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Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 7:25 PM EDT
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Friday, December 31, 2021 at 8:25 PM EST

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John Bunker Sands Wetland Center 
655 Martin Lane
Combine/Seagoville, TX 75159
 

 
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John DeFillipo 
John Bunker Sands Wetland Center 
972-474-9100 
jdefillipo@wetlandcenter.com 
 

 JBS 2.0

Expanding Our Horizons Capital Campaign 

 

The John Bunker Sands Wetland Center is launching a capital campaign to raise $250,000 to reach our $650,000 goal to expand our facilities by the summer of 2021. Since 2018, we have raised over $400,000 from 10 private foundations and companies. Our greatest need before the COVID crisis was to double student capacity from 60 to 120 students per day.  NOW with the COVID crisis, we have a GREATER need to increase our space to safely welcome 50 students a day in a safe socially spaced environment.

Please support our capital campaign to increase conservation literacy and prepare our organization to be THE prime outdoor destination and environmental education center in North Texas.

Environmental Education at Risk  

According to a 2020 policy brief “A Field at Risk: The Impact of COVID-19 on Environmental and Outdoor Science Education” (hyperlink underlined title to the PDF of the Policy Brief) by the University of California Berkley, the Environmental Education field is as risk. Environmental and outdoor science organizations are an essential and irreplaceable part of the nation’s larger educational system. JBS and other organizations face devastating losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our field therefore needs targeted, coordinated and systemic financial support to mitigate the impact of this crisis. Paradoxically, despite its human horrors, COVID-19 shines a light on the value of outdoor education to our society. By connecting schools with the Wetland Center and other outdoor learning sites, we can ensure that all learners have access to these memorable places and experiences. These organizations offer solutions to seemingly insoluble challenges faced by schools seeking models to equitably reopen.  Organizations like the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center must have a seat at the table alongside other elements of the U.S. educational system when local, state, and federal conversations occur about funding priorities, health policies and guidelines for social distancing in education. By acting now, we have a chance to ensure the benefits of environmental and outdoor science education for all.

The Wetland Center is launching a capital campaign to raise $250,000 to reach our $650,000 goal to expand our facilities by the summer of 2021. Since 2018 we raised over $400,000 from 10 private foundations and companies. Our greatest need before the COVID crisis was to double student capacity from 60 to 120 students per day.  NOW with the COVID crisis we have a GREATER need to increase our space to safely welcome 50 students a day in a safe socially spaced environment.

Please support our capital campaign to increase conservation literacy and prepare our organization to be THE prime outdoor destination and environmental education center in North Texas.

Facility Expansion and Green Building Targets

We have engaged with Good Fulton and Ferrell (GFF Architects), the original architect of the Center, to design our expansion to blend in with the current facilities and occupy the least amount of land while doubling visitor capacity.

Our 5,700-foot expansion will include:

  • 2 enclosed smart technology classrooms, totaling1,400 square feet
  • 1 enclosed restroom/storage structure, totaling 700 square feet
  • 1 flexible outdoor amphitheater and terrace, totaling 2,500 square feet
  • 1 flexible outdoor stage/classroom, totaling 900 square feet

Green Building Components:

  • Low emissivity double-pane windows to reduce energy consumption
  • Operable windows to allow fresh air during the spring and summer months
  • Low-water consumption plumbing fixtures, 1.3-gallon flush, motion-sensitive sinks
  • HVAC equipment with SEER rating of 15 or higher
  • Separate HVAC controls for group adjustments in each new enclosed space
  • Use of prefabricated grain silos for classrooms and restroom to reduce building expense and blend into historic uses of ranch/wetland
  • Shading at the silo classrooms’ south and west exposures to limit summer exposure and maximize winter exposure
  • Drought tolerant native landscaping
  • Sanitary discharge treatment and dispersal back into surrounding landscape
  • Bio-swale positioning around parking area to reduce storm runoff

Green Building Targets:

  • Facility construction to start by October 2020, completion by April 2021
  • Budget $650,000 raised to date: $430,000. Needed to raise: $220,000
  • COVID student numbers – 48 students a day – 4,000 students per year
    • Social spacing, CDC guidelines, staff/volunteers/teachers safety training
    • Post-COVID Student Numbers – 120 students a day – 10,000 students per year  
    • Special event and wedding rentals available in summer 2021
    • 10 additional volunteers recruited and trained by March 2021 for increased visitors