A Message from Four Winds May 2020

May 15, 2020

Four Winds recognizes the challenges facing schools, childcare centers, parents, and community members as a result of the pandemic. And we know that nature can be both restorative and calming for children — a very welcome breath of fresh air. As a community-based natural science organization, we support nature-based education in and out of schools, working with classroom teachers, early childhood professionals and more than 1400 volunteers across New England. Our programs may look different in the coming year, but we will be out teaching community workshops, providing teachers with resources for students’ at-home learning, and leading professional development circles.

We have years of experience teaching children and adults outside. And now our workshops will reflect the CDC’s COVID-19 public health guidance as we support parents/volunteers and teachers leading natural science lessons for schoolchildren. We want everyone to be safe and happy AND outside learning about nearby nature. And we want to be doing this with you!

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.
    • Practice physical distancing and wear a mask when out in public.
    • 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.