At our second and third We Love Warner meeting, our group of concerned WNC volunteers came to the theory: We can’t change what the Manitou Fund is doing, but we can hopefully influence and change the process of how it is done.
From what we have gathered, the Manitou Fund would like to press a reset button on the nature center and start from scratch. This means new administration, new buildings, new programs, new staff, new everything.
The crux of the problem is the fact that the Manitou fund is burning many bridges in the process by doing this reset. They are losing thousands of years of accumulated worth of experience, knowledge, loyalty, and partnerships by scrapping everything that makes the WNC the gem it is today.
This reset is killing the reputation, integrity, and history of the WNC and abandoning many people who love the establishment. The way the Manitou fund has communicated this upheaval and has kept the future plans of the property a secret is the biggest issue. They are impacting not just hundreds but thousands of lives by this change and indiscretion.
We might not be able to change what the Manitou Fund is doing, but we can hopefully influence and change the process of how it is done. As a group of concerned and dedicated volunteers, we decided that we want to help the Manitou Fund create this new future for Warner and not see them throw everything away. We want to work with them to save everything that is good and that works well at the current WNC.
To do this, we need to collect success stories and concise evidence that the current nature center is working to help build relationships with the natural world. We need to present to the Manitou Fund everything that is worth keeping to continue the legacy of the Lee & Rose Warner Nature Center.
Here's what we’re doing:
Coming away from the two meetings we had this week, we have developed a couple of new actions to get involved with continuing the legacy of Warner besides sharing our stories and writing letters to the editors (however, we still encourage to do this).
The first action has been to develop a survey to schools and teachers to collect data on how Warner has impacted the lives of students. We Love Warner volunteers are planning to compile the results and present the information to the Manitou Fund. This collection of data will be used to hopefully serve as evidence for the benefits of the current programs being held at the WNC.
Our second action is writing a group letter to the Manitou Fund signed by WNC volunteers who agree with the letter. The essence of the letter is to show the fund how much we care about Warner and how we would like to work with them to create the new program. A group has already been assigned to writing this letter; however, if you would like to know more about the letter and be apart of the signing please send us a direct message at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s what you can do:
Honestly, the best thing that you can do is share with us a memory or a story of either WNC staff, the program, or the land at Warner and how it has impacted your life. The next best thing is to encourage your friends and family to share a memory or story too. This collective mass of stories adds worthy support towards WNC from the community. Every story shows the impact that Warner has made through the years.
Spread the Word! We Love Warner has created info cards for concerned citizens and volunteers to hand out to spread the word. We plan on distributing them during the Fall Color Blast on October 6th.
The We Love Warner website now includes:
Every day that passes is a day that is lost in our quest to continue the legacy of the Lee & Rose Warner Nature Center. We need to keep getting the word out about the closing of this amazing nature center and continue to spread awareness of the loss it will inflect on our community.