Get to Know Us
Protecting Nature & Our Future
Who We Are: A women's collective 501(c)3 charitable non-profit that focuses on protecting urban forests from development.
What We Do: We collaborate on environmental conservation, education & community projects for building resiliency.
Why We Do It: Natural spaces provide habitat for wildlife and places for people to connect, learn & benefit from the nature that we protect together for a better tomorrow.
Protect Wildlife Habitat
Taking action on conservation, restoration, reducing invasive species, and cleaning our forests
Growing healthy communities through education, events, and service-learning opportunities
Learning how to care for our ecosystems, wildlife habitat, and support their regeneration
From seed to harvest, community gardens to food forests, teaching people how to grow food & cohabitate
What’s the Problem?
Habitat Loss. The alarming rate of conversion of forests and open spaces to urban development is a major threat to wildlife habitats and the well-being of our communities.
Social Crisis. With the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on our children's development of social skills, there is a great need and demand for outdoor education and spaces where children can safely play and learn together.
Mental Health. This global pandemic has also resulted in an even greater mental health crisis and access to nature and community connections has been shown to greatly improve mental and emotional well-being.
What are we doing about it?
As a group of concerned mothers and professionals, we've created the Community Nature Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a mission to protect urban forests from the threat of development. We collaborate with outdoor education programs to provide equal access to nature-based learning opportunities and family-friendly events for the community.
We are learning to take better care of ourselves, our communities, and this one precious planet.
Fern Gully Forest
Our first conservation and education project!
Help Us Save this Vital Urban Forest!
Help us save Fern Gully Forest for the wildlife, the children, and the future! This has been an unofficial community forest on the east side of the City of Olympia for many generations. The two acres of beautiful, mature forested slopes are owned by a development company.
The vision is to protect the forest and have public access for the greater community to enjoy the beauty of nature, wildlife habitat, and ancient cedar tree groves. We are partnering with Fern Gully School to provide equal access to outdoor education programs that encourage children to learn through play, observation, and connection with nature.
The first goal is to raise the funds to protect the two acres of forest that are the most vulnerable to development. The second goal is to educate and collaborate on restoring the forest ecosystem from decades of degradation. We also aim to ensure the conservation of an additional acre of connected forested wetlands and part of a creek that flows to the Puget Sound.
Thank you so much for being a part of saving the forest and cultivating resilient communities with children that are well-educated, resourceful, creative, and connected to the wisdom and medicine in nature.
Make a Difference in the Community and the Environment for Future Generations.
Believe in what we do and want to be a part of it? Feel that you have what it takes to start turning dreams into a reality? We’re sure you belong here at the Community Nature Foundation. We love meeting people who share the same values as us. Get in touch today and join us in making a long-lasting impact.