Annual Appeal 2020
At Briar Bush, we teach about relationships in nature, but many of you know that Briar Bush is a place to form connections between people in our community. The bonds that develop here at Briar Bush happen between campers, senior citizens, children, and staff. They often grow over time and across generations, creating lasting memories. They touch the hearts of our dedicated educators and families.
One family’s story, from our Magic Mornings program for preschoolers and their caregivers, perfectly illustrates some Briar Bush connections. Patricia Deane, a Magic Mornings “Nana,” shared it with us:
My first introduction to Briar Bush turned into 8 consecutive years… I felt so connected to nature and valued its importance in my life. I wanted my grandkids to have hands-on exposure to nature... So, I began bringing my grandchildren for a fun-filled morning once a week to a program they still hold dear to their hearts.
Ms. Heidi’s engaging personality, incredible compassion, vast knowledge, and enthusiasm is thoroughly contagious… she took us from Olympic races with hissing cockroaches, snake slithering games, tadpole fishing, searching for insects … to popping the seeds of jewelweed… just to mention a few things!
Patricia shared her grandchildren’s favorite experiences and memories providing perspectives from their generation:
Hayden’s favorite memory is learning “how clouds soaked up water.” She also “loved doing the nature walks to see all the animals.”
Jack began attending at four months old, and even then he seemed to enjoy being outdoors, at times bundled up in a snowsuit and blanket on those winter walks with all the kids.
Jace says, “I like going on hikes. Ms. Heidi is nice and makes good games for us. I like the skunk Abby, she lost her stink.”
Brynn says, “I like meeting all the animals and Ms. Heidi.”
Cosette, who attended Magic Mornings while visiting from Colorado, remembers “petting the snake and chinchilla.”
Patricia’s daughters, Jaimie, Jackie, and Chanin, found time in their busy schedules to join the class on occasion. They expressed that they found value in their children spending time with friends while having fun learning about nature.
Patricia ended her beautiful tribute with these kind words:
I can’t express enough how grateful I am that Briar Bush has afforded me the opportunity to build lasting memories with my grandchildren through exploring, discovering, and developing a love and appreciation of nature.
Patricia’s story represents everything that the Friends of Briar Bush strives for. We hope to continue creating memories that strengthen the relationship between nature and families for years to come.
Please consider contributing to our efforts with a donation to our Annual Appeal. With your generosity, Briar Bush will be able to engage more families on our trails, in a classroom, or at a senior center; it will provide us with the opportunity to broaden our programming and care for our animal ambassadors that are inspirations in themselves. Remember, this is a gift above and beyond your membership, and it is much appreciated.
Manager of Business and Development