Hands of the Future, Inc.
Who we are:
We are a group of individuals dedicated to sharing our love of nature with future generations.
What we do:
We teach children of today to actively engage the natural world. We encourage them to appreciate the beauty and wonder around them. We hope this will ignite in them a passion for all learning so that they may become the best person they can be. We believe every child, regardless of race, religion or economic background, deserves the same opportunities to participate in the benefits of nature to their well-being.
We provide both structured learning opportunities and unstructured activities. Our structured learning opportunities are based on proven and successful nature programs, K to eighth grade. The unstructured activities will be designed to utilize features of the land and created habitats so that the children may learn about nature through exploration and discovery of the natural world. Together, both structured and unstructured activities reinforce one another and compliment area education programs.
We want them to:
- Have adventures!
- Be part of a community!
It is our hope that they may become the environmental leaders of tomorrow!
To Dream of a Children's Forest...
We would like to develop a Children's Forest for our area children. You may wonder why we need this, we have parks. According to Tai, Haque, McLellan and Knight in their book Designing Outdoor Environments for Children, "Simply "green" is not good enough when it comes to design for children. .... in general, these spaces must be child-centered and memorable, inviting repeat visits, and thus increasing the likelihood of making a lasting impact on a child's memory and development." Please check out our new tab - A Children's Forest. We hope you will join us in this dream.
Reaching children through our programs...
We are also accepting donations to continue to fund our children's nature programs. This year we were fortunate enough to receive a generous donation from the Roy Whistler Foundation. It has been an immense help in allowing us to expand the age groups of children by double. We are currently collecting donations for this year's programs, including our new program - Living Schoolyards. We want to keep reaching out to the children and we want to keep it FREE to them.
Please be sure and check out our Wish List. These are items that people can collect and donate. This helps us keep costs down and allows the children to repurpose items during craft time or as part of our lessons. Thank you!
We want to send out a special thank you to the Roy Whistler Foundation for their continued support of our programs!!!
Sycamore Audubon Society
Roy Whistler Foundation
Indiana Native Plants and Wildflower Society (INPAWS)
We want to thank all our sponsors... Because without their support, we couldn't do the neat things we do!
Government & Schools
West Lafayette Parks Department
Project Learning Tree
Lowe's Home Improvement
Lafayette Community Bank
Fox Hauling & Landscaping
Ruby & Sassy Kollman
Linda & James Eales
Howard Witt & Andrea Mayfield