The Conservation College Board of Directors

TWO NEW BOARD POSITIONS AVAILABLE
Meet board members during our summer campfire concert fundraisers! July 4th in Puyallup with Dana Lyons. July 28th at Lake Sammamish with Wolf Camp Staff. Aug 25th Campout overnight at Lake Sammamish! Apply by Sept 1st in advance of our next 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:

Ellen Blanchard, Esq., President
Nessa Rothstein, Vice President
Jamie Jamerson, Secretary
Diana Wadley, Treasurer
Gerd Weyer, Vision Committee Chair
Amy Moreno-Sills, Vision Committee
Adam Arabian, Ph.D., P.E., Vision Committee
Ken Fellows, M.S., Transition Committee Chair
Rikki McGee, Ph.D., Fundraising Committee Chair
New Position Open: Transition Committee Member
New Position Open: Fundraising Committee Member

Do you want to foster conservation and outdoor education in your community, region and world? We’re seeking 2 more board members to help guide the new Conservation College. Gain useful skills while sharing your talents! Fundraising committee participants are equal voting members of the board of directors, and will help write grants, develop alumni membership contributions, and make decisions about fundraisers including summer family campfire events, seasonal conservation themed fun runs, and more.

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 founding board of directors, please email the following information to us in advance of our early September 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.

The Wolf Camp Transition Advisory Board: This ad-hoc group will have no defined eligibility requirements or legal decision-making powers. Kim & Chris Chisholm are willing to serve on this board and facilitate communication during the transition period. Advisory board members will primarily communicate by phone and email, but also be expected to attend Conservation College board meetings whenever possible, starting at the Wolf Gathering, September 9, 2017 and lasting until the new non-profit organization takes ownership of Wolf Camp.

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.

Timeline

January 2018: Elect initial board members, and have the executive committeee file a business license in Issaquah, non-profit articles of incorporation with the WA Secretary of State and Charities Division.
February 2018: Fill fundraising committee board seats, and have the vision committee draft by-laws consistent with those needed to file as a 501(c)3 federally tax-exempt non-profit organization.
March 2018: Schedule initial fundraising events including alumni membership outreach, summer campfires, and seasonal conservation themed fun runs.
Spring: File with the IRS as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and draft a budget for 2019 and make recommendations to Chris & Kim regarding the 2018 schedule, expenditures, staffing, etc. with an eye toward a smooth transition.
Summer: Do fundraising and outreach for hiring a prospective Executive Director, and observe how Wolf Camp operates in season. Campfire fundraisers will be scheduled for June 30 in Puyallup, July 25 at Lake Sammamish, August 25 at Lake Sammamish, and on October 27 at the Wolf Gathering in Puyallup.
Fall: Elect additional board members to two-year terms and begin negotiation with Chris & Kim for the a sale agreement (outright purchase, pension, or work/merit-based compensation) of Wolf Camp. First seasonal conservation fundraiser Run with the Salmon scheduled for October 20 along the Puyallup River.
Winter: Prepare staff for summer camps and academic year classes, and run seasonal conservation fundraisers including Run with the Swans scheduled for February along the Skagit River, Run with the Wolves scheduled for April along the Teanaway River, and Run with the Water scheduled for independence day along Lake Sammamish.
2019-20: Take over Wolf Camp with an eye toward developing an expanded Conservation College vision for 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.