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Earthroots Field School, Inc.

 PO BOX 504
 TRABUCO CYN , CA 92678
[P] (949) 7095777
[F] --
www.earthrootsfieldschool.org
[email protected]
Jodi Levine-Wright
FOUNDED: 2005
INCORPORATED: 2009
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Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 26-2379948 00000

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

Earthroots is dedicated to cultivating a sense of care and connection between people and the natural world.

Earthroots inspires life-long dedication to environmental stewardship & community through deep nature connection mentoring.

In our creative learning environments, Earthroots participants gain a better understanding of how all of life is connected. They experience how our actions influence the world around us. With this understanding, we hope that individuals then make choices in their daily lives to improve the health of the earth, themselves and each other.


Mission Statement

Earthroots is dedicated to cultivating a sense of care and connection between people and the natural world.

Earthroots inspires life-long dedication to environmental stewardship & community through deep nature connection mentoring.

In our creative learning environments, Earthroots participants gain a better understanding of how all of life is connected. They experience how our actions influence the world around us. With this understanding, we hope that individuals then make choices in their daily lives to improve the health of the earth, themselves and each other.



FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $185,000.00
Projected Revenue $185,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Ecoliteracy
  • Forest Kindergarten
  • Homeschool Field School
  • Wilderness Summer Camps
  • Habitat Restoration Program at Big Oak Canyon (Phase 1)

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Overview


Mission Statement

Earthroots is dedicated to cultivating a sense of care and connection between people and the natural world.

Earthroots inspires life-long dedication to environmental stewardship & community through deep nature connection mentoring.

In our creative learning environments, Earthroots participants gain a better understanding of how all of life is connected. They experience how our actions influence the world around us. With this understanding, we hope that individuals then make choices in their daily lives to improve the health of the earth, themselves and each other.



Background Statement

Earthroots Field School founder, Jodi Levine-Wright, grew up in a very different Orange County than children know today. Raised in San Clemente, she fell in love with the swampy trails behind her home where she and her brother walked down the hill after school each day to catch tadpoles, build tree forts and follow the animal tracks to their dens. It was a place to have unlimited adventures, grow strong, feel the freedom of nature and build trust with her brother. Jodi was devastated when bulldozers came to develop her cherished wild place into a heavily landscaped golf course, and the animals she had come to love were displaced and never returned. It was from this profound connection with nature in her formative years, coupled with unique travels and experiences in her young adulthood, that eventually led her to back to Orange County with a desire to ensure children and adults would have opportunities to deeply connect with the earth. With this passion, Jodi founded Earthroots Field School in 2005.

Since 1980, much of Orange County’s wild, open, natural space has been developed into roads, manicured golf courses, parking lots and shopping centers, leaving a mere 15% of park land. This has created a disconnect between people and the natural world, felt stronger for today’s youth than any other time in human history. Richard Louv and researcher Cheryl Charles, Ph.D. of the Children and Nature Network, note that this “nature deficit” affects children in profound ways. Low levels of outdoor activity and a sedentary lifestyle are common and may be related to the dramatic rise in childhood obesity, Vitamin D deficiency and other health issues. Additionally, studies indicate that a connection with the outdoors supports social, intellectual, emotional, spiritual and physical development, supports creativity and problem solving skills, enhances concentration and lessens Attention Deficit Disorder behaviors. Once an adult grows up without a connection to nature, they lose the ability to pass critical developmental knowledge onto their children. 

Earthroots recognizes the natural environment as a fundamental, effective, and holistic setting for learning. Drawing on the philosophies of traditional native wisdom, cultural knowledge, peacemaker principles, and community building practices, we believe that an education rooted in nature prepares young people to be engaged, thoughtful stewards of the environment, and consequently, productive citizens of society.

Impact Statement

Earthroots mentored 995 people in nature from July 2017 through June 2018, totaling over 20,000 hours of participant time connecting with the earth and creating a stronger and healthier community. While on average each participant spent 20 hours in programs, each weekly participant spent 160+ hours last year exploring nature with Earthroots mentors and instructors. While with Earthroots, participants gained meaningful skills to build confidence, physical strength, coordination and community involvement all while learning about local ecology, sustainable living skills and wilderness survival. Programs reflect one part of our mission, and the work in conserving and restoring native habitat for future enjoyment is the other part of our work.

One accomplishment of 2017 that stands out above the others was moving our weekly Forest Kindergarten program from the rented day-use site at OC Parks to our very own Big Oak Canyon property. This class of 3-6 year olds now has created a “classroom without walls” under a majestic oak canopy and splashes in the creek looking for frogs and insects on a weekly basis. There is nothing like seeing children fully embrace the freedom of nature while developing their senses, physical strength, coordination and community belonging. Other groups also enjoy the property, but there is something about the innocence in our youngest class that gives hope that they will grow up knowing this deep connection with nature as “normal” and embrace and care for the earth throughout their lives. In a region of the world where most people do not have this experience, we are so grateful to be able to offer it to today’s youth.

A highlight of early 2018 has been the continued focus on staff development. One returning instructor said it best, "My week (of training) was spent unpluging at the Art of Mentoring program. I went into this week thinking I would learn how to be a better mentor for my students, but this week was so much more than being a mentor. I learned how to be a better human being. I'm so full of love, joy, grief, peace and I'm so excited about the opportunity to spread these teachings to my community."

Goals for this year include improving our website user interface, completing the purchase of Big Oak Canyon and continuing to offer incredible nature connection programs for the children and families of our region.

 


Needs Statement

1. Earthroots recently acquired a beautiful 39 acre property in Silverado Canyon called Big Oak Canyon. This rugged property has year round flowing water and supports native wildlife. Big Oak Canyon will become a center of education for sustainability practices and nature connection. Earthroots needs $60,500 to complete the purchase.

2.  At Big Oak Canyon, we plan on developing education learning stations to include mixed nut and fruit orchard, weaving gardens, medicinal plants garden and therefore offering field trips to a wider variety of schools. Developing the learning stations will cost an estimated $8,000.

3. There is a strong need for more Earthroots programming in our region, which requires more staff oversight and organizational development. High on our list of needs is to hire a development director and a full time staff member to expand our award winning programs and prepare Big Oak Canyon for further use.

4. Scholarships and program funding for underserved youth is an annual need. Our aim is to raise $10,000 per year to support programming for youth who need connections with nature the most. 




CEO Statement

Since our founding, Earthroots has served over 2,600 families and 6,000 students, who have flourished within our unique educational model. Instructors consistently observe that participants meaningfully build upon knowledge learned in previous sessions or past semesters. Likewise, parents frequently deliver positive feedback about the skill and patience the instructors practice when leading classes, conveying concepts, and managing a group. Many families participate in Earthroots programs year after year, and continue to support our efforts even after their children have “graduated” from our programs.

This long term mentoring approach to environmental education sets Earthroots apart from other organizations in our field. Our small group sizes and longer length of programs give instructors, students and parents extensive time to build lasting mentoring relationships in nature whose benefits far outweigh single immersions in nature. 

Our 200 year plan for developing and stewarding Big Oak Canyon emulate that same long term approach to nature connection. We aim to tend this land and it's resources with the highest care for todays youth and future generations.

Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Other ways to donate include mailing a check, sending a payment through PayPal (www.paypal.com) to "[email protected]", and through the secure Network for Good link on our site. We graciously accept in-kind donations listed on our website's WishList: http://earthrootsfieldschool.org/land-update/wish-list/Volunteer opportunities include monthly restoration work days at Big Oak Canyon, weekly field trips for our children's classes and annual celebrations. All volunteers must sign a Release Form found on our website, and all volunteers working with children must be fingerprinted with the Department of Justice.  Internships in our weekly Eco-literacy program give college students and interested adults experience in the field of environmental education. 

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County
Our programs are offered throughout Orange County at beaches and coastal parks as well as inland to the Santa Ana mountains. We meet at various Wilderness Parks, Organic Farms and Beaches, though the majority of programs are offered at our 39-acre wilderness property in Silverado Canyon (92676).

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Education N.E.C.
  2. Environment - Environmental Education
  3. Environment - Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation & Management

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Programs


Ecoliteracy

Students in grades K through 8 experience Sustainability and Nature Awareness curriculum at elementary schools, outdoors and on-campus throughout the year. As the students move up the grades, the cumulative program inspires school wide transformation to become a greener, more environmentally conscious campus. By engaging the entire school from students, administrators, teachers, parents to facilities and maintenance, the Eco-literacy program achieves incredible success by teaching through experience how to create and maintain a more sustainable school. Everyone on campus is needed to make this program work, but student leadership is pivotal in the measured success. 
 
This practical sustainable education is not limited to the campus alone, and is brought home in some way with everyone who it touches. This program has inspired many families to embrace more sustainable choices at home, from water reuse and conservation to growing organic food, recycling, installing solar panels and planting native gardens.
 
The Eco-literacy program has completed 9 years at the Journey School of Capistrano Unified School District and is ready to expand.
Budget  $20,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Adults Families
Program Short-Term Success 
Organically grown fruit and vegetables are harvested cooked and eaten on a weekly basis.
In one season of mentorship by Earthroots staff, a 9000 gallon/year rainwater mulch basin was designed by an 8th grader, installed by the students and parent volunteers, and planted with native plants. This now serves as a functional in-ground water storage that is accessed by plant roots to grow food and habitat for bees, butterflies and insects. It also keeps water in the soil and out of the storm drains, which inevitably would pick up pollutants as this water would have flowed over city streets to the ocean.
The 5th grade has also installed 5, 50 gallon rainwater harvesting barrels on campus as a demonstration to what future water harvesting possibilities could be with more funding. This installation utilized math skills to calculate annual harvesting potential, traced where city water is currently being used on campus and how it could be replaced by  rainwater.
In the course of a 10 week session on Native American Culture and Survival Skills, 4th graders learned to identify 4 species of native plants and prepared them for food, medicine and tools. Students also completed making bows and arrows from branches, practiced shooting them and learned the ancient technique for building fire by friction. 
In 7th grade, students learn the twelve principles of permaculture, create a permaculture design for their campus and present it to the school. These designs contribute to the overall greening of campus through the years.
 
 
Program Long-Term Success 
After implementing the Ecoliteracy program on campus for three years, the Journey School was recognized by the US Department of Education as a Green Ribbon School.
Journey School is inspired and motivated to continue with the long term implementation of the Ecoliteracy program, which proves how meaningful and enriching it is for the students and campus as a whole. 
After three years of implementing the Ecoliteracy program at the Journey School, it has initiated and completed 2 new organic gardens on campus that serve as outdoor classrooms. 
These outdoor classrooms are used daily to engage the whole student in multidisciplinary lessons in math, science, literature and more. Students experience the beneficial impact of good nutrition and learn healthy eating habits by harvesting fresh snacks from the gardens which they have planted, tended and grown.
Program Success Monitored By 
In each of the classes, students in grades K through 8 are evaluated by their teacher and Earthroots staff through completion of the outdoor projects and end of session assessments.
Journals are used during class time and 7th grade students give oral presentations on their permaculture designs for the school campus.
The program's success is evident by the number of functional school gardens, effectiveness of the composting program (quantity of food composted each year), number of recyclables kept out of the landfill, thousands of gallons of water harvested each year, plants grown, the return of insects and birds to what was once an asphalt and grass campus and the desire for the school to continue in this direction of being a model sustainable campus. 
Examples of Program Success 
A school wide composting program has transformed the way the entire campus perceives and handles waste. Thousands of pounds of waste have been diverted from the landfill into beneficial nutrients for the on-campus orchard through the diligent work of the faculty, parent volunteers and students. In the future, thousands more pounds of waste will be diverted and will increase the health of the soil on campus and for future generations.
Teaching recycling on campus has brought an awareness to resource use and consumption to even the "greener teachers". Eco-literacy does not stop with recycling metal, plastic, glass and paper, but also how to deal with hazardous wastes like paint, batteries, ink toner and electronics. This component of the Ecoliteracy program has been a financially rewarding experience, and the school has been able to use the funds received by recycling and decreasing waste pick up to improve the gardens and orchards.
At the year-end campus tour, students demonstrated their deep understanding of their ecological literacy by orally expressing what they had learned, how they accomplished each project and the results of each facet of sustainability. 
The Eco-Literacy program integrates interns from SOKA University, whose campus is nearby. SOKA students were inspired by our efforts and petitioned their administrators to allow them to add a student demonstration garden which is now flourishing.

Forest Kindergarten

Delight, discovery, and adventure fill the outdoor days of the Earthroots Forest Kindergarten. Children ages 3-6 play and learn in the wilderness parks, beaches, and organic farms of Orange County with experienced instructors.

Students develop practical skills in the fields of wilderness awareness, ecological gardening, natural building, natural crafts and whole food cooking through hands-on learning experiences. The general structure includes circle time, story, main lesson, wilderness exploration, and games. Forest Kindergarten provides a perfect launching point for a homeschooling child’s weekly lesson, or a child transitioning to kindergarten.

Letters and numbers are introduced through oral storytelling and practiced with full body and sensory activities: by drawing with sticks in the sand or fashioned with warmed beeswax.  

While safety and nature connection are Earthroots’ top priorities, there are many correlations to California’s kindergarten state standards, and Earthroots is a state-approved vendor for Sky Mountain and other charter schools.

Budget  $50,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) Families Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success  By the end of the 16 week semester, children & parents will be able to identify and know the uses (medicinal, edible and tools) for at least 3 new plants, identify 3 animals by their tracks and many relationships between animals and plants in their native habitats. Children also learn alphabet letters, identify flower, leaf and fruit in the life cycles of plants, and be able to observe quietly in nature for up to 20 minutes.
Program Long-Term Success  Children and families participating in this program will have a deeper understanding of and connection with the natural world. From this place of understanding and connection, children and adults will feel inspired and moved to care for and protect natural places throughout their lives. By having parents participate alongside their children, the lessons and experiences are shared and therefore able to build and grow within the family more so than if they occurred independently. 
Program Success Monitored By  These successes are evaluated through class assessments given before and after the 16 week semester and are evaluated by our staff. 
Examples of Program Success  "We love Forest Kindergarten! It is so fun. It's been so good for ALL of us - possibly me, even more than the kids!"
- Lindsey K. (parent)

Homeschool Field School

Homeschool classes meet one day a week through the school year. Each week we explore themes of Wilderness Awareness, Ecological Gardening, Natural Building, Natural Crafts and Whole Food Cooking through hands-on, outdoor activities. Our classes have up to 10 children with 2 instructors to allow for mentor-style learning. Fall semester begins mid September and ends in January (16 classes). Spring semester runs February through June (16 classes). We encourage participants to enroll for the entire year-long program to fully experience this well-developed curriculum.

Budget  $15,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults
Program Short-Term Success  By the end of 16 classes, parents report that their children have more confidence, endurance, have more follow through with recycling programs at home, more gardens planted, eating more locally grown organic produce, more composting, bringing bags to the grocery store instead of using one time disposable bags, taking the initiative to pick up trash when in natural areas and practice "leave no trace" ethics when on nature trails.
Program Long-Term Success  In the Homeschool program, students are engaged in experiential multidisciplinary subjects in outdoor settings. These experiences give students a unique way of knowing that all of our actions influence the world around us and they often feel motivated to live in greater balance with the natural world. Whether todays students grow to become adults involved directly or indirectly with environmental causes, the ultimate changes resulting from this experience are that the participants see that what we do today has long lasting implications for the natural world including our own health. Bringing that understanding and desire to care for the earth with every decision, whether it be related to food, business, home, transportation or personal situations, makes for a healthier world.
Program Success Monitored By  Assessments are given at the beginning and end of the semester to measure success. Additionally, parents evaluate student progress at the end of the semester with surveys.
Examples of Program Success 
"Hillary becomes more competent, confident and inquisitive the longer she is in Earthroots. The class really challenges her mentally and physically."
- Elizabeth L.
Parent of long term Homeschool participant
 
"Earthroots is making a big difference in our lives. Brian is responding so well to the experiential learning. He loves being outdoors and enjoys all the hands on activities. I have watched him bring home rocks from Earthroots and sort them by color, add, subtract and divide them. It is amazing. Just one day a week at Earthroots has allowed him to connect the dots on all his other learning experiences. Keep up the good work." 
- Todd S.
Parent of Homeschool participant

Wilderness Summer Camps

Throughout the summer, students ages 7 and up immerse themselves in nature and learn survival skills, uses of native plants for food, medicine and tools, to identify animal tracks, build shelter, gain cultural awareness of local Native American tribes and more. 
As with our other programs, parents or other family members are welcome to participate. This enables the lessons to last beyond the program because multiple people in the family now have shared experiences. 
Budget  $10,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families
Program Short-Term Success  Students are comfortable spending time outdoors. They become familiar with native habitats, how to identify plants, their cultural, medicinal and food uses and how to make tools. They also learn how plants and animals in our region use each other for shelter and food. 
Program Long-Term Success  Experiencing wilderness summer camps with Earthroots deeply connects the student with our local environment, ancient survival skills and Native American culture in a fun way. Growing up with an awareness of these topics develops into adults who understand the importance of preserving local environments and the native culture that it is tied to. 
Program Success Monitored By  Program successes are monitored by students completion of various crafts, instructor review and parent feedback.
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Habitat Restoration Program at Big Oak Canyon (Phase 1)

This program takes place at Big Oak Canyon, our 39-acre site in Silverado Canyon.  Big Oak was acquired by Earthroots in 2013 as a dedicated space for nature connection and environmental education programs, providing opportunities for children and people of all ages to engage meaningfully with the land through nature awareness, habitat restoration and sustainable living skills programming.  Participants educational experience will vary over time as the site becomes restored to it's natural state. 

Objectives include restoring the aboveground riparian corridor by clearing the area of invasive plants, transplanting locally sourced native vegetation, implementing ecologically sound erosion control measures, creating a dry-season, low impact camping area for school groups, and providing opportunities for hands-on ecological education for volunteers and ongoing education for future visitors.

Budget  $20,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Population Served General/Unspecified Families Adults
Program Short-Term Success 
After each day of this program, yards of non-native plants will be taken off site, natives will be planted and litter will be removed. Individuals participating in this program will gain skills and confidence in restoring habitat. 
Program Long-Term Success  Before Earthroots purchased Big Oak Canyon, it had several owners over a 200 years period. The center of the property had been developed with 2 homes and outbuildings. Although now removed, the building sites have litter, invasive plants and erosion that needs to be cared in order to return Big Oak to it's pre-developed natural state. 
By engaging the community in the restoration efforts, the long term successes are multiplied. The ultimate changes that will result from this program are the improved habitat at Big Oak Canyon and the educational growth of participants. Participants will learn planting, weeding and restoration techniques that we hope will be used at their own homes, businesses and schools. 
Educational Demonstration site will be created that will reach future visitors. 
Shrewsbury Spring, which flows through Big Oak Canyon, will flow more abundantly and with greater health, improving miles of wildlife corridor. 
Program Success Monitored By  Earthroots Restoration Manager and volunteers will complete an end of program assessment comparing the accomplishments before and after. This will include yards of non-native plants removed, number and species of plants in the ground, number of volunteer hours served and acreage of habitat restored.
Examples of Program Success  Tens of yards of non-native plant material are removed every season of this program. As more non-native and invasive material is removed, and more natives are planted, we are closer to restoring the site to it's pre-developed natural state.
Program participants gain a practical understanding and first hand experience in how to reduce water use, create habitat for native birds, bees and butterflies and create beauty in their own yards by planting natives plants. 

Management


CEO/Executive Director Jodi Levine-Wright
CEO Term Start Jan 2005
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
Jodi Levine-Wright holds a degree in Biology from University of California, Santa Barbara and has brought rich and diverse experiences in outdoor education and leadership to shape Earthroots into what it is today. Formative experiences to creating Earthroots include working with several environmental education organizations throughout the US, traveling to learn from remote tribes in the Ecuadorian Amazon and Africa, studying abroad in Costa Rica with a focus on Agro-ecology, and interning on permaculture farms in Hawaii and California.
 
Her leadership & mentoring style incorporates outdoor, experiences that awaken a sense of connection and stewardship between staff, students and the natural world. Her community building skills create the feeling of a small village within Earthroots staff and programs. 

Jon Young of the 8 Shields Institute has offered his guidance and mentorship to Jodi since 2005. This unique relationship with a seasoned nature connection mentor has offered Jodi and Earthroots profound benefit that continues to ripple throughout the organization.

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Jeannie Lee Director of Programs

Jeannie Lee is a credentialed public school teacher, writer, editor, and mother who has an abiding love of children and the outdoors. She has also worked in outdoor education for Student Hosteling Program in Massachusetts and Naturalists at Large out of Ventura, California. She has taught students and teachers alike for over twenty years, including eight years teaching English, Algebra, and science to middle schoolers. She has also worked training public school teachers to effectively convey information in the classroom. Jeannie’s daughter was homeschooled until the 7th grade and attends UCLA.

Besides her California teaching credential, she has a B.A in English Literature from McGill and an MA in Art Theory and Criticism from Art Center. She is currently enrolled in a Waldorf teacher training foundations program at the Waldorf School of Orange County.

Most recently, Jeannie co-developed and now teaches a Waldorf-style Forest Kindergarten for Earthroots. Jeannie’s 5-year old son, Christian, attends the Earthroots Forest Kindergarten with her.

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Green Ribbon Award (Awarded to the Journey School for the campus improvements including Earthroots Eco-literacy curriculum) United States Department of Education 2013

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Earthroots collaborates with many organizations in Orange County and California.
The Journey School of Aliso Viejo, has been an educational partner since 2009.  The Eco-literacy program was initiated at this Capistrano Unified School District campus, where it continues to be embraced school-wide.

Earthroots values our partnerships with over 30 locations throughout Orange County and Riverside County where we host our weekly programs. These sites include several OC Parks, Pine Manor, wilderness locations, organic farms, beaches and private gardens.

Earthroots has been a member of OneOC for six years and we have benefited by hosting seasonal volunteer groups and receiving in kind donations to help with our efforts at Big Oak Canyon.

Since 2006, Earthroots has been an affiliate of the 8 Shields Institute, which mentors communities world wide in nature connection. 

In 2016, Earthroots became a founding member of the California Association of Forest Schools. This newly formed association trains and supports forest schools state wide. 

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 9
Number of Volunteers 150
Number of Contract Staff 9
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 2
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 7
Male: 2
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Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? N/A
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Rachel Kimball
Board Chair Company Affiliation None
Board Chair Term Apr 2015 - Apr 2019
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Jim Barden Express Employment Professionals Voting
Rachel Kimball Community Volunteer Voting
Joel Levine Community Volunteer Voting
Jodi Levine-Wright Earthroots Field School Voting
Deanna Moore FLOW Foods, INC Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
Aaron Baker Attorney NonVoting
Michael Boone CPA NonVoting
Daniel Francis Community Volunteer NonVoting
Richard Halsey Chaparral Institute --
Meg Hiesinger PhD The Ecology Center NonVoting
Rifka Hirsch Retired NonVoting
Steve Long Retired, San Onofre Foundation NonVoting
Deanna Moore F.L.O.W. Foods NonVoting
Joel Robinson Naturalist For You NonVoting
Jon Young 8 Shields Institute NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 3
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 67%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

Earthroots holds a unique educational approach and is receiving recognition for our methods both locally and nationally. With this comes the desire to spread the educational model and content to others in both locally and outside of our region and for those with lower income. With extra funding, we will be able to scale up our training and outreach, affecting more people beyond our current community. To address this need, we are seeking grants for the Eco-literacy program.
 
We have had great success finding instructors who are dedicated and passionate about environmental education, excited about learning our unique model and experiencing teaching with Earthroots. One challenge in this area has been providing adequate funds to retain professionally qualified educators long term. 
 
As an example, one dedicated instructor with a PhD in a related field and ample teaching experiences found great personal fulfillment teaching with Earthroots, but needed to secure a higher salary with another organization in order to have financial needs met. When Earthroots is able to hire professional educators like this individual long term, our educational programs will be enhanced and students and community will benefit. We are continually reaching out to donors who believe in our vision to support staff development and funding.  

Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

  • Advisory Board / Advisory Council

Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $185,000.00
Projected Expenses $185,000.00
Form 990s

2017 Form 990

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 2014_EarthrootsTaxReturn

2013 2013_EarthrootsTaxReturn

2012 Form 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $154,370 $176,968 $166,166
Total Expenses $157,043 $156,614 $170,095

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$154,070 $173,661 $161,737
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $181 $348 $3,903
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $119 $2,959 --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- $526

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $81,444 $148,994 --
Administration Expense $70,166 $7,620 $170,095
Fundraising Expense $5,433 -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.98 1.13 0.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses 52% 95% 0%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 4% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $103,452 $105,295 $105,748
Current Assets $3,452 $5,295 --
Long-Term Liabilities -- $93,358 $138,039
Current Liabilities $126,986 -- --
Total Net Assets $-23,534 $-11,937 $-32,291

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 0.03 inf nan

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 89% 131%
Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) 0%
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose We are currently in a Capital Campaign to complete the purchase of 39 acre Big Oak Canyon. Accessible to over 1000 schools in OC, Big Oak Canyon is an ideal location for Earthroots nature connection programs and educational field trips. 
Campaign Goal $160,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates Mar 2012 - Dec 2019
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $99,900.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

CEO Comments

The purchase of our 39 acre property in 2013 was a tremendous success for our organization. This acquisition afforded Earthroots a place to create our highest vision of Sustainability and Nature Connection Education. It has also provided a steep growth curve which resulted in financial deficit. During the two years leading to and including the years after we purchased Big Oak Canyon, our organization has relied on loans to continue growing programs while establishing ourselves as property owners, managers & stewards. Looking at our financial bottom line alone, does not reveal the incredible successes of Earthroots during this time. It was during these few years that the Eco-literacy program expanded over 50%, the Forest Kindergarten program has grown three fold, new instructors have been trained and retained, wetland restoration has been initiated at our property and thousands of people have been inspired to connect more richly with the natural world. 
We look forward to the completion of our Capital Campaign and repaying our loans so that we can once again experience the successes of nature connection programming while simultaneously balancing our finances.

Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.

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