Great Blue Heron Fund
The Vermont Wilderness School started the Great Blue Heron Fund in the Spring of 2011. The Fund opened with $5,000 from the School’s Annual Fund, and accepts donations specifically for the Fund.
The goal of the Great Blue Heron Fund is to provide financial assistance to individuals who wish to participate in programs offered through Vermont Wilderness School by the wide variety of instructors and community initiatives, but who require more financial assistance than the specific program is able to provide.
When seeking a sign for the "tribe" name at Oyase Community School in the Fall 1999, a Great Blue Heron flew over the circle of youth and adults. Repeatedly since then, whenever various folks associated with Vermont Wilderness School thought it might be time to change our "totem," a Great Blue Heron has appeared again. As the Great Blue Heron has taken care of us, we are seeking to take care of each other and enable people whose participation is blocked by finances to be able to participate.