Deadline for raising the funds: September 30, 2019
What Earth Path is and does
Earth Path is a non-profit organization whose mission is to nourish relationships with nature for a better world- through transformative, year-round programs that develop nature awareness, wilderness skills, environmental stewardship and a deep connection to all around us.
For 4 years Earth Path has been running its nature programs at Just Food Farm/Green's Creek natural area, reaching over 400 children each year, including at-risk youth. Our Affordability policy ensures that everyone can participate regardless of their financial means.
Why Earth Path needs a cabin
Earth Path's main challenge is that we lack an indoor space, which can be particularly difficult in Canada's climate! Having a cabin will enable participants and our staff to:
- seek shelter in severe weather
- warm up on extremely cold days
- expand our programming and prevent class cancellations
- safely store our supplies, and
- offer a special nature-friendly space for community events
Cabin design and location
This 24 ft x 16 ft cabin will be built using local timbers and will be off-grid, using solar power. Built on helical piles rather than a concrete foundation, it will be movable, in case we ever need to move our programming location. The cabin will be built at Just Food Farm; Earth Path's partnering non-profit, Just Food, has a 25-year lease on this National Capital Commission-run land.
WITH YOUR HELP, we can make this dream a reality
Earth Path was given an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant to help fund this project; all we need is an additional $10,000 from the community to realize this dream!
For those who care about healthy children, healthy communities, and a healthy environment, please donate. Any amount will help and be greatly appreciated! As a non-profit, we rely on the generosity of people like you to keep delivering life-changing programs.
Your funds will go directly into building the cabin, and if we exceed our $10,000 goal, any surplus will go into fee subsidies for low-income families and schools.
More info on Earth Path: www.EarthPath.ca
Gifts to Donors:
We are very grateful for each donation, whatever the amount. We will be weaving a dream catcher from natural fibers for inside the cabin. As we weave, with each cord we will offer thanks and well-being to all donors. For larger donation amounts, here are our additional offerings:
Cedar Donors: $100 - $199 - Free entry on an Earth Path field walk
Pine Donors: $200 - $499 - Cedar Donors gift + Earth Path's 2020 nature calendar or enlarged print of your favourite photo (inspirational photos to be taken by E.P. kids and staff)
Oak Donors: $500 - $999 - Cedar Donors gift + calendar + hand-crafted basket or wooden spoon (made by Earth Path kids and staff)
Maple Donors: $1000 and up - All Donors gifts + your name inscribed on a plaque inside the cabin
For Pine, Oak and Maple donors, please email [email redacted] to claim your gift, mentioning your name, mailing address, and donation amount. Gifts will be mailed by the end of 2019.
What kids say about Earth Path
"This is the best camp I’ve ever had!"
“I wish this was our regular school and we came here every day.”
“I never want to leave! I want to live in the wild."
What the community says about Earth Path
“Earth Path has engaged hundreds of children and adults in learning about local ecology and stewardship. The feedback from participants across programs is consistently positive - glowing, in fact.”
- Moe Garahan, Just Food
“The staff at Earth Path are knowledgeable, caring, and consumed with sharing their love of nature with the children.”
- Kristi Warren, parent
“I feel so lucky to have had the chance to bring my class to Earth Path - the whole experience was amazing!”
- Lisa Anderson, Le Phare Elementary
(Thanks to Shabana B Photography)
- Heather Bell
- Lino Demasi
- Tim Cleland
- sandra nichols
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