Four Winds Nature Institute Mission and Goals
Four Winds strives to improve environmental literacy throughout a community by providing people of all ages with meaningful opportunities to explore the natural world.
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.