Two Rivers, WI (October 25, 2016) –Woodland Dunes Nature Center has been selected as a 2016 Cellcom Green Gift recipient. The nonprofit received a $2500 Green Gift from Cellcom to support its Cottonwood Trail program.

The Cottonwood Trail teaches students how Wisconsin animals survive and grow and ultimately starts young children on the learning path of environmental awareness, literacy, and preservation. By the end of fall, more than 600 first grade students from Manitowoc, Brown, Sheboygan and Kewaunee counties will have completed the program.  

“Our 1,300 acre preserve allows students to actively engage with their surroundings. They explore deep into forest ecosystems, walk through wetlands, and meet plants and animals that make Woodland Dunes their home,” said Jessica Johnsrud, our Education Coordinator at Woodland. “By offering the programs at low cost, schools of various economic status across the region may participate in this introduction to nature. The Green Gift from Cellcom is helping us to minimize financial impact for schools and to continue to offer quality educational programs.”

Woodland Dunes Nature Center was among 22 green organizations that received a share of the $37,800 in Green Gifts from Cellcom this year. The Green Gifts program launched in 2010 and uses funds generated from Cellcom’s cell phone recycling program to fund green nonprofit initiatives. Customers and community members can bring in their old or unwanted phones to be reused and recycled. Cellcom sends the phones to recyclers who in return send money to Cellcom for the materials that were saved from the phones. Cellcom’s Green Gift program completes the green cycle that starts with consumers being environmentally-conscious and donating their devices.

The 2016 Cellcom Green Gifts were awarded to non-profits throughout Cellcom’s service area and included Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve (Appleton), Heckrodt Wetland Reserve (Menasha), Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance (Appleton), Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay, NEW Zoo & Adventure Park (Suamico), Greater Green Bay YMCA, River District Development Foundation (Merrill), Northland Pines Farm to School Program (Eagle River), Trees for Tomorrow (Eagle River), Wild Instincts (Rhinelander), Open Door Bird Sanctuary (Sturgeon Bay), Woodland Dunes Nature Center (Two Rivers), Crossroads at Big Creek, Inc. (Sturgeon Bay), Kelly Lake Advancement Association (Suring), Navarino Nature Center, Stockbridge Munsee Community (Bowler), Wisconsin Waterfowl Association (Abrams), The Etude Group (Sheboygan), Bookworm Gardens (Sheboygan), Maywood Environmental Park (Sheboygan), Friends of Mead/McMillan Association (Milladore), and Boys & Girls Club of Portage County (Stevens Point).

Cellcom is proud to support organizations of all sizes, whose work is impacting the community and building a greener tomorrow. The company’s recycling program has generated $266,975 for local charities over the past 13 years.

 

Cellcom is an innovative wireless company that provides nationwide service for its customer base throughout Wisconsin and Michigan, with 60 retail and agent locations. Cellcom is respected for its long-standing reputation of delivering extraordinary customer care, being a strong community partner, and for its renowned network, which is customized to its rural markets. As a subsidiary of Nsight, Cellcom is part of a family of companies offering complete telecommunications services.