Wildwood Outdoor Education Center, Inc.

Kids grow better outside

LaCygne, KS   |  www.wildwoodctr.org

Mission

We bring kids outside to learn and grow together, transforming summer into a season of learning, youth development, and outdoor adventure for low-income Kansas City area youth.

Ruling year info

1979

Principal Officer

Ms. Robyn Ratcliff

Main address

7095 W. 399th Street

LaCygne, KS 66040 USA

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Formerly known as

Allendale-by-Jingo

EIN

43-1154205

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Camp Wildwood

During the summers, Wildwood combines a traditional summer sleep-away camp experience with innovative programs to prevent summer learning loss including reading and STEM activities. Programming provides experiences in three key learning areas: overcoming challenges, applying science and building community. Each of the sessions serve youth through various community partners in the Kansas City region including schools, community centers and social service agencies. The majority of youth served through summer camps are from the Kansas City urban core. These programs are largely supported through scholarship funds generously donated by foundations, corporations and individuals of the Kansas City community.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children

Wildwood offers a meaningful escape from the brick and mortar for educators and student alike. Take a break from the books and dry-erase boards to engage students in hands-on exploration of the natural world. Bring life into lessons of science, engineering and mathematics. Enhance the overall performance of students through promotion of positive social skills and team-building. Wildwood's state of the art ropes courses introduce problem-solving and team-building in a fun and effective way.  Open to all schools, churches and youth groups, Wildwood will customize a 1-5 day outdoor education program to include activities within three learning experiences: overcoming challenges, applying science and building community. Meal plans and lodging options are available

Population(s) Served
Adults

Wildwood's beautiful natural landscape and quality amenities make it a great venue for events of all kinds. The facilities are available for weddings, corporate retreats or family reunions. No matter the occasion, Wildwood's peaceful environment enhances the occasion for guests and make it an event to remember. Fees paid to Wildwood for facility use go right back into the organization to support outdoor education for low-income youth in our region. Various reservations packages are available that range from tent camping or single-building rental to exclusive property access, including staff and programming.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

American Camping Association (ACA) - Accreditation 2019

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

American Camp Association - Member 2001

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Wildwood aims to solve the problem of summer for Kansas City kids.

During the summer months, many school-year supports disappear. Daily meals, transportation, and supervision evaporates for parents when summer school concludes.

Summer programs can fill the gaps, but a full season of programs cost families, on average, $3,000 per child. Additionally, many summer programs rely on parent transportation (often during work hours), or programs that offer robust services don't reach the families they intend to serve.

With financial, transportation, and awareness roadblocks in parents' way, many KC kids end up indoors, with reduced access to outdoor play, friendships, healthy meals, and learning opportunities.

Wildwood employs several strategies to increase access to summer camp. First, we offer overnight camps on a “pay-what-you-can” scale from $25-550 per session. Next, Wildwood provides free bus transportation to and from camp, with four bus stops across the Kansas City metro. Finally, we work with a network of community partners who inform the families they serve about Wildwood and its benefits.

To ensure each camp session is as impactful as possible, Wildwood

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve campers aged 7 to 17 from across the Kansas City metro, and we collect feedback from campers and their families.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Wildwood Outdoor Education Center, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/14/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Jessica Garder

Burns & McDonnell

Term: 2020 - 2022


Board co-chair

Ms Lisa Barber

Hallmark Cards, Inc.

Term: 2020 - 2022

Linda Freeman

MarksNelson CPAs

Justin Dreier

John Deere Pricing and Incentives

Bob Spake

Polsinelli

Konsta Myrick

KC Fire Department

Lisa Barber

Hallmark Cards, Inc.

Paula Cornwell

Community Volunteer

Mark O'Hara

Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects

Lynn Hiller

Community Volunteer

Clare Powell

Federal Reserve Bank of KC

Mariana Hildreth

University of Kansas Medical Center

T'Nisha Andino

Lee’s Summit School District

Christy Turner

Turner Construction

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/26/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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