Schoolhouse of Wonder

Mission

Schoolhouse of Wonder creates kind, curious, and confident kids through nature-based outdoor adventures.

Values:
* We model and teach self awareness and empathy
* We celebrate individuality; Different is just different
* Everyone deserves to be witnessed, heard, and respected
* In nature, we're all students
* Life should be filled with adventures and a sense of wonder
* We send every kid home dirty, tired, and happy

Notes from the nonprofit

In the 4th quarter of 2013 we began the significant task of developing an organization wide evaluation process that targets both the short- and long-term impacts of our work. We look forward to sharing preliminary results in 2014.

Ruling year info

1991

Executive Director

Ms. Wendy Tonker

Main address

5101-B North Roxboro Street

Durham, NC 27704 USA

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Formerly known as

Piedmont Bioregional Institute

EIN

56-1670472

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

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Nature-based, outdoor day camps

Our award-winning day camps promote and celebrate individuality while nurturing strong communities. Parents discover the peace of mind that comes from knowing their child is exploring the outdoors in the company of adults they trust.

A Camp for Every Season:

* Spring, Fall, and Winter School Break and Intersession Camps offer a fun and productive recharge when school is out (ages 5-12).

*Discovery Day Camps provide one-day excursions on most holidays, teacher work days, and parent-teacher conference days (ages 5-12).

*Summer Camps allow children a sense of freedom and adventure in a safe and nurturing environment (ages 5-7 and 8-12).


Population(s) Served

Teachers have an incredibly important and challenging job. We're here to help. Our field trips align with the North Carolina Essential Standards and inspire students' desire to learn more. Teachers return year after year because they know hands-on, outdoor learning is an effective complement to classroom lessons.

Field Trips Classes:

* Ecosystems and Living Organisms - examine how plants, animals, and insects relate in a complex ecosystem.

* Eno Plant Walk - Investigate plant growth, structures, and the influence pf plants on our past and present.

* Insect Adventures - Explore the incredible diversity of insect life.

* Native Ways - Explore the day-to-day living of the Native Americans of this area through games and interactive demonstrations.

* Early American Life - Discover the lifestyle of the Piedmont pioneers by experiencing the cooking, medicine, work, and play of the settlers.

Population(s) Served

Children of all ages need a place to play, learn, and grow toward being their best selves. Our Counselor-in-Training Leadership Program helps teenagers discover and pursue their own unique path with confidence.

Essential Skill Building:

* Intensive training including the creation of personal development plans and full immersion in the Schoolhouse method of mentoring.

* Structured opportunities to build essential leadership skills.

* Ongoing check-ins that give individualized, real-time feedback.

* Weekly coaching and written evaluations to assess progress and opportunities for growth.

The Schoolhouse Method of Mentoring:

* Kindness - Earn respect by offering it. Earn trust through consistent patience and understanding.

* Curiosity - Every person, every experience, every moment has something to teach if you are willing to learn.

* Confidence - Be honest with yourself, and engage others with integrity. Balance pride and humility to build strong character.

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Awards

Best Summer Camp Finalist 2012

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Financials

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Schoolhouse of Wonder

Board of directors
as of 4/26/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Andrea Mastrobuono

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Term: Jan 2010 - Dec 2016

Andrea Mastrobuono Vice Chairperson and Treasurer

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Amber Harris Secretary

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Sara Seten Berhausen

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Gretchen Gehrke

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Bonnie Hacker

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Kay Jowers

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Joe Kahn

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Patricia McAdams

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Jill Ullman

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