The Conservation College Board of Directors

NEW BOARD POSITIONS AVAILABLE!
Apply now in advance of our
June 2nd board meeting.


Conservation College Board of Directors

Earlier this year, the Wolf Camp Transitional Advisory Board elected seven wonderful Wolf Camp parents to serve as founding members of the Conservation College. Huge thanks and congratulations to the following Board Members of the new Conservation College:

Nessa Rothstein, President
Kartik Kanakasabesan: MBA, Vice President
Ellen Blanchard, Esq., Past President
Jamie Jamerson, Secretary
Diana Wadley, Treasurer
Adam Arabian, Ph.D., P.E., Vision Committee Chair (future: membership committee)
Ken Fellows, M.S., Transition Committee Chair (future: camp liaison committee)
Rikki McGee, Ph.D., Fundraising Committee Chair (current focus: capital campaign and fun-runs)
New Position Open: Vision Committee Member (future: membership committee)
New Position Open: Transition Committee Member (future: camp liaison committee)
Three New Positions Open: Fundraising Committee Member (current focus: capital campaign and fun-runs)

Mission Statement: Inspire a global conservation ethic by connecting people to nature through outdoor education.

We’re seeking 5 more board members to help guide the new Conservation College. Gain useful skills while sharing your talents!  To be eligible, you must regularly live or work within the State of Washington, but citizenship is not required. Time commitment is estimated to be 8 hours per month including board meetings, committee meetings, trainings and event preparation. Onsite childcare will be made available with Wolf Camp staff.

If you would like to apply for an open position on the board, please email the following information to us in advance of our next board meeting:

  1. Name as you would like it to appear if added to our staff webpage:
  2. What is your connection to Wolf Camp’s mission of sharing earth skills education? (Why are you interested in serving on the board? Why are you passionate about Wolf Camp?)
  3. What skills and previous experience do you have that is relevant to participating on a non-profit board? This might include environmental education, legal work, community building, administrative experience, other board experiences, non-profit work, government or business experience, conflict resolution or facilitation training, relevant networks or community connections you bring to the board, etc.
  4. Is it important to you that outdoor education be accessible to people of all financial and cultural statuses? Do you have ideas on how Wolf Camp can become more accessible to wider groups of people? Do you consider yourself a person of color, multinational, immigrant, indigenous, tribal, veteran, differently-abled, targeted religious minority, low income issues, rural life, inner-city resident, active senior, young adult or other member of a group often underrepresented on boards?
  5. If you have a LinkedIn or Facebook page you would like to share with us to know more about you, please paste the URL here:
  6. Photo & Short Biography including any degrees/certifications/trainings you would like considered or noted on future board website page:
  7. Do you have any additional information you would like us to know about you, or questions or concerns we can address?

After 20 years of running Wolf Camp and the Conservation College as a sole proprietorship, founder Chris Chisholm and co-owner Kim McKillip Chisholm are ready to turn over the reigns of leadership to the Wolf Camp community. Now serving 1,000 students per year with summer camps and weekend workshops for all ages, Wolf Camp has engendered deep appreciation and conservation of the environment through its “earth skills education” taught by highly trained outdoor leaders utilizing effective risk management, as well as fun and collaborative teamwork strategies. Similar to transitions made by founders of other unfaltering summer camps over the past century, our vision is that this unique earth skills educational enterprise last in perpetuity.

We are looking for board members who want to take Wolf Camp into the future, keeping the next generation in touch with a healthy life outdoors. A new board of directors will decide whether to expand its vision for the Conservation College from running summer camps and periodic weekend workshops, to become an accredited technical school offering degree programs to all ages of student throughout the year. Departments could include Cultural Conservation (traditional craftwork and wilderness skills), Plant Conservation (ethnobotany – use of wild edible and medicinal plants), Wildlife Conservation (tracking the animal kingdom) and other departments following a curriculum of the Neighborhood Naturalist, Traditional Herbalist, Wildlife Tracker, Survival Scout, Ancient Artisan, Honorable Hunter, Sustainable Citizen & Environmental Educator. For background, please click on the following links:

Conservation College Board of Directors: Duties will include responsibility and care for the organization and the students it serves. The board of directors is tasked with refining the vision for the organization, providing guidance and oversight to ensure its continued success, hiring and supporting the Executive Director, promoting inclusion, establishing policies to guide, outreach and exercising influence to leverage partnership and resource, and ensuring the procurement and effective management of resources. Terms for the Conservation College Board of Directors will begin in January, 2018. The initial board size is proposed to start with 5 members serving 2 year terms, and 5 members serving 1 year terms to be reelected/replaced at the end of 2018 (the projected date of purchasing Wolf Camp from Chris & Kim) for rotating 2 year terms. Board Members may include people with experience as community organizers, environmentalists, attorneys, accountants, administrators, fundraisers, educators, craftsmen, herbalists, bridge-builders, networkers, strategic thinkers and planners, farmers and sportsmen, small business people, scientists and conservationists, wolf lovers and more.

Conservation College Alumni Membership: Alumni Membership will be open to anyone who ever paid to attend a Wolf Camp program in the past and who pays annual dues to support the the Conservation College. Members will receive minutes of board meetings and may offer advisory feedback, may vote to elect candidates to open positions of the Board of Directors, and receive discounts for participation in Conservation College sponsored fundraisers, such as seasonal fun runs, and annual skills rendezvous.

The Wolf Camp Transition Advisory Council: This ad-hoc group was formed in 2017 to begin the process of creating the new Conservation College. Kim & Chris Chisholm, other Wolf Camp staff members, and camp parents serve on this group to facilitate communication during the transition period. Advisory council participants have continued to attend Conservation College board meetings ever since their first get-together during the Wolf Gathering on September 9, 2017 and will disband after the new non-profit Conservation College takes over ownership of Wolf Camp.

2019 Board Meetings

January 12th
February 17th
March 17th
April 14th
June 2nd
September 22nd
October 19th Annual Meeting
November 17th

Board Timeline

2018: Elected initial board members, and have the executive committee file a business license in Issaquah, non-profit articles of incorporation with the WA Secretary of State and Charities Division. Campfire fundraisers occurred June 30 in Puyallup, July 25 at Lake Sammamish, August 25 at Lake Sammamish.
2019: Fill fundraising committee board seats, and draft by-laws consistent with those needed to file as a 501(c)3 federally tax-exempt non-profit organization. Begin alumni membership outreach. Proposed fundraisers include fun-runs the July 4th Run with the Water on Lake Sammamish, and Oct 19 Run with the Salmon along the Puyallup River.  Draft 2020 Budget and make recommendations to Chris & Kim regarding the 2020 schedule, expenditures, staffing, etc. with an eye toward a smooth transition.
2020: Draft a sale agreement with Chris & Kim for purchase, pension, or work/merit-based compensation of Wolf Camp. Do fundraising and outreach for hiring a prospective Executive Director to observe how Wolf Camp operates in season.  Additional fundraisers may include Run with the Swans in February along the Skagit River, and Run with the Wolves in April along the Teanaway River. Develop an expanded Conservation College vision including academic year degree programs.

Donate:

To donate to the Conservation College, send a personal check or cashier’s check to:

Conservation College
PO Box 2872
Issaquah, WA 98027

The IRS allows retroactive tax deductions to non-profit organizations which receive their 501(c)3 approval less than two years after a deduction is made, so if once we receive 501(c)3 approval, we will send a notification to donors.