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Financial Year 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 29,000 individuals attending programs and visitors enjoying the beauty of the preserve during the fiscal year ended June 30, 2021. The organization:
- Conducted 36 school field trips/school outreach/organized group programs. These programs served a total of 455 students and Scouts who were provided with hands-on experience in nature.
- Conducted 179 public programs and events for children, adults and miscellaneous groups at the nature center. These programs served 4,800 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 4,013 hours in support of TNS programs, activities and initiatives. Comprising 98% of our workforce, 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.
- In partnership with the City of Troy, the Society along with its friends and supporters reached its financial goal of $145,000 to complete construction of a Raptor House. In June 2021, a dedication of the new enclosure for the five rehabilitated owls adopted in 2018 by the Society was held. The enclosure is home to these magnificent birds of prey and for any future raptors not able to survive for themselves in the wild. The public can view the owls in their permanent home daily from dawn to dusk.