Our Mission & Our Vision
EarthWorks recognizes the bond we share with nature, and we understand the everlasting relationship that exists between children and nature. Our mission is to provide children with support and space to experience this relationship through unstructured forest play, curiosity driven exploration and wilderness skill practice. We aim to create a physically safe and emotionally supportive environment, where students develop resilience,self-confidence and an appreciation for the natural world.
EarthWorks provides inclusive and supportive environments, viewing individuals as:
equal, creative and valuable
capable of exploration and discovery
able to choose and determine the path of their learning and development
competent in developing strong, positive relationships with the natural world
prepared to experience appropriate risk and regular challenges
EarthWorks supports whole-child health and social-emotional development, valuing individuals as
Sustainable members of society
Self-directed, independent thinkers
In keeping with true appreciation for the natural world, we would like to begin by acknowledging the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and by honoring the sovereignty of the Six Nations–the Mohawk, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Seneca and Tuscarora–and their land where we reside. We recognize that our work takes place on their land, and we hope to demonstrate respect for the treaties established, and remorse for the harms and mistakes of the distant and recent past. We pledge to work toward consistent partnership with a spirit of reconciliation and gratitude.
Diversity & Inclusion Statement
EarthWorks embraces diversity of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, veteran status, age, socioeconomic status, outdoor experience and ability.
We will encourage and welcome people from all communities to become involved in our organization.
We will strive to reduce the barriers faced by marginalized individuals through direct service.
We will promote diversity and inclusion in our daily practice and partnerships.
We will value the perspectives and contributions of all people.
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