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2013 Annual Report


Amanda Smith, President Dawn Wilcox, V.P. Dave Mitchell, Treasurer Ginny Gates, Secretary Beth Klein Caroline Bajsarowicz Dawn Berube Jen Aist Lia Keller Meghan Kelly Robyn McGhee Annie Palagyi

Board meetings occur every 1st Tuesday of the month at 5:00pm at the Campbell Creek Science Center. General public welcome.

Friends, We have done it again- ensured that thousands of Alaskan children and families got to experience another great year of learning and exploring science and nature on the Campbell Tract with the staff of the Campbell Creek Science Center. Last year we were saddened and reminded of the value of the CCSC when it closed during the government "shut-down." As a federally operated center, staff was unable work and do what they do best--teach hands on science and students were not able to come on field trips to learn about moose habitat or explore animal tracks. The government shutdown was a great reminder that the Campbell Creek Science Center needs diversified support to ensure programs and activities continue in the absence of federal dollars. Although the temporary closing of the Science Center was difficult, we were able to maintain and sustain programs with the savings from our Friends who contributed over $245, 854 worth of volunteer hours. In our effort to be good fiscal stewards, the Friends board of directors diversified the savings accounts so that in addition to our endowment, operating account, and savings account, we have an investment account with MorganStanley which will earn higher interest on our savings. Month after month we review income and expenditures to keep the organization in good financial standing. We want our funds...your funds, to support hands-on science education now and into the future. We want more volunteers, more friends, and more outdoor experiences for Alaskans to appreciate what we have just outside our backdoors. Sincerely, We look forward to sharing more good news for 2014. Sincerely, Amanda B. Smith, Board President

 2,750 Scholarships Awarded

886 Educational programs delivered

186 Rental/Program Groups

$245,854 Volunteer contributed labor

 $27,500 Allocated for student scholarships $6,000


Provided for bus transportation for underserved youth


on-site visitors

4,809 reached via rural outreach efforts

$8,136 Contributed for special events

41,754 People served by the Campbell Creek Science Center



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students from Kincaid Elementary collected forestry data for the FORVIS database.

217 Fifth graders learned all about energy during the Get Energized program.


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economically disadvantaged students and their families were involved with the Kid Explorer Program.

350 Title I students & their parents participated in one of five Super Saturdays in partnership with the Anchorage School District.

832 fourth graders from 17 different schools learned how to promote healthy waterways during Water Discovery Days – a 3 day outdoor education event.

1,509 sixth graders & 290 school teachers attended Outdoor Week where they participated in outdoor stations including gold panning, bear aware, fly tying and many more.

25,000 Children & parents participated in approximately 600 custom-designed school programs for the Hands on the Land Program. Teachers can choose from 25 standard programs or work with CCSC staff to design a program to suit their individual needs. Topics include animal tracking, outdoor survival, creek studies, minerals/geology and many more.

 Foundations/Corporate Sponsors Cottonwood $30,000 + Spruce $10,000 - $29,999 Anglo American US (Pebble) LLC BP Birch $5,000 - $9,999 ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. Aspen $2,500 - $4,999 Municipal Light & Power Mountain Ash $1,000 - $2,499 BP America Inc. The Carr Foundation, Inc. Willow $500 - $999 Alder Up to $499 BP Foundation, Inc. Construction Machinery Industrial, LLC Public Lands Foundation

 Brien & Lena Reep Gary & Lai Ming Reimer Individuals donated through direct contribuVirginia Rusch & Ira Perman tions, Alaska Community Share, Combined Beverly Short & Joel Schmutz Federal Campaign, Network for Good, and David & Cynthia Schraer Employee Matching Programs (Rasmuson FounCarl & Pixie Siebe dation, Wells Fargo, and the BP Fabric of Christine Silva America Fund). Amanda Smith James Somerville Watermelon Berry $1501 + Ruth & Mark St. Amour Joette Storm (In memory of Emma Lu Walton PhD) Crowberry $501 - $1,500 Joette Storm Margery Emde Lori Verbrugge Jim & Emma Walton Bearberry $251 - $500 Sharon Warren Beth Baker Dawn Wilcox Jeff & Christine Brune Larissa Wright-Elson Jana & Oscar Lage

Individual/Nonprofit Donors

Salmonberry $51 - $250

Anonymous (13) – Anchorage School District Campaign Anonymous (13) -- Combined Federal Campaign Anonymous (2) – State of Alaska Share Campaign Jen Aist Caroline Bajsarowicz-Borg Kyle Bellnap Karen Biggs Robert Blankenburg Tara Browning Bethany Buchanan Barbara Bundy & Jonas Walker Judy Caminer John & Andrea Dittrich Diana and David Evans Caroline Field George and Mary Jill Gates Virginia Gates Julie Ginder Libby Hatton (In honor of Susan Olsen) Highland Hills Middle School (Indiana) – Mrs. Gasaway’s Class Gabrielle & Kirk Hoessle Linda Jordan Meghan Kelly Kim Kiml James & Erin Kirkland & Family Beth Klein Alice Knapp Shelley Lipman James and Dianne Mahaffey David McCargo Robyn McGhee Stephen McKeever David Mitchell Phillip & Jennifer Neuberger Mathew Olson Idamarie & Leroy Piccard

Bunchberry $25 - $50 Anonymous (5) David S. Alexander Thomas Amodio & Debra Fitzgerald Nancy Bain Andrea Bateman Dawn Berube Caroline Bolar Doreen Brown Judith Campbell Bryan Carey & Bronwen Wang Mark & Judith Crampton Cinnamon Dockham Scott Fahrney Jennifer Gates Kendall Goggins Judith Green Libby Hatton Michael Henrich Carla Hollingsworth Rachel & Cameron Hubbard Brian Janson Patricia Joyner Matt Kays Jaime Kragt Tom Lohman Catherine McQuigg Elaine Mueller Yoko Ninoyu Martin Pigg Maxine Rader Michael Rehberg & Donna Mears Benjamin Richardson Paul Sandhofer Drew & Annie Shannon Lori Shough James Somerville Donald & Jackie Sparrow Jane Thomas Sharon Wilson

Strawberry $1-$24 Anonymous (1) – University of Alaska Campaign John & Rachel Botson James & Mary Durand Kelly Foreman Jennifer Gates Jessica Houser Tori McCarty Rachel Muir Annabel Nystuen Mark Sabata Lee Saunders

In Kind Contributors Shooting Star $1,501 + Bob Armstrong

Starflower $1,001 - $1,500 Chocolate Lily $501 - $1,000 Iris $251 - $500 Bird Treatment and Learning Center Great Harvest Bread Company Moose’s Tooth & Bear Tooth Sis’s Café and Catering

Buttercup $51 - $250 Alaska Geographic Alaska Sea Life Center Eagle River Nature Center House of Bread Recreational Equipment, Inc. Walmart Caroline Bajsarowicz-Borg Jeff Brune Beth Klein Dawn Wilcox

Fireweed $15 - $50 Alaska Mill & Feed Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop Kaladi Brothers Coffee Co. Jen Aist Jim Lowe David Mitchell Betsi Oliver

But don’t just take our word for it

From the kids

From the teachers “Patient and positive, even when children were very active. Very safety oriented yet gave students freedom where possible.” --Campbell Elementary, Soils Program

“This was my favorite field trip so far this year. I never even knew this science center was back here, but now that I know we will be back often!” --Raven Elementary (Challenge Course/Teambuilding

“Awesome job engaging and adapting program for students/campers. Very friendly and helpful throughout the program.” --Alpine Alternatives (Special Education program)

Get Energized •Take it Outside Program •Remote/Rural Edu-

cation Program • Water Discovery Days • National Trails Day • Outdoor Week • Super Saturdays • Kid Explorer Program • Hands on the Land Program • Fireside Chats • Early Morning Bird Walks • Annual Butterfly Count • Midsummer Night Science Series • Iditarod Ceremonial Start • National Public Lands Day • Campbell Creek Monitoring • Bear Safety Training • Summer Youth Internship Program

Imagine walking nature trails; seeing animals in the wild; feeling the excitement while snowshoeing; All for the first time. Thousands of kids experience firsts at the Campbell Creek Science Center.

Give the Gift of a First Experience to an underprivileged child by donating to the CCSC.

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Friends of Campbell Creek Science Center- 2013 Annual Report