The Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center supports both the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center along with the Redwing Pond House Preschool. While our organizations have many wants and needs, our top priorities are:
Continued enhancement of all the playgrounds and equipment for both the Nature Center and Preschool. The original Ansonia Home Grown Playground built in the nineties and was completely replaced last summer. This is a major area where families come to play, and meet other children. The Redwing Pond House Preschool playground needs new low tables and benches for the children to be able to work and build on, a new area for climbing, shading such as an awning made of natural materials, and pea gravel to replenish the play surface and walkways.
Install Fencing around the Ansonia Community Organic Garden located on the Nature Center property.
Install fishing piers and additional boardwalks around the pond for easier access by the Redwing Pond House Preschool and community.
Update exhibits and purchase displays both inside and out to include STEM supplies such as simple machines, pulleys, magnets, ramps, and waterwheels.
I was introduced to the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center ("ANRC") at a very young age. Living at the entrance to what is now the park, I have seen the evolution of the Schreiber Dairy Farm go from herds of cows to a thriving learning center shaping the minds of our youth to appreciate nature and our planet. Many of the fields that I would walk with my father as a child are still used today by the ANRC. While I no longer wake up to that farm smell and hear the sound of cows in the pasture, I have the ability to wake to children playing, watch a soccer game, or sit in on an informative lecture. It was this transformation that led me to get involved with FANCI. I have not looked back since. I am glad I have the ability to work with so many talented people to provide the support needed to aid the continuance of the ANRC and look forward to supporting their needs for many years to come.
Peter Tuccio President, Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center, Inc. ("FANCI")
The preschool program is operated by FANCI as a licensed, preschool for children aged three to five. The children are enrolled annually on the school-year calendar, and attend half-day or full-day classes for two, three, or five days per week. The Redwing Pond House Preschool is a unique option for local families, as there are no similar nature-based preschools in this region.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
The Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center (FANCI) works closely with the Ansonia Nature & Recreation Center (ANRC) and oversees the Redwing Pond House Preschool (RWPH). The ANRC is a municipal park, but depends on contributions from FANCI to maintain its programs and services. FANCI collaborates with the management and staff of the ANRC. In order to complement and support the environmental mission of the ANRC, FANCI opened a high-quality nature-based preschool located on the property of the ANRC. FANCI is the governing board of the RWPH, and the preschool and nature center staff work together to support the missions of both entities.
The difference between the current projected fiscal year income and expenses (approximately $3,400) is due to an additional adjustment to be made for depreciation once the accountant completes the tax return.
Stewardship of our natural resources is essential if we wish to guarantee that present and future generations enjoy clean water, good air quality and open spaces. When you support organizations that protect the environment you address immediate need today while ensuring a greener tomorrow.
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