In developing and offering programs, Four Winds is committed to those that address the following goals:
- Programs that increase people’s knowledge of the natural world through direct observation, hands-on learning activities, and rich outdoor experiences.
- Programs that improve science literacy (content and skills) by encouraging people to explore their local environment.
- Programs that connect a broad and diverse audience of people to the natural world on an ongoing and meaningful basis.
- Programs that provide people with the critical thinking, problem solving, and citizenship skills to make informed decisions on local environmental issues.
Our aim is to promote community-wide interest and involvement in environment and education issues – making decisions based on sound science, thoughtful dialogue, broad-based discussion, and consideration of systems-wide impacts. We want to see people of all ages outside in their own community, enjoying nature, exploring, asking questions, and thinking about the natural world through a variety of lenses.