As a placed-based program we are working on supporting
our local Steh-chass/ Olympia community and ecosystems.
The following are lists of our current efforts.
We are participating in trainings and forums related to diversity and equity in outdoor education. Recent workshops included:
Affirming Gender Spectrum--Molly Lannon Kenny, Cedarsong Conversations 2021
Centering the Indigenous Voice--Tleena Ives and Michelle Johnson, WaNPA Symposium 2020
Beyond Inclusion in Nature-based Early Childhood Education--Khavin Debbs, WaNPA Symposium 2020
Diversifying Your Outdoor Experience- Dr. Michelle H. Martin J. Elizabeth Mills, Natural Start Alliance Conference, 2020
Starting the Conversation: Anti-Racist Early Childhood Education in the Outdoors--Lindie Keaton, Natural Start Alliance Conference, 2020
Planting the Seeds of Social Change Through Nature-based Learning-- Cheryl Ryan, Natural Start Alliance Conference, 2020
WASTE & PURCHASING POLICIES
We prioritize purchasing supplies locally that are non-toxic; long-lasting; organic; recycled; contain little plastic; have no packaging/ recyclable packaging, and are made ethically.
We will join Olympia City Parks to help steward Squaxin Park.
We pick up trash and other waste found on our outings and report any notable issues.
LOCAL BUSINESSES & NON-PROFITS
Ancient Futures works to purchase our supplies first through local businesses. We are also working on building relationships with local non-profits related to stewardship, arts and social-justice.