Imagine summer break without parks, waterways and other green spaces. Welcome to an all-too-typical reality for children when school gets out. Bored, uninspired, dormant.
In 2017, Barancik Foundation dreamed big to bridge the gap for low-income students interested in science to organizations with access to Sarasota’s best outdoor experiences. Project Nature Bridge was born.
In partnership with Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Mote Marine Laboratory and Asolo Repertory Theatre, a summer initiative was established for members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, Girls Inc., and Laurel Civic Association to explore outdoor learning, natural wonders, and their relationship to the environment.
Designed to immerse kids in environmental education, two dozen of sixth and seventh graders participated in nature reflection, conservation, and environmental learning opportunities.
Like nature, the initiative continues to bloom and adapt to its environment. Barancik Foundation continues to support youth-serving staff in developing curriculum, beyond the summer field trips, that they can use at their facilities throughout the school year.
Through our partnership with the Museum of Science and Industry of Chicago, preeminent trainers in their field will instruct local youth science educators on trends and best practices across the country to engage youth in environmental learning opportunities and conservation all year round.