If being part of a community means not just gathering with others but caring deeply about others, then Daniela Ortiz is the very picture of community. What did 14-year-old Daniela do? Oh, just baked about 600 cookies and raised thousands of dollars for a local charity.
And this isn’t the first time.
For seven years running, Daniela and her mom, Jill Bernadino, have baked cookies to support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a nonprofit that raises money to commission grants for pediatric cancer research. Last year, Daniela and Jill baked 56 dozen cookies and raised $23,000. This year their goal was to cook up 50 dozen cookies (in 10 different varieties, including a dog cookie) and raise $18,000. And no doubt they accomplished something wonderful. And delicious.
Learn more about Daniela and her cookie-based community efforts here and here.
High Plains Environmental Center’s 2023 Native Plant Sale starts March 31st and will run through September. New varieties of prairie and Rocky Mountain native plants will be added throughout the season as they become available in the HPEC nursery. Native plants help to conserve water and support native wildlife, especially pollinators! Get a sneak peek […]
Join us on Saturday, April 8, 9:00 am – 10:30 am, for a fun and casual interpretive walk between Houts Reservoir and Equalizer Lake, guided by our interpretive guides, Kristin Oles (Restoration Ecologist & Project Manager) or Jack Landen (Lead Field Technician). Learn about the restoration work that has been accomplished, the wildlife that lives […]
Sheila Webber will be guiding a bird walks at Chapungu Sculpture Park on Sunday, April 30. This walk combines two of our favorite things- Art & Birds! Walking will be at a slow pace on approximately 2 miles of level walking paths. Consider bringing binoculars and a field guide to enhance your birding experience. The […]