Muddy Sneakers

Muddy Sneakers is an environmental education non-profit that partners with public elementary schools to bring fifth graders onto protected lands in their community. Our low-cost model allows us to provide high-quality outdoor experiential education to a diverse cross section of students. Muddy Sneakers provides a core foundation of science knowledge with a curriculum that is deeply intertwined with state standards. Over the course of a year of programming and multiple ‘learning expeditions,’ the Muddy Sneakers experience seeks to cultivate a love of inquiry and a lifelong bond between children and the natural world.  Based in Brevard, Muddy Sneakers has deep roots in Western North Carolina, with more than 10 years of experience programming in Transylvania County. The Lake Toxaway Charities Community Sponsorship funding has assisted in covering the teacher training, enrichment materials and programming expenses for Muddy Sneakers to take students off-site to locations such Gorges State Park, Panthertown Valley, DuPont State Recreational Forest, Pisgah National Forest, and privately protected lands under conservation easement within the Richland Ridge community.

Learn More:   https://muddysneakers.org/

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Volunteer Opportunity – Fall Book Fair at Rosman Elementary School

Volunteer opportunity at Rosman Elementary  Book Fair 10/10-10/14 between 8:30 AM – 2:45 PM plus some after school hours to allow parents to shop with their children. Please download the attached flyer for full details. Contact: Saunders Grommesh, Volunteer Coordinator at 469-569-2314 or saunderv@hotmail.com for more information or to register as a volunteer.

Smart Start of Transylvania County

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Let’s Go Boys and Girls Inc.

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Lake Toxaway Community Club

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Friends of Gorges State Park

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Centro Comunitario Hispano Americano

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