Cypress Cove Landkeepers, Inc

NAPLES, FL   |  https://www.cclandkeepers.com

Mission

Our mission is to conserve critical habitats for threatened and endangered species and to utilize these wild spaces for environmental education and nature-inspired experiences.

Ruling year info

2015

President of Board

Shane Duff

Vice President Board of Directors

Jennifer Reid

Main address

PO Box 110308

NAPLES, FL 34108 USA

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EIN

47-4820620

NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Citizen Participation (W24)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Southwest Florida is diminishing the land preserved for wildlife including many endangered species such as the Florida Panther. It is CCL's goal to acquire and conserve wildlands to protect against the urbanization of the remaining wild Florida lands.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Gore Nature Education Center

The Gore Nature Education Center (Center) is a unique property of ten acres with an Olde Florida stilted-Cracker home that offers a rich opportunity to provide nature experiences for all age groups. Many groups with an interest in nature activity, including homeschoolers, scouts along with local schools and colleges, have encouraged us to launch a series of programs that utilize the 10-acre preserve as an outdoor classroom. We have developed partnerships with several local agencies such as Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW), Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in order to provide meaningful programming to the community.

Along with the 10 acres of the Center, a contiguous conservation area of nearly 170 acres purchased by Collier County (as part of the Conservation Collier program) extends the potential for programming with the Center through a broader array of trails and experiences.
The programs will be offered to young people (ages 5 thru 21) from the community. Our program segments will cover a wide range of topics related to the environment and nature. Classes will be inspired by the unique seasonal offerings available on the property. Ideally, we hope to inspire the next generation of conservationists--with special efforts made to reach underserved youth in our community. A cadre of volunteer educators from STEM programs throughout the community will be providing programming.

A key measure for short-term goals for this start-up program will be evaluating how successful the activities are for increasing the participants’ overall perception of improved connection with nature. This will be accomplished through a short, targeted survey that may for some ages be administered verbally vs. a written survey. Scout badges will be earned in several categories. Feedback from scout leaders will be collected for monitoring subsequent behavioral or attitudinal changes regarding environmental stewardship they may observe with the youths following an activity intervention.
Long term goals are:
• Encouraging further participation from more community members.
• Having school field trips and internship opportunities.
• Raising funds for scholarships to help provide these important skill-building courses to all.
• Being recognized as a leader in nature education in the area as well as within highly regarded like-minded associations as identified above.
• Being recognized as a valuable community resource and trusted partner for environmental concerns and knowledge-sharing.

























































































































































































































































































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Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth
Adults
People of Latin American descent

Where we work

Accreditations

Blue Zones Project Accreditation 2018

Affiliations & memberships

Land Trust Alliance Member 2021

National Wildlife Federation 2021

Florida Native Plant Society 2019

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students enrolled in service-learning courses

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults

Related Program

Gore Nature Education Center

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Statewide universities utilize our site for students to achieve service learning credits.

Number of students educated through field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Academics, Children and youth, People of Latin American descent, Families, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Gore Nature Education Center

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is a new service to be offered in 2022. Groups currently developing plans are The Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Collier County School District, Boys and Girls Club of Collier County

Hectares of land that are (or are in the process of being) organically certified as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Family relationships, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Academics

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The goal of Cypress Cove Landkeepers is to protect critical land areas. Acquiring additional wildlands is key to our long-term success.

Number of youth who demonstrate critical thinking skills (e.g., reasoning, analysis)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Young adults

Related Program

Gore Nature Education Center

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Programming has been developed for utilizing STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) within the courses.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Cypress Cove Landkeepers key goal is to protect critical lands that provide endangered wildlife a corridor and roaming space. To meet a long-term objective of having an informed community, CCL will replenish native habitats and provide education that will inspire future Landkeepers.

Cypress Cove Landkeepers initiatives to support Sustainable Development Goals are:
* Acquire wildlands with ecological value for water quality, wildlife corridors, endangered or imperiled native plants, to conserve for the future.
* Collaborate with partners such as the University of Florida Extension for multiple programs both for healthy eating as well as preserving native Florida. Florida Fish and Wildlife for providing a safe environment for wildlife.
*Provide education through our partnerships with the Boys and Girl Scout associations in the area as well as with the school systems.
* Support and conduct research on the wildlands to gain knowledge in how better to preserve this unique land.

CCL is fortunate to have a very engaged, volunteer board.  Its growing recognition among donors who are environmentally committed has just begun to great success.  The organization is looking forward to continued partnerships with the county, as well as state departments involved in environmental issues and preservation.

CCL has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Conservation Collier to integrate trails of the 10-acre site of the Gore Nature Education Center with the 170 acres purchased by Conservation Collier. This will provide access to Florida wetlands, hardwood hammocks, and Pine uplands habitats.

CCL is collaborating with the University of Florida’s Family Nutrition Program (FNP) organized through their Institute for Food and Agriculture Studies to serve as a host for their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed). The goal of FNP is to reduce the risk of chronic disease, health complications, and foodborne illness and to increase food security among Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program eligible Florida residents by providing practical programming about making healthful food choices and balancing food and physical activity. The recent renovation of the center to create a demonstration kitchen supports this initiative.

Arthrex has enabled the Center to offer educational programs that can be supported with technology such as microscopes, TVs, and computers due to grant funding.
The Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida recently worked with CCL to create a new Landkeepers Badge that scouts can earn by completing our outlined curriculum. The Collier County School System has selected the GNEC as a destination for science field trips for students in all grade levels.

An ADA-accessible outdoor bathroom is in the process of being built so that the Center can accommodate those with physical disabilities. An accessible boardwalk takes visitors to a large deck where events will be held.

Two pollinator gardens containing native plants from this geographical area is underway with funding from the Naples Garden Club and other in-kind donors.

Invasive plants such as the Brazilian pepper tree and air potato vine are being removed mechanically to avoid any pollution to the surficial aquifer the Center rests on.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Cypress Cove Landkeepers, Inc

Board of directors
as of 6/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Shane Duff


Board co-chair

Jennifer Reid

Retired

Term: 2019 - 2022

Bobbie Lee Davenport

Founder/Director Bobbie Lee is a well-known environmental activist in South West Florida with a long history of speaking out about wildlife and wild lands.

Susan Flowers

Susan is a retired middle school teacher with a passion for community projects. She was actively involved in her hometown, Richmond, VA for 40 years in the following organizations: Boxwood Garden Club

Shane Duff

Shane started his first company at 17 years old and has since led and helped build companies in multiple industries, from automotive repair and restoration to natural wellness spas.

Jennifer Reid

Jennifer joins the board of Cypress Cove Conservancy after founding and serving for 16 years as co-chair of Lyme Connection, a non-profit organization based in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

Arlene Cluff

-Arlene is a retired registered nurse who has advocated preservation and conservation for the past 40 years in her hometown of Mendon, NY.

Vera Jaye

Vera is an accomplished businesswoman, owning and operating Jaye Design, an award winning high-end residential design firm in Naples, Florida. She holds a Masters of Arts degree in the humanities, a certification in Interior Architecture and Interior Design from the University of Berkeley.

Kathy Reno

Dr. Kathy Reno joined the Cypress Cove Landkeepers, Inc. board in 2020. Prior to joining the board, she served as Development Committee Chair, Grant Coordinator and Golf Event Organizer.

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/7/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability