Woolman at Sierra Friends Center

A place for peace, justice, and sustainability

aka Sierra Friends Center, Woolman Outdoor School, Camp Woolman   |   Nevada City, CA   |  https://woolman.org/

Mission

The mission of College Park Friends Educational Association is to steward diverse learning communities and educational programs which weave together spirituality, peace, sustainability, and social action.

Ruling year info

1960

Director

Ms. Marty Coleman-Hunt

Main address

13075 Woolman Lane

Nevada City, CA 95959 USA

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Formerly known as

John Woolman School

Woolman Semester School

EIN

94-1507823

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Recreational and Sporting Camps (Day, Overnight, etc.) (N20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Sierra Friends Center addresses the need for diverse learning communities and educational programs that weave together spirituality, peace, sustainability, and social action. Our programs reflect our vision of peace and justice through learning and service for people of all ages—children, youth, adults and families.

Our programs

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

Camp Woolman and Teen Leadership Camp

Located in the beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills near the wild and scenic Yuba River and Tahoe National Forest, Camp Woolman is a place where every day is an adventure!
Campers come here to backpack, make new friends, visit beautiful places, learn about nature, be their true selves, and have a blast! Kids come back year after year but each summer we have lots of new faces as well. Our counselors are fun, friendly, and here to make sure you have a fantastic time. Here you will spend your days playing games, singing, making art, being silly, learning about peace, nature, the garden, and so much more! In addition, campers enjoy delicious and healthy vegetarian food from our wonderful kitchen!
You also get to go on trips! Trips are a highlight for many campers and are a chance to experience the outdoors in a safe, fun, and exciting way!
Other special events at camp include Talent Show Night, Jugs (the #1 Camp Woolman game of all time!), Barbeques at Mel's Pond, and Tie-dying! It doesn't matter who you are at school or where you are from, at camp the only person you have to impress is yourself!
Here at Camp Woolman, we strive to create an inclusive and welcoming environment. We are continuing to work to insure that our registration process is more gender-friendly - stay tuned for more updates!. We welcome any and all people to talk with us about their needs or concerns. Historically, we have welcomed LGBTQ people into our younger camp, teen camp, and among our CITs and staff.
Camp Woolman creates a genuine space for children to find their voice and be totally themselves. We know what a difference it makes to have campers from diverse backgrounds join together at camp. Seeing children from different backgrounds living, learning, and playing together at camp is inspiring and reason enough for us to know how deeply important it is for Camp Woolman to truly be for everyone. In order to give all children an opportunity to experience camp, we have developed a robust camp scholarship program which allows economically disadvantaged families to send their kids to camp.
Teen Leadership Camp programs take the Summer Camp experience to a whole new level for 15, 16 and 17 year olds. Teen Leadership Camp Offers:
Incredible trips to locations throughout Tahoe National Forest including Grouse Ridge, Castle Peak and the Yuba River. Teens enjoy an expanded opportunity to take on longer and more challenging expeditions, engage in communal art, music and dancing, explore new levels of outdoor self reliance, and participate in impacting stewardship projects.
Skill Building like trip planning, leadership, trail cooking, native plant identification, permaculture, primitive skills, survival skills and even time for solo wilderness reflection.
Leadership opportunities for working with the younger campers, peer leadership in formats such as teambuilding and problem solving, and even the opportunity to participate in service that will leave a lasting imprint on the community and the environment.
Place-based education will give you fascinating insights about the natural world you call home. Explore the depth of yourself as a sensitive, unique and dynamic human being in a constantly transitioning world. ALL learning is outside the box, and you are not just the learner---you are the teacher too. This is the chance to really explore the depths of your capacity to share the things that you feel are significant in an interactive process of self discovery and environmental exploration.
Personal achievements combine good work with interesting learning and great fun. The pursuit of goal designed by your own interests drive the experience. You will be supported to grow exactly the way you wish, with challenges fit to your unique heart and mind.
Amazing friendships that last and open brand new doors. Our campers return season after season and share their stories with us about the connections made at camp and the deep significance many of them grew to represent along timelines of many years. It cannot be overstated how meaningful it is to stay in touch with those who were close to you when you experienced your most signficant and impacting life events.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adolescents

The mission of the Woolman Outdoor School at Sierra Friends Center is to steward learning communities and groups to enhance and deepen their connection with the natural world.
The outdoor school curriculum is aligned with the California State Science Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to support teachers in meeting their educational goals. We partner with naturalists at Sierra Streams Institute to offer engaging, hands on activities that integrate environmental science with a powerful connection to the natural world. Our program engages students through hands-on and place-based learning while promoting critical thinking and creative problem solving. Evening programs include campfires, skits, night hikes, and astronomy.
In addition to academics, the Outdoor School provides a unique learning environment where students gain important social skills, responsibility, independence, and confidence. Students take part in garden harvests, meal preparation, and clean ups, giving them an active role in providing for their community.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adolescents

The Camp Woolman vision is to work, teach, live and play within the values of peace, social justice and sustainability. We welcome, support and honor the unique gift that is the heart and mind of each human. Our staff facilitate, inspire and ignite the growth and development every soul.

As a Friends camp, true to Quaker principle, we welcome people of all backgrounds. We are a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and believe strongly in the importance of keeping our rates affordable for everyone. As such, we offer work-trades and financial aid for anyone who may need assistance in providing this enriching experience for their children.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

We envision a world where people can impact their communities, their political systems, and their world through the use of nonviolent methods. We provide meaningful and collaborative learning experiences that will enable individuals to design, implement, and build coalitions leading to nonviolent direct action.

We offer a nine-month online course for teens and adults that taught by former Woolman faculty, and other leaders in the field.

The course will begin and end with an on-site retreat at the Woolman/SFC campus.
The course will be made available through an online course management system (CMS) and be divided into different subject areas to ensure the overarching course objectives are met.
The curriculum will include the theoretical underpinnings of nonviolence leaders including: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (RESEARCH FOR ADDITIONAL LEADERS NEEDED), while also providing coaching and support for designing and implementing nonviolent direct action campaigns.
Participants who complete the course will be given access to an Activist Database to pair participants with activists already working in the area of they want most to impact.

Population(s) Served
Activists
Young adults

Where we work

Our results

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Average number of dollars received per donor

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

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Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollars received in contributions

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Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

As an organization, we have 5 main goals:
1. Offer meaningful programs that encourage the values of honesty, self-reliance, personal responsibility, and respect that are truly needed in the world today.
2. Build and provide the opportunity to live cooperatively in an intentional Quaker community.
3. Adapt and modernize our campus while protecting the land and focusing on conservation and environmental education.
4. Grow and strengthen our organization through increased staff and volunteer opportunities .
5. Expand the ways our programs and campus itself are supported to ensure each undertaking is financial sustainable over time.

Woolman is offering and building programs that connect schools, teachers, families, and children to nature-based education.

We are staffed specifically to address the needs found in environmental education, community buildings, instructional design, and curriculum development.

We have established programs with several schools and environmental education groups. Our next steps are to grow and expand our curriculum based on their needs.

Financials

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Woolman at Sierra Friends Center

Board of directors
as of 2/26/2021
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Board chair

Sandra Schwartz

Sarah Tyrrell

Cisco

Dan Shoemaker

Butte College

Pat Phillips

Retired

Phyllis Jewell

Attorney

Heidi Pidcoke

Therapist