From the very beginning, the team at Barnacles & Bees has been intentional about building an outdoor learning community committed to bringing families together in nature. We forged our mission, defined our organizational values and honed our ideas around this commitment. We met countless times to discuss and refine. But what we also understood is that we can’t achieve the goals of our organization without also understanding and incorporating the needs and ideas of the community that we wish to serve.
Last June, our team hosted its first community meeting and invited prospective parents, community leaders, early learning professionals, park staff and more to weigh in on how Barnacles & Bees could work to achieve our mission. We presented our vision for Bremerton and what we hoped to accomplish through our programming. Here is the link to our presentation.
In addition to our presentation, we also sought new and unique ideas for incorporating our five value pillars (Community & Inclusion, Confidence, Curiosity, Creativity, Conservation) into our curriculum and operations. The second half of the meeting was a workshop and interactive breakout session where we invited participants to weigh in on our ideas, mission and vision. Through the lens of each of our five values - we asked:
We really appreciate the following groups for attending and bringing their ideas to the table and wanted to share these ideas with our greater learning community. Special thanks to Washington State Parks, Bremerton School Board, Holly Ridge Center, Kitsap Regional Library, Kitsap Community Resources, and individuals like Courtney Weaver, Shawnee Scott, Steve & Julie Algiere, Hugh Willa, Ryan Cockrel for bringing your incredible insight and expertise to the table. We look forward to making more amazing connections in the community and incorporating ideas from our first meeting into the work that we do at Barnacles & Bees.
KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM OUR COMMUNITY MEETING & WORKSHOP
We hope to work towards implementing these ideas and will continue to seek funding for our programs so that all families in Bremerton can find their place in nature. Everyone belongs in nature together.
Post written by Krystal Meiners.