Biennial Report 2018-2019 - Page 3

Welcome and Thank You Thank you for your commitment to Delaware Nature Society (DelNature). We are pleased to share the 2018-2019 Biennial Report which highlights our achievements these last two years made possible with your support. Founded in 1964, we continue our focus to educate, conserve and advocate to protect and improve the environment, reaching tens of thousands of individuals and families each year. As of the writing of this report (July, 2020), we acknowledge the extraordinary circumstances in which we’re living. From a global pandemic, to the economic challenges and social, racial and cultural inequities, it’s fair to say the past few months have been like no other in recent memory. At this difficult time we believe our work remains as vital today as ever. Nature remains a respite during these difficult times and an important teacher, reminding us to honor our connection to each other and every living thing on this planet as essential to our survival. Our country is having a long overdue reckoning about systemic racism. We recognize that environmental nonprofits have traditionally not been as inclusive or welcoming as we should have been. We are expanding our work to ensure that diversity, equity, justice, and inclusion are interwoven into all that we do. We are challenging ourselves to ask how we can do more to make certain that all people have access to clean water, healthy food, parks, natural areas, and open space, while striving to ensure diverse voices in our community are heard. Outdoor recreational spaces and environmental policy are not exempt from the racism and inequality that is perpetuated throughout the nation, and as a leader in environmental work in our region, we are compelled to take action in this important movement. As a donor, supporter, member, volunteer and friend of DelNature, we welcome your input and involvement as, together, we evolve to meet the needs of our community. We hope you will continue to be inspired by our vision to create healthy, sustainable communities. Coverdale Farm Preserve CSA Fields - Photography by Christi Leeson 3-6 acres converted to biointensive organic growing methods 3