cottonwood trail program in woods

Two Rivers, WI (November 2, 2017) – Woodland Dunes Nature Center & Preserve has been selected as a 2017 Cellcom Green Gift recipient. The organization received a $2000 Green Gift from Cellcom to support place-based environmental education.

“It’s exciting to work with children in nature, and research supports the fact that it’s extremely beneficial to their development,” said Jessica Johnsrud, education coordinator at Woodland Dunes. “David Sobel, an education author, finds that place-based education fosters students’ connection to place and creates vibrant partnerships between schools and communities. He also finds that it boosts student achievement and improves environmental, social and economic vitality. Place-based education helps students learn to take care of the world by understanding where they live.”

The Green Gift from Cellcom will support the Cottonwood Trail program, which brings first graders in Manitowoc, Brown, Sheboygan and Kewaunee counties to Woodland Dunes and teaches them in the place-based system. In 2017 Woodland Dunes provided 1,800 hours of environmental instruction, based on the Wisconsin Model of Academic Standards, and positively influenced 600 first graders.

“Coming to Woodland Dunes allows students to bond with nature. Once that connection is built, a desire to protect it will follow and shape the way they view conservation strategies as our future leaders,” said Johnsrud.

Woodland Dunes Nature Center & Preserve was among 33 green organizations that received a share of the $44,000 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.

“Our service area is fortunate to be teeming with non-profits that are creatively using their resources to help the environment though education and activism. Donating your phone allows us to contribute to their efforts through our Green Gifts program and ultimately work toward a greener tomorrow,” said Brighid Riordan, director of public affairs and customer experience initiatives at Cellcom.

Visit Cellcom’s website for the full list of award recipients. 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 $310,975 for local charities over the past 14 years.

Cellcom is an innovative wireless company that provides nationwide service for its customer base throughout Wisconsin and Michigan, with more than 50 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.