CRADLE OF FORESTRY INTERPRETIVE ASSOCIATION

Forest | Inspired |Nature | Discovery

aka FIND Outdoors   |   Pisgah Forest, NC   |  www.gofindoutdoors.org

Mission

To promote educational, recreational and interpretive opportunities about forest and water resources, natural history and the Cradle of Forestry in America

Ruling year info

1972

President/CEO

Natalie Britt

Main address

49 Pisgah Hwy Ste 4

Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 USA

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EIN

56-1302500

NTEE code info

Forest Conservation (C36)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The CFAIA is one of the longest-running local nonprofit in Transylvania County, and has a history of serving the public through conservation education programming, events and the exhibits that adorn the Cradle of Forestry campus. For over 45 years, our mission and vision has been “to promote educational, recreational and interpretive opportunities about forest and water resources, natural history and the Cradle of Forestry”. We accomplish this task by reaching over 10,000 participants each year through Cradle of Forestry programming, regional outreach through The Pisgah Field School, campground programming and visitor center events and programs. Of the 22 sites managed by the CFAIA, educational outreach is conducted on 90% of them, including the headquarters office, and we offer programming in all three states where CFAIA sites are located.

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?

Citizens Science Lab

The Cradle of Forestry Heritage Site is working towards a new interactive experience for students of all ages. Thanks to a grant from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, we’ll be updating our exhibit hall to include a Citizen Science Lab to introduce younger minds to science-based concepts, forest management techniques and regional scientific research. But that’s just the beginning! Contributions and Grants provide critical support to the Cradle’s mission of conservation education for everyone by providing funding for future exhibit updates as well.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

To increase and provide more opportunities for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to have access to public lands.

With growing technology, gadgets and screens to compete with, students resort to the same level of ease to acquire their information when learning. The CFAIA is working to provide practical hands-on applications of scientific methods of discovery to open up the forest in a way that most visitors haven’t experienced. We are working to include water resources and watershed information for the southern Appalachians, a concept that is so important for species such as the hellbender salamander, the largest in North America. We are working to strengthen the relationship that students and visitors can make and sustain with Pisgah National Forest and all public lands in the United States.

The CFAIA has been a successful non-profit for 47 years. We take pride in adherence to non-profit best practices, updating and monitoring internal controls and focusing on transparency. We continue to access our measurable outcomes, goals and are strive to provide innovative programming.

The CFAIA provides access to 22 recreational sites with over 800,000 visitors annually and offers over 150 educational programs(most of which are free).

Financials

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Operations

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CRADLE OF FORESTRY INTERPRETIVE ASSOCIATION

Board of directors
as of 2/2/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Harry Fogel

Eric Caldwell

Larry Wolter

Chad Leatherwood

Catherine Gain

Susan Moore

Larry Ascher

Wendell Godfrey

Mark Gibbs

Jennifer Grantham

Patrick Hiesl

Clemson University

Amy Kinsella

Holmes State Recreational Forest

Board leadership practices

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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 ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • 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 02/02/2021

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Leadership

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