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NatureBridge

Sausalito, CA   |  https://naturebridge.org/
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NatureBridge

EIN: 94-2145930


Mission

NatureBridge connects young people to the wonder and science of the natural world, igniting self-discovery and inspiring stewardship of our planet. Our Vision: We envision a society transformed by new generations that understand, celebrate and protect the natural world.

Notes from the nonprofit

NatureBridge connects young people to the wonder and science of the natural world, igniting self-discovery and inspiring stewardship of our planet. Pre-pandemic, our overnight, experiential environmental science programs hosted more than 30,000 students each year in our national parks to explore the outdoors, connect with their peers, discover themselves and develop a lasting relationship with the environment. During the pandemic, NatureBridge has served thousands of students in virtual programs, and hosted summer backpacking, family camps and daytime environmental science explorations. Our environmental science programs are inclusive. Access for all to transformational science experiences and diversity of participants and educators are core organizational values. NatureBridge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We rely on generous donations to support our mission, student scholarships, and new curricula development and program extensions into classrooms.

Ruling year info

1997

President & CEO

Mr. Phillip Kilbridge

Main address

1033 Fort Cronkhite

Sausalito, CA 94965 USA

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Formerly known as

Yosemite National Institutes

EIN

94-2145930

Subject area info

Environment

Environmental education

Parks

Population served info

Children and youth

Infants and toddlers

Adolescents

Families

Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

With the world's changing climate, increasing threats to wild places, and declines in science in the classroom and in civic engagement in local communities, NatureBridge's mission to foster environmental literacy to sustain our planet has never been more urgent. Our students are the stewards and leaders of tomorrow; our programs inspire personal connections to the natural world and responsible actions to sustain it. These experiences in the natural world are life changing.

NatureBridge is a leader in the field of environmental education. We collaborate with partners, including leading academic institutions and government agencies such as the National Park Service. Our partnerships in the philanthropic community and with other leading environmental education programs fuel innovation in our programs and in the larger field, elevating environmental education from a nice to have to a necessary component in every child's education.

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?

Environmental Science at NatureBridge

NatureBridge provides outdoor environmental science programs for students in the world's best classrooms—our national parks. Our mission is to connect young people to the wonder and science of the natural world, igniting self-discovery and inspiring stewardship of our planet.

In order to further our mission, NatureBridge is committed to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion and to promoting equal opportunity for students and staff in the field of environmental education.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Inspired by and in memory of former NatureBridge environmental science educator Joie Armstrong, the Armstrong Scholars Program brings together young women, ages 15 to 18, for a truly empowering summer backpacking adventure in the High Sierra.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

This two-week program is a unique opportunity for high school students to learn and grow in Yosemite National Park or Olympic National Park. Students from communities around the globe explore the wonders of the natural world in UNESCO world heritage sites that provide the optimum experience for hand-on-learning in science.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

An innovative partnership program between NatureBridge and the National Park Service, WildLink engages underserved high school students from California in wilderness and public lands. WildLink empowers youth to improve their own lives and their communities through a series of wilderness- and home-based experiences.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people

Surrounded by stunning coastal landscapes, Coastal Camp is a summer day camp in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Campers entering grades K-9 engage their curious minds and boundless energy by exploring and investigating the natural world.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Teen Environmental Education Mentorship program is a skills development and environmental education training program for high school students. Participants learn firsthand about coastal ecology and develop outdoor and teaching skills, learning from NatureBridge educators and teaching elementary school students on NatureBridge programs. Interactive workshops introduce environmental education concepts, teaching strategies and public speaking tools.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people

NatureBridge’s environmental science programs offer students in grades K-12 the opportunity to learn hands-on science in Yosemite National Park, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Olympic National Park and Prince William Forest Park. Our three- to five-day residential outdoor science programs are led by experienced educators and customized to enhance a school’s curriculum.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Educator-led, hands-on, experiential programs designed specifically for preschoolers are offered at our Golden Gate National Recreation Area campus. Programs combine student-centered learning and the natural inquiry process that arises from a young child's inherent curiosity about the natural world. Programs can be a one-time field trip or a monthly visit featuring different themes and activities. We also offer a variety of Family Programs that include hikes and nature programs for the entire family. Family programs are offered at our Olympic National Park and Golden Gate National Recreational Area campuses.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Families

High school students learn to think like scientists as they create their own ecological research project while backpacking in the Yosemite National Park wilderness and in the Olympic National Park.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

NatureBridge invites 3rd to 12th grade students to learn and explore environmental science in our reimagined virtual classroom. Guided by skilled NatureBridge educators, students participate in interactive, synchronous sessions that connect them to national parks and the natural world in their own community.

NatureBridge offers modules that are based on our traditional campus-specific curriculum. Generally, a module consists of three sessions of up to 60 minutes each. Two NatureBridge educators lead each session as presenter and host using a video conference platform such as Zoom. Attending classroom teachers participate as chaperones who observe and assist students as needed. Interactive technology tools may include Prezi, Jamboards, Google Slides, breakout sessions and participant polls.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Total Environmental Science Scholarship Funds Awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Environmental Science at NatureBridge

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

FY data. In Fiscal Year-20 and Fiscal Year-21, programs were impacted by Covid-19. A Distance Learning program was implemented until National Park operations resumed at all campuses in April 2022.

Total Number of Schools Receiving Scholarship for ESCI Programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Environmental Science at NatureBridge

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

FY data. In Fiscal Year-20 and Fiscal Year-21, programs were impacted by Covid-19. A Distance Learning program was implemented until National Park operations resumed at all campuses in April 2022.

Total of Schools Attending NatureBridge Environmental Science Programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Environmental Science at NatureBridge

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

FY data. In Fiscal Year-20 and Fiscal Year-21, programs were impacted by Covid-19. A Distance Learning program was implemented until National Park operations resumed at all campuses in April 2022.

Total Participants for all Programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

FY data. In Fiscal Year-20 and Fiscal Year-21, programs were impacted by Covid-19. A Distance Learning program was implemented until National Park operations resumed at all campuses in April 2022.

Total Youth Participants for all Programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

FY data. In Fiscal Year-20 and Fiscal Year-21, programs were impacted by Covid-19. A Distance Learning program was implemented until National Park operations resumed at all campuses in April 2022.

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.

NatureBridge’s mission is to foster environmental literacy to sustain our planet. Founded in 1971 in Yosemite National Park, NatureBridge is the largest residential environmental education partner of the National Park Service and has educated over one million young people. Annually, NatureBridge reaches more than 30,000 K-12 students and teachers with multi-day programs in four national parks: Yosemite National Park and Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California; Olympic National Park in Washington State; and Prince William Forest Park in Virginia.

Our goal is to provide residential environmental science and community-based education programs that improve overall environmental literacy to a diverse group of participants. To accomplish this, we generate a newfound interest in science, enhance academic skills, inspire a deep and personal connection with nature, and produce the motivation and knowledge needed for students to become conservationists. We provide tuition assistance to underserved schools based on their percentages of students eligible for the federal free and reduced-price meal program.

NatureBridge responds to the urgent need for environmental science literacy by offering multi-day intensive science programs in national parks and providing tuition assistance to under-resourced schools so that students who need it most can reap the educational benefits of our programs. In the environmental science education program, students live in national parks for two to five days, learning through direct observation and experimentation about what they may have previously only read in textbooks. NatureBridge catalyzes excitement about science for students from diverse financial and cultural backgrounds.

Our environmental science education programs are built on NatureBridge's evidence-based Core Educational Framework. This model was created by the organization's Education Advisory Council, which includes representatives from the National Science Foundation, Stanford University, National Geographic, and others.

The Core Educational Framework is built around three themes:

1. Sense of Place: In order to nurture a sense of place, making students comfortable and prepared to learn, students might look for environmental clues to find the cardinal directions, build interactive maps of the state of California using natural objects, or study state or park geography.
2. Interconnections: Using scientific processes, the parks' natural and cultural histories, and students' own experiences, educators work with students to demonstrate the complex connections between all living things, the environment, and human societies. Through the lens of interconnections, an oak tree becomes a food source for humans and wildlife; a home to acorn woodpeckers; a symbol of Yosemite Valley's disappearing meadows; and a small but important piece of the carbon cycle.
3. Stewardship: Educators engage students in educational park stewardship projects, such as removing invasive plant species and monitoring birds and water quality—an instrumental component in helping students realize their ability to positively impact their home environment and community.

Our staff of environmental science educators is at the core of our organization. Working with small groups of elementary, middle, and high school students, our educators bring science to life in national parks through engaging environmental science lessons: walks, hikes, scrambles, explorations, and overnight backcountry expeditions to the best spots in each park. Our educators bring diverse backgrounds to NatureBridge, including advanced degrees in science and education, experience with scientific research, classroom teaching, wilderness expeditionary leadership, outdoor education, and a wide range of other professions. Our educators' strong skills in environmental science and outdoor education, combined with the magnificent settings of our national park campuses, have strong impacts on the students we serve.

NatureBridge welcomes more than 700 schools and 30,000 students and teachers each year to our four campuses. After more than 40 years of teaching and inspiring students, NatureBridge has provided life-changing experiences for more than 1 million participants and is a national leader in the field of environmental education. NatureBridge is widely recognized for excellence, both regionally and nationally. Education staff members are regularly invited as presenters at conferences to share expertise in best practices in environmental education. NatureBridge received the 2009 North American Association for Environmental Education Award for Outstanding Service to Environmental Education by an Organization and the 2010 John Muir Conservation Award. In additional acknowledgement of our leadership role, NatureBridge was invited by federal officials to share our expertise at a White House summit on environmental education and a congressional hearing conducted by the US Senate Subcommittee on National Parks.

As part of a broader plan to increase our reach substantially across the country, NatureBridge has embarked on two campus expansions: Yosemite and Golden Gate. The expansions will allow NatureBridge to expand our impact through outcomes of: increased student numbers; more scholarship funding available; accommodations and programs for visiting scholars and thought leaders; and refreshed, relevant curriculum on climate change and fire ecology.

How we listen

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Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

3.18

Average of 1.97 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

3

Average of 5.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

24%

Average of 27% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

NatureBridge

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $736,393 $349,583 -$375,021 $1,640,804 $447,945
As % of expenses 4.0% 1.9% -2.6% 30.5% 1.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $202,236 -$107,842 -$838,562 $1,216,305 $85,297
As % of expenses 1.1% -0.6% -5.5% 21.0% 0.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $21,334,330 $19,439,441 $15,639,255 $7,780,069 $11,430,799
Total revenue, % change over prior year -15.6% -8.9% -19.5% -50.3% 46.9%
Program services revenue 68.3% 70.8% 57.7% 4.3% 42.3%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.4% 0.7% 0.7% 1.0% 0.9%
Government grants 1.3% 0.7% 0.4% 28.1% 20.1%
All other grants and contributions 27.6% 27.6% 42.5% 66.2% 36.4%
Other revenue 2.3% 0.2% -1.3% 0.3% 0.3%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $18,539,046 $18,408,702 $14,690,184 $5,378,401 $36,148,983
Total expenses, % change over prior year 9.2% -0.7% -20.2% -63.4% 572.1%
Personnel 58.3% 58.8% 62.3% 71.3% 16.8%
Professional fees 2.5% 4.1% 4.8% 4.4% 0.7%
Occupancy 8.3% 7.7% 7.5% 4.5% 1.7%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 10.8% 8.4% 5.3% 2.6% 72.3%
All other expenses 20.1% 21.0% 20.0% 17.2% 8.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $19,073,203 $18,866,127 $15,153,725 $5,802,900 $36,511,631
One month of savings $1,544,921 $1,534,059 $1,224,182 $448,200 $3,012,415
Debt principal payment $0 $967,286 $0 $1,182,271 $1,985,175
Fixed asset additions $4,220,958 $2,089,290 $1,037,227 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $24,839,082 $23,456,762 $17,415,134 $7,433,371 $41,509,221

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 3.6 2.7 7.4 18.2 3.0
Months of cash and investments 5.5 4.8 9.1 23.6 3.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -14.2 -16.0 -22.0 -59.5 -0.4
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $5,553,510 $4,155,320 $9,118,551 $8,142,421 $9,020,846
Investments $2,934,135 $3,141,176 $1,960,337 $2,413,982 $2,082,625
Receivables $6,177,408 $5,249,248 $2,820,171 $2,268,202 $1,476,429
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $35,995,010 $37,985,800 $38,807,419 $38,574,928 $13,307,528
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 19.6% 19.5% 19.8% 19.8% 58.8%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 16.2% 13.6% 16.0% 8.3% 19.4%
Unrestricted net assets $4,016,378 $3,908,536 $3,069,974 $4,286,279 $4,371,576
Temporarily restricted net assets $32,049,208 $32,874,883 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $636,998 $640,998 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $32,686,206 $33,515,881 $34,886,217 $36,014,474 $10,336,376
Total net assets $36,702,584 $37,424,417 $37,956,191 $40,300,753 $14,707,952

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

President & CEO

Mr. Phillip Kilbridge

With more than a 25-year career in non-profit leadership, Phillip Kilbridge continues to transform community-based organizations for increased sustainable impact. He served as CEO of Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco where he grew the nonprofit from annual revenues around $800,000 to over $16 million in 2015. Kilbridge also held numerous management positions in the social sector, including Development Director at the Charles River Conservancy in Boston, MA. Kilbridge earned his undergraduate degree from UC Davis, graduate degree from Colorado State University and a leadership certification from Stanford GSB’s Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders. He is also a graduate of the Coro Fellows and Justice Outside’s Working Toward Equitable Organizations programs and an alumnus of the Outward Bound program in Washington's Northern Cascades. Kilbridge is on a quest to visit all 63 U.S. national parks with 25 left to explore. He lives in St. Louis, MO with his wife and two sons.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

NatureBridge

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 03/01/2023
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Board co-chair

Susan Boren

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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 ? 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/19/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/15/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.

Contractors

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Professional fundraisers

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