Wellborn Ecology Fund

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The Wellborn Ecology Fund serves to increase knowledge about the environment, ecology, and natural history of the Upper Valley through support of experientially-oriented programs that focus on the region’s people, schools, institutions, and communities.

The fund was established through a bequest by the late Marguerite Wellborn, a former Hanover resident and avid naturalist with an enduring passion for studying and protecting the natural world. Learn more about Marguerite Wellborn.

The Wellborn Ecology Fund supports programs that provide Upper Valley residents with the knowledge, experience, skills, and understanding necessary to make informed decisions and take useful actions aimed at protecting and sustaining the natural systems of the region. The fund also supports professional and leadership development, peer learning circles, the annual Wellborn Ecology Conference, a quarterly e-newsletter, a weekly article series on natural-history topics, and other initiatives to build capacity for high-quality ecology education in the Upper Valley.

Since its inception in 2001, the fund has awarded grants totaling more than $3 million to nearly 100 organizations and programs. To examine the impact of our work over that time span, we conducted an analysis of the impact of the Wellborn program, including independent reviews of the Wellborn grantmaking program, week-long leadership retreats, and the weekly article series “The Outside Story”. As a result of this review and analysis, starting in 2013 and continuing for the next three to five years, the Foundation will focus grants and other resources to increase access to high-quality place-based ecology education in schools, with particular emphasis on K-8 education in underserved NH school districts, such as Claremont, Mascoma and Newport. 

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