Emergency Response Plan for COVID-19

March 15, 2020

Dear Four Winds volunteers, teachers, friends:

With schools around the region now closing for a stretch of time, all our Four Winds Nature Program workshops are postponed until schools are back in session. We will work with our Nature Program coordinators to reschedule workshops as soon as possible this spring.

Likewise, all our early childhood nature-based education professional learning communities (PLCs) and K-12 teacher professional development sessions are on hold until further notice.

We understand the challenges these school and child care center closures pose for families, not to mention the changes in everyone’s work life and daily routines. Our hearts go out to all.

We thought it might be helpful to have some things to do together as a family outdoors in nearby nature, while we are social distancing as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. A Month of Exploring Nearby Nature for Families is a month’s worth of ideas for adults to do with children. We’ll post more and share photographs via social media throughout the month.

With best wishes from all of us at Four Winds,

Emily, Chris, Deb, Susan, Becky, Mike, Elly, Joanne, Hilary, Lisa



We encourage our staff and volunteers to do our part to keep the community healthy and safe:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    • Stay home when you are sick, and seek medical care as needed.

More information is available on the following websites:

2019 Photo Contest Results

The 2019 Four Winds Photo Contest results are in!

We received many wonderful photos for this year’s “Kids in Nature” photo contest, and our team of judges has selected their top choices!

It was difficult to choose just three photographs from the submissions, all of which illustrated creative and curious kids outdoors, investigating, playing, and adventuring.

Thank you for your submissions, and we hope to see you out enjoying nature with the children in your lives!

Grand Prize

Submitted by Erin Ruble

Second Place

Submitted by Tristan Von Duntz

Third Place

Submitted by Erin Ruble

2017 Photo Contest Results

Take a look!

Four Winds received over 240 photos for consideration in our 10th Anniversary Photo Contest in 2017. So many delightful, creative, and beautiful images!

Our judges had the fun challenge of considering and selecting winners for each category. (And, after lots of lively debate, the judges added a “Runner-up” award in three of the categories and a Very Special Mention, too.)

Thank you to generous and dear friends of Four Winds, who made a donation to provide awards to the winning contestants.