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$27,355
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, March 1 2019 6:59 AM UTC +00:00
$27,355
pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
74
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, March 1 2019 6:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

The Idea: Fund the Wild Bus!

We are raising $30,000 to buy an old Airstream camper, gut it to the frame, and retrofit it using green and recycled materials to be a mobile indoor/outdoor environmental education classroom. Our goal is to bring our environmental education workshops and hands-on nature fun to as many kids and families in Portland and the surrounding communities as possible, especially those that are underserved. We're calling it the Wild Bus for now, but we'll hold an official naming party when it's complete!

Who We Are

We are CityWildPDX, an Oregon non-profit founded by me, Britt Crow-Miller, an environmental geography professor with three young children. Our mission is to inspire curiosity about the natural world through fun, exploration, and hands-on learning for kids and families.

We value creativity, getting our hands dirty, nature as our teacher, and, above all, curiosity. From curiosity comes learning, from learning comes respect, and from respect comes stewardship and advocacy. Everyone should have the opportunity to learn about the natural community they're a part of and connect to nature, especially in cities.

What We're Doing

Through our high-quality, science-based, age-appropriate programming we offer the diverse communities of the Portland metro region the opportunity to rethink and strengthen their connection to the nature all around us. We offer classes and hands-on workshops and with our mobile classroom we'll be able to bring that programming directly to the communities we plan to serve. We'll bring the Wild Bus to public events, parks throughout the city, underserved preschools, farmers markets, vacant lots and anywhere else that will have us!

Sample workshops include: 
Small Animal//Insect Study 
Exploring Portland//Exploring our Senses 
Urban Critter Tracking 
Neighborhood Tree Mapping
Introduction to Nature Journaling 
Wild Plants of PDX
Cool not Creepy: ​Echolocation in Bats and Moths
The Seeds We Eat

Why We Need Your Support

As a non-profit, CityWildPDX can take advantage of grant opportunities for our program development and most of our other costs, but we can't cover major materials...like a trailer and renovation! If you're a Portlander, you can support the development of a community asset that will serve our entire city and region. If you're outside the area, you can still vote with your dollars to support creating the kind of future that serves us all by helping to instill a strong environmental ethic in the next generation of decision makers. And who knows, maybe we can develop a fleet of Wild Buses, power them with clean energy, and take them around the country! Every single dollar counts.

Risks and challenges

The market for used Airstream trailers is limited and finding the right trailer at the right price may be a challenge. We're up for a drive to find the right camper and bring it to its new home in Portland.

Retrofitting work is new to us and we plan to rely on handy friends and family members to help with the renovation of the Wild Bus. We may need to call in an actual contractor if things get hairy!

Our plan is to use recycled and green materials for the interior remodel by partnering with groups like the ReBuilding Center in North Portland and SCRAP PDX. There's some chance we won't be able to find the appropriate materials used and will have to buy a few things new, but we hope that won't be the case.

These projects always take longer than expected, so running over schedule with our renovation is a risk.

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    Acorn-level support

    Just as acorns sprout into giant oak trees, even small donations can contribute to the grand result we hope to achieve with this campaign for a CityWildPDX mobile classroom! Every little bit helps and we're grateful for your support.

    Your $20 donation will score you a sweet CityWildPDX die-cut sticker to dress up your favorite water bottle or notebook.

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    Fern-level support

    Ferns are ancient plants that spread with one wind-swept spore at a time. We can reach our goal, one contribution at a time and to thank our fern-level supporters we'll send you a die-cut CityWildPDX sticker and a recycled CityWildPDX cotton tote bag perfect for books or groceries.

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    Rose-level support

    We love our City of Roses and we love $100 pledges. With rose-level support you will receive a CityWildPDX die-cut sticker and a super-soft eco-blend T-shirt in the size of your choice. The vintage grey shirts feature the CityWildPDX logo and come in 2T, 4T, Kids S, Kids L, and unisex adult XS-XL.

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    Raven-level support

    Ravens are highly intelligent and curious creatures that have co-existed with humans for thousands of years. Not only will a donation of $250 help move us toward our goal of inspiring a raven-like curiosity about nature in our communities, but it will score you a sticker, and a CityWildPDX eco-blend t-shirt and tote.

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    Coyote-level support

    You may not see them regularly, but coyotes are all over the Portland metropolitan area, even in the most densely urbanized zones! These amazing animals are living right on the edge of the urban-wild interface and offer us so many opportunities to consider our interlinkages. With coyote-level support of $500, we will say thanks with a CityWildPDX sticker, t-shirt, tote, and a pair of handmade ceramic CityWildPDX mugs.

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    Black bear-level support

    The Black Bear is Oregon's only remaining species of bear. Surprisingly, their fur is not always black and can also be brown, cinnamon, bluish and sometimes white!

    Surprise us with a pledge of $1000 and we will say thanks with all the CityWildPDX swag you can handle, plus a pair of handmade CityWildPDX ceramic mugs to sip your favorite cozy beverage out of during hibernation season. We'll also put on a custom, hands-on, 1-hour nature exploration workshop for you and 4 of your friends.

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    Douglas Fir-level support

    The Douglas Fir, also known as the Oregon Pine, is a Pacific Northwest icon. A pledge at this level will get you pretty much whatever you want! T-shirts, totes, books, mugs, eternal gratitude...take them all! You'll also be thanked with a custom, hands-on curio-workshop for up to 10 people.

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Funding period

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