By John Chandler, Wolf Ridge Development Director
We’ve had some exciting rainy, snowy, icy weather the last few days but our construction teams are hard at work. The windows have been installed in the Naturalist House and they are working on getting the metal roof on when they can. With the windows installed the construction crews can get some weather protection (and heat) as they continue – good timing as winter ramps up.
The Making Waves Campaign is filling a critical need for timely assistance for the biggest moves we have made since the relocation from Isabella to Finland. Changing our facility designs of the 80s to meet today’s needs is happening. Progress towards funding this $9.4 million series of projects is already at $5.4 million.
Wolf Ridge has a relatively small board but our 14 volunteer members have committed over $750,000 to this effort. Many organizations are recognizing the importance of collaborating with us. Some examples include Margaret A. Cargill Foundation at $2.5 million, Donald Weesner Charitable Trust at $500,000, and Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation at $250,000.
Companies and individuals make up the rest raised so far. Any gift is appreciated. Our smallest is $30. You too can be a philanthropist.
We are gathering on Wednesday, December 7, at Fulton Brewery to discuss how to involve more constituents. Wolf Ridge is reaching out to all constituents for assistance. Whether you are a past board member, lifetime member, naturalist alumni, camper alumni, or relative of anyone whose experienced Wolf Ridge, we want to hear from you.