U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|Learning Landscapes Spotlight Feature|
This year marked the seventh presentation of the BLM's biannual Public Lands Partnership Excellence Award. The award was presented on February 8, 2010 at the Association of Partners for Public Lands (APPL) Annual Convention in San Diego, California.
The 2010 winner was Alaska's Friends of the Campbell Creek Science Center for their work in support of science education at BLM's Campbell Creek Science Center. The Center, located on a 730-acre tract of public lands in Anchorage, is an experiential-learning facility that offers high-quality outdoor science programs, including workshops, interpretive hikes, lecture series, and professional training.
The Friends of the Campbell Creek Science Center was formed in 2005 to support the Center's mission to be a regional resource for science and environmental education.
As a certified non-profit organization, the Friends group has involved 100 local businesses, organizations, and citizens in the cause; raised nearly $150,000 for program support; offered scholarships to economically-disadvantaged youth; and established an endowment to address the long-term financial sustainability of the Center.
The Friends assist with more basic needs as well. The organization has regularly purchased equipment and supplies for the Center, including 143 pairs of new kids' snowshoes, a sound system for the Center's multipurpose room, craft supplies for "Build-A-Bug" stations, and refreshments for evening programs and special events.
Perhaps most significantly, the Friends are "forward thinkers." The group has created an endowment to provide for the Center's financial future through investment in the Alaska Community Foundation. The board is also developing approaches to encourage donations of stock and other forms of planned giving.
The Public Lands Partnership Excellence Award was presented to Friends of Campbell Creek Science Center board members Joette Storm and Amanda Smith.