Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team

Our Vision

Our Vision... 
To open a Wildlife Center where all kinds of New England animals and plants are represented.
We will build an interactive and educational nature study center.

The Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team's mission is the preservation of wildlife. We all must protect nature in order for our planet to survive. To sustain a harmonious and symbiotic relationship with all living things, we intend to build an interactive and educational nature center. Human survival is dependent on nature and therefore it is incumbent upon us to build a kind of center that allows for hands on personal discovery as well as educational opportunities in the form of lectures, field trips, guest speakers and in house experts. We will host educational teachers as well as teach educators - which will fundamentally extend our reach. Our focus will be on the welfare of animals and humans in the work we do at our center, because they truly go hand in hand. We will create a facility that will educate our youth and the general public about nature so they become environmental educators and stewards within their purview. Education about our natural world is paramount to our earth's survival and with our nature center we plan on doing our part to help save it!

In order to achieve Our Vision we have a timeline with strategic goals. On this page we will share our accomplishments so you can take the journey with us. It's a pretty exciting adventure and we hope you'll be a part of Our Team.

July 24, 2017
New England Wildlife Center
We spent a day at the New England Wildlife Center (NEWC) in South Weymouth, MA with Greg Mertz (CEO) and Katrina Bergman (Executive Director). They gave us an extensive tour followed by a very open and honest discussion about the challenges and realities of building the NEWC facility. In addition Katrina sent us home with lots of plans and financial documents for some light late night reading (ha) to better prepare us for what's ahead. They were super kind and gracious and encouraging and their insights and suggestions are helping us move forward with a clearer direction.

January through April 2017
After a great deal of research trying to decide just what we actually needed in a website, we decided to go with a company called Wild Apricot. What made them so attractive was their focus on small membership driven non-profits. What made us choose them is that we could do it ourselves with volunteer hours and the yearly fee was very reasonable. We now have a secure website that also hosts our entire membership and contact list. It's all-in-one place so we can easily deliver e-blasts to our Team, log and track donations and memberships, maintain our calendar of activities, and provide numerous interesting articles and photographs to our readers. It has really helped us bring everything together so we can stay connected to our Team while informing the greater public about the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team. We really hope you like it!

December 2016/January 2017
Finances and Taxes
We set out to get our financial ducks in a row, so to speak, so they become the solid foundation upon which we can build our Wildlife Center.  After a bit of research we set up a new bookkeeping system. We chose this system because it allows us to share our financial status and reports through our website. The graphs and charts are easy to read and interpret and we hope you get a chance to see what we're up to with money that is so generously donated to our organization. Following the revamping of our bookkeeping system, we got our taxes done in record time and now have them posted on our website along with our annual report for the past three years. Yahoo!

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