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April 22, 2010

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April 22, 2010

I thoroughly enjoyed volunteering at Raccoon Creek. The drive out there was beautiful, the land itself and water are absolutely stunning, and I loved interacting with both the kids and the other volunteers. I'm an environmental studies student, and this volunteer opportunity gave me invaluable experience. The nature programs are very well developed, the kids are actually out in nature and not crammed in some classroom. Plenty of activities involving wildlife and other things kids find fascinating is a thoroughly enjoyable experience for all involved! I definitely hope to do more important work with Raccoon Creek in the near future.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

volunteering there, and helping to play a valuable part in nature education.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not suggest anything, I'm very happy with how it's run.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the energy and enthusiasm they bring to every single aspect of their work.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very friendly, and welcome to others coming to help them and participate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

perhaps do a lot more educational programs with the local schools, and do some more research on the AMD problem.

Ways to make it better...

probably if the day camp events were moved an hour later, 10 a.m. is pretty early for everyone, especially young children, on a Saturday.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

mainly, the acid mine drainage problem, which unfortunately can't realistically be permanently fixed for a very long time.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I hope that Raccoon Creek continues to receive its grant money, and function for many more decades.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 18, 2010

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April 18, 2010

My experience with The Raccoon Creek Partnership has been great. I'm just beginning to become more involved with the organization, but so far, I've met many involved and enthusiastic members and board members. The board includes people with a diverse range of skills and expertise, and they seem to work together very well to organize events and projects. Everybody involved has something to offer, and new members or volunteers feel welcomed. The day camps offered by RCP are a wonderful way to give educational and fun experiences to kids while also spreading the word about the importance of protecting the watershed. As a volunteer, it was really great seeing kids get excited about nature and outdoor exploration. The work of RCP has contributed much to the improvement of the watershed, and it sets a great example of how collaboration can promote education, recreation and ecological restoration in the region.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always warm, kind, and dedicated to their work. They are very open to new faces becoming involved with the organization, and provide many ways to get plugged in.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 15, 2010

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April 15, 2010

Specifically we have participated and learned about bats, owls, macroinvertebrates, wildflowers, fish, etc...with my two sons at the Raccoon Creek Waterloo Aquatic Education Center. This 1000-acre wildlife area and Center provides a great way for my kids (from the city) to have access to learn about their environment. They can run around outside, hike, play in the pond, explore their world in a safe way. We live on a lot in town and have nowhere for the kids to get this experience. The RCP is doing a great job at providing an outlet for kids who don't have nature in their backyards a chance to connect with the real world. Thanks!

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

restore 50 miles of stream, providing the local community an even more awesome resource to explore, connect, and enjoy now and into the future.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 15, 2010

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April 15, 2010

At the day camp, there were plenty of young ones eager to get outside and explore ther natural surroundings. RCP had all sorts of tools ready for just that. D-nets, kick nets, little nets, all different types of containers and identification cards were the primary tools of exploration. We hiked back to the lake, and after a brief demo, the kids were off like wildfire, set to discover the creatures living in and near the water. I have rarely seen so much excitement! Watching the expressions of the kids and the RCP volunteers interact with them warmed my heart. It encouraged me to do what I can to create such experiences for our community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the impacts of their youth programs. Campers return, bring friends, and continue to explore.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

offer more frequent programs.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

getting outside to connect and discover!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, helpful, and full of knowledge!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world one child and one creek at a time.

Ways to make it better...

we would have had more time.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

staffing. Those leading programs are primarily volunteers and I know they'd love to have a coordinator there all the time.

One thing I'd also say is that...

RCP is awesome!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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