(October 17, 2016) Architectural design and fundraising are well under way. As of October 1, 2016 we have raised $536,450 towards our capital campaign. Architectural documents are complete and in the hands of 4 area builders for bidding process. We hope to start construction in December of this year!
Our mandate is set in stone: No money can be spent until there is money to spend!
Here is an architectural rendering of the proposed vivarium wall that will be a showpiece of our new education center.
Thank you to the foundations, schools, and over 95 individuals who have helped us get this far. We have a few large grant applications submitted, and hopes are still for an early 2017 commencement of construction!
With our small staff and frugal budget, we do not have the financial luxury to hire a professional grant writer, or for that matter a director of development. But none of those titles could likely make this happen:
Our favorite donation raised to-date is from the 2016 3rd grade class from Rooster Springs Elementary School in Dripping Springs, Texas. Dripping Springs Independent School District has been sending elementary students to the Bamberger Ranch for May field trips for over 17 years, having started with just one elementary school campus in 1999 and growing to its current three campuses.
Every year and as a part of an economics lesson plan, 120 third graders from Rooster Springs make small items to be sold to other students, staff, and parents in a make-shift store. Proceeds from the sales go to a chosen non-profit, to further instill a giving ethic with the students. The hand-made items range in price from $.25 to none over $1.00.
Upon learning of this new building, students from the Rooster Springs campus decided to make The Margaret Bamberger Research and Education Center (MBREC) their 2016 recipient.
On April 29, 2016, Rooster Springs invited the Bamberger Ranch staff to their school assembly. In front of over 900 elementary students, staff and parents, 3rd grade representatives reported their results and presented the Bamberger Ranch staff with a check for $2000, all raised for the MBREC. The students had recently returned from their Bamberger field trips; all had a recognition or acquaintance with Bamberger staff.
Many of the students commented that the best part of the day was seeing “Big Steve cry.”
Check out the PowerPoint presentation below that the 3rd graders created to see and hear why they chose Selah.