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FY 2020 Accomplishments
The Society has seen tremendous growth across all program areas and performed diligently in financial stewardship since its founding in 2011. Though forced to discontinue programming for nearly four months during the pandemic, the Society still served more than 23,400 individuals attending programs and visitors enjoying the beauty of the preserve. During the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020, the organization:
- Conducted 59 school field trips/school outreach/organized group programs. These programs served a total of 3,415 students and Scouts who were provided with hands-on experience in nature.
- Conducted 189 public programs and events for children, adults and miscellaneous groups at the nature center. These programs served 4,885 individuals (ages two years old through senior adult) with age-appropriate programs and activities designed to enhance learning in a natural environment.
- Maintained a dedicated corps of 225 individuals who volunteered an amazing 3,467 hours in support of TNS programs, activities and initiatives. Comprising 98% of our work force, these devoted volunteers donated time and effort to help with such activities as: educational program assistance; trail maintenance and clean-up projects; the annual Maple Syrup event; fundraising events, blue bird monitoring; front desk reception and administrative support.
- Met its fundraising goal for the cost to construct a permanent residence for the five rehabilitated owls adopted in 2018. In partnership with the City of Troy, the Society along with its friends and supporters reached its financial goal of $145,000 for the new structure. In October 2020 a groundbreaking ceremony for the owl enclosure was held. A dedication ceremony for the new structure will take place in the spring of 2021.