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WHAT CAN YOUR SUPPORT ACCOMPLISH? View the Friends of Silver Lake Nature Center’s Donor Policy.

  • Educating Youth – Our 235 acres is a living classroom for school children.
  • Educating Adults – Adults enjoy varied programs like day trips to look at birds, kayaking trips…
  • Reaching Underserved Families – Locally, we partner with many groups that serve at-risk populations or people who traditionally have not been able to learn about the joys of natural habitats
  • Providing a Nature Experience for the Physically Challenged – Silver Lake has 4.5 miles of beautiful education trails. More than 2,600 feet of those trails are 100% accessible to our friends in wheelchairs
  • Educating Interns – Since the completion of the intern cottage in 2005, the Friends of Silver Lake Nature Center has hosted four interns from Africa and six from throughout the United States.
  • Promoting Volunteer Activities – Silver Lake’s 286 volunteers donate more than 8,629 hours of work in 2008.
  • Researching Local Flora and Fauna – With 20 plant and 2 animal species considered PA Species of Special Concern, study is essential to preservation.
  • Enhancing Our Facilities – Our service expands every year, but our facilities constrain us from serving even more people.

Educating Youth – Our 235 acres is a living classroom for schoolchildren, scout groups, summer camps, and university students.
Sponsor a school classroom for $200 per classroom In 2008, we reached 8,258 children, but more and more schools are finding it difficult to pay for educational field trips. Our educational program topics address the PA Department of Education “Ecology and Environment Standards.”
Support the Summer Clubs for $500 During the summer, the Silver Lake Nature Center provides weeklong half-day nature clubs. With the help of our Business Partners, we could expand our summer clubs into full-day programs, reaching many more children.
Enable teenagers for $5,000 Teenagers are a difficult and time-consuming audience. These young people are also at a critical time in their life when pressures can tip them away from productive, healthy activities. We would hire an intern to work directly with this audience for a three-month period getting them involved in education, sustainable recreation, volunteer and research projects.

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Educating Adults – Adults enjoy varied programs like day trips to look at birds, kayaking trips, kayaking on our lake, Full Moon Walks or Paddles, Boat and Water Safety Courses or a myriad of workshops.
Build the Kayaking Adventures for $800 Our kayak adventures originated with a start-up grant, and have become the most popular program for adults of all ages. Each boat and necessary equipment costs $800.
Enable teenagers for $5,000 Teenagers are a difficult and time-consuming audience. These young people are also at a critical time in their life when pressures can tip them away from productive, healthy activities. We would hire an intern to work directly with this audience for a three-month period getting them involved in education, sustainable recreation, volunteer and research projects.

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Reaching Underserved Families – Locally, we partner with many groups that serve at-risk populations or people who traditionally have not been able to learn about the joys of natural habitats.
Sponsor a group or a visit to the Center for $200 Organizations like “Head Start”, “Latino Alliance”, or the “Robert Kelley Family Center” offer wonderful programs, but their clients would greatly benefit from a day outside. Provide scholarships to hundreds of children who otherwise would not know a turtle from a frog.
Adopt a child for a week of Summer Clubs for $100 The children get outside interacting with the environment in a fun, educational, activity filled half day program. There are still so many families we could reach, with your help.

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Providing a Nature Experience for the Physically Challenged – Silver Lake has 4.5 miles of beautiful education trails. More than 2,600 feet of those trails are 100% accessible to our friends in wheelchairs, walkers or scooters. Special care has been taken to make as much of the park welcoming to people who are typically denied access to any natural adventure. One highlight is the “boardwalk” that leads to a large observation deck where a hundred acres of wetlands are there for all (regardless of their physical ability) to enjoy. Silver Lake is unique in its service to the handicapped; it was all done with the help of our donors.
Replace a section of boardwalk for $1,000 Sections of the walkway occasionally fail to meet the ADA guidelines. The boardwalk may have shifted in high water and tilts or vandalism degrades the material.
Reach out to the handicapped community with $500 The old saying, “build it and they will come” just does not work. We need to pay a staff person to reach out to this community and make them aware of the opportunities.

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Educating Interns – Since the completion of the intern cottage in 2005, the Friends of Silver Lake Nature Center has hosted four interns from Africa and six from throughout the United States. Interns bring richness to the educational experience at Silver Lake, and we are searching for a key sponsor so we can vastly expand this program.
Bring an intern into our community for $5,000 An intern position at the Center for three months is only possible when they can receive travel expenses and a stipend for living. This investment builds their skills, frequently gives them their first work experience, and brings fresh creative ideas to the Center and community. If your company is internationally based, we can discuss an opportunity for an internship for an employee’s family member to come and work at the Center.

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Promoting Volunteer Activities – Silver Lake’s 286 volunteers donate more than 8,629 hours of work in 2008.
Sponsor the School To Work Program for $1,000 The Center is working with local school districts to provide challenging, fun, safe and relevant volunteer experiences for high school students working on their “Community Volunteer” requirements for graduation. This requires a staff person to dedicate significant time working with each child.
Host the annual Volunteer Recognition Event for $1,000 Volunteers who have worked so hard with no significant reward deserve a fun event with good food. Held in March, our annual volunteer recognition event provides a scrumptious catered breakfast and little trinkets to acknowledge their significant contributions.
Build our capacity to incorporate volunteers for $5,000 The Center hires a part-time coordinator of volunteers. With more hours, they could reach out to new markets and build relations. Volunteers are the best supporters of the Nature Center, so building the capacity of our ability to work with volunteers also builds our funding capacity.

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Researching Local Flora and Fauna – With 20 plant and 2 animal species considered PA Species of Special Concern, study is essential to preservation.
Fund a season of the Red-bellied Turtle Research Project for $15,000 This brings in a student for nine months to spend each day tracking these elusive animal and pays for the radio telemetry equipment and collecting supplies. The data is shared with other researchers and with the PA Fish and Boat Commission.
Support a Citizen Science Research Project for $5,000 There are numerous opportunities from water quality studies to species studies that can be done by engaging the average citizen – young or old – to help collect the data. The program needs supplies and to be coordinated by a part-time staff person.

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Enhancing Our Facilities – Our service expands every year, but our facilities constrain us from serving even more people. With the help of our Business Partners, we could enhance the educational resources, expand our outdoor classrooms, and create more access for people to study nature up close.
Contribute to the renovation of our exhibit area The exhibits are the face of the Center. Visitors expect nice, informative, and interactive exhibits. Built in 1993, our exhibit room has grown tired and needs a major facelift. The anticipated costs will be $250,000.
Spruce up the front A design flaw of the building is a puddle right in front of the door every time it rains. The plan is to replace the stark, harsh asphalt with an EP Henry type brick courtyard which will solve the drainage problem plus make the entrance more attractive and appealing. Anticipated cost is $70,000.

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Donations are tax deductable to the extent allowed by law.

A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the PA Department of State by calling toll free within PA 1-800-732-0999 or at this link.