To you who have looked forward to our annual wreath fundraiser, after many years and with strong mixed feelings, we have decided to shift our focus into a new realm of fundraising. Unfortunately, that means PP&R Environmental Education will no longer be making and selling wreaths as a means of generating scholarship money.
Please know that this was not an easy decision – there are most certainly many aspects of project we love, and at the same time, we also feel the pressure of the work needed to undertake this enormous project each year. It took a great deal of discussion and debate for us to decide to focus our limited time, energy and resources elsewhere. Three major issues influenced our decision –
- The Mt. Tabor Yard greenhouse (where we stored greens) has been removed due to upgrades to the property
- Holiday wreaths are not inclusive to all cultures and religions, and
- The project reached a level of commitment that exceeds what we can handle and still maintain the ability to do our jobs effectively.
We still plan to raise money to get children, youth, and families, into nature at low cost and help eliminate the barriers of language, transportation, and cost in all Portland neighborhoods – we just plan to do it a different way in the future. In fact, tax-deductible donations to our scholarship fund can be done by calling our office anytime at 503-823-3601.
We realize that many people have purchased wreaths each year, however, so we did want to pass on another option. Leach Botanical Garden has a small wreath sale at their Annual Bazaar, December 2, and 3, from 9:00am-3:00pm. If you are looking to buy a wreath, go check the goods there! For more information on the Leach Garden Bazaar, visit leachgarden.org/event/holiday-bazaar-artists-market/?eID=4422.
Thank you for 26 years of support! We are so grateful for all the donated time, committed energy, and annual excitement about our winter wreath sale each December. We look forward to the next step for Environmental Education.
Chrissy Larson (EE Coordinator/Children & Families)
Kelly Rosteck (EE Coordinator/Teens)