Sierra Nevada Journeys' 2016 Annual Report

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
— William Butler Yeats

At Sierra Nevada Journeys, we use science and the outdoors to build our next generation of STEM-based workforce and environmentally literate citizens. Our focus on elementary-aged students gives us the opportunity to build a life-long passion for science and the outdoors, and we are inspired by seeing this spark ignited in our students. 

To broaden our impact, we have expanded program offerings across first through sixth grade, starting a new office in Sacramento, and professionalizing Sierra Nevada Journeys’ fundraising efforts to underpin our growth and student accessibility. We also grew our programs to serve the demand from our communities, and are now serving more than 20,000 students annually. 

As our programs continue to grow, we are committed to community-wide accessibility. Fueled by the generous support of our donors more than 55 percent of the children we served in 2016 came from low-income households. As we look to the future, we are eager to deepen current partnerships and add new supporters to engage with our mission.

In 2017 Sierra Nevada Journeys turns 10 years old and our team will serve our 100,000th student. We are proud of the impacts our team members and supporters have made during the past decade and are enthusiastically looking forward to our next decade of service.

We could not have thrived since our inception without the engagement and support of our stakeholders, financial partners, volunteers and gifted professional team. We are grateful to our Board of Trustees for their commitment, contributions and wisdom. Through our work together, we are preparing our region’s next generation of leaders, scientists and stewards.


Mark Burrell and Eaton Dunkelberger


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