be matched by Glendora.

Please join her with your generous donation today. Our goal for our spring Get Outside campaign is to raise $45,000 to help get more kids outside and connected with nature!

Over the years, Glendora has been inspired by the results of her support – stories of our instructor training graduates who have started schools throughout the world and stories of our scholarship recipients whose lives were positively impacted by our programs.

Imagine a world in which the transformational impact of our programs was available to everyone who needed it…

Last year we gave over $75,000 in scholarships. Please join Glendora with your generous gift of $35, $50, $100 or more today and help bring Ingwe’s dream to life.

With gratitude,


Warren Moon
Executive Director

P.S. Please send in your donation by June 1st, the deadline for us to notify next year’s scholarship recipients. And remember, your gift will be doubled by Glendora! Or click here to donate now!

P.P.S. A second way to Grow your Gift. Join us on May 6th for GiveBIG, The Seattle Foundation’s one-day event where all gifts will be Stretch Matched! See insert for more information.

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At the age of seven, Torin was diagnosed with a high grade malignant brain tumor. The treatment he received at Seattle Children’s Hospital saved his life, but also took a toll. When he finished radiation and chemotherapy in April of 2010 he was unable to walk independently and struggled with chronic fatigue.

Throughout the rest of the spring and into the summer, one of the goals he worked toward in outpatient rehabilitation was to be able to attend Wilderness Awareness camp in Seward Park as he had in the past. He was beautifully accommodated by the staff, volunteers and other children.

When the walking proved to be too much and the kids voiced that they did not want their group split up, the staff suggested a wagon for Torin which the group decorated with leaves and branches.  After months of hospital walls, Torin was surrounded by trees.

The beeping of vital sign monitors was replaced by birds.  Not only was Torin included, he received a generous scholarship which helped with a budget stretched thin by the months of my being unable to work as I cared for him. Torin continues to look forward to Wilderness Awareness Camp every summer.

Each year he walks farther, participates more in the games, and makes new friends through team building exercises that help each child see themselves as members of a strong and vital community.  I’m no different than parents of kids who have not had a medicalized childhood.  We see the value in getting them away from technology screens and confined spaces and into the natural world. Wilderness Awareness School makes that goal so much easier to attain.

 

 

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Glendora Trescher offers a matching grant, at the age of 95, because she believes in the vision of Wilderness Awareness School, has supported the school through its many years of flow, and she wants to inspire New Money, new people who can discover the joy of giving to such a wonderful vision.

Glendora was raised in Iowa during the Great Depression, and she married and raised children and lived in Pennsylvania most of her life.  She raised her daughters, Tory Trescher Agnich and Ellen Trescher Haas, through stream-crossed backyards, many adventures cross-country, and in the remote lake country of Ontario.  She has always loved the beauty of nature: the shocking uplift of a gardenia in scent and bloom, the widening of sight upon viewing a panorama. She completely believes in letting kids play outside in unstructured time. She loves the vision of Stalking Wolf.

Now retired to a community near Tory in Dallas, it gives her great pleasure to give of her and her late husband, Robert Lincoln Trescher’s, life’s earnings and saving to bring in new people to appreciate and support the good that Wilderness Awareness School does in reaching out to the people who dearly need the benefits of simple nature connection.