The most important aspect of the work of Three Aunties will be providing educational events for the public.
To celebrate the newly-official nonprofit, Three Aunties, and get it off to a rolling start, we plan to hold an environmental networking event. The purpose will be to mix experienced environmental advocates with newcomers as well as with scientists and researchers. We plan to have activities that will help everyone who attends meet one another and learn what the other people are doing or interested in doing. This will let people know whom to contact for assistance and information to further their environmental and research projects.
In addition, we plan to publish a summary of the meeting with each participant stating their specific projects and interests and contact information. This will be made available at no charge on the Three Aunties website. If this event is successful, we will repeat it annually.
The next big event we are planning is a ROOTS festival. This will be a farm and domestic arts workshop patterned after the primitive skills workshops that are cropping up all over the country. See links:
Brain-tan buckskin, flintknapping, and stone age skills (http://www.earthskills.net/main.htm)
ROOTS stands for Reclaiming Our Origins, Traditions and Skills. The purpose is to restore pride in, and cultivate appreciation for, our historical and natural heritage. This will be accomplished through providing opportunities for the teaching and learning of ancient and traditional skills that are being lost. These skills are beginning to be recognized as being important for young people who will live in the world of future decades.
This event aims to restore a sense of place and a positive relationship with our natural surroundings that will help benefit people’s mental and physical health and well-being. This three-day event is planned for late in the year annually, starting in 2013.
Other events will be planned as opportunities arise. Three Aunties may partner with other nonprofit organizations in some of its endeavors.
Besides educational events, the next most important work of Three Aunties is to provide information. Three Aunties may publish articles, books, multimedia electronic publications, apps and newsletters that inform the general public and interested specialists of important research, discoveries, natural occurrences, natural phenomena, and empowering methods of co-existing with nature in a mutually beneficial manner.
Several publications are on the drawing board. These will include blogs, multimedia e-pubs and videos.
To inform people of the imperiled state of some of Florida’s butterflies, Three Aunties is working on obtaining extraordinary photographs of the rarest species and those that may even be extinct. Three Aunties will publish “Wanted” posters with these photographs and pertinent information on them. In addition, we plan to publish the photos and links for further information on T-shirts, cups, etc. through Café Press or another similar outlet, preferably local if we can find one. We may also inform people of our events, and of concepts and ideas associated with the mission of Three Aunties, through this medium.
Three Aunties plans to maintain several blogs that will provide information on events, publications, and nature study topics. These blogs will also link to websites where publications can be found. On the websites and blogs, people will be able to read and download free e-pubs and purchase admission to events. They will also be able to purchase e-pubs, and if available, to order hard copies of Three Auntie’s publications. A preliminary list of Three Aunties' blogs includes:
If we find any possible opportunities to obtain support for the work of Three Aunties through grants from government agencies or private foundations, we plan to take full advantage of these. Possible projects that may be supported once Three Aunties is an official nonprofit would be publicity for Three Aunties’ events on public radio, small grants for use of municipal buildings for nonprofit public events, and some education, research, and conservation grants.
Finally, Three Aunties may work with private foundations and/or government agencies to purchase, preserve, and enhance the biodiversity of environmentally strategic tracts of land in Florida through a Biodiversity and Land Conservation program. Three Aunties would solicit donations from foundations, government agencies, individuals and businesses that are inclined to want to do something to preserve and enhance biodiversity in Florida, and use the funds to facilitate biodiversity preservation.
When possible, Three Aunties plans to use these biodiversity preserves for nature literacy education and research to benefit the public as well as for specialists, land managers, and scientists (such as with the ARC of Appalachia Preserve System at this link:
Hope For the Future
As of this time, Three Aunties plans to accomplish its activities through the volunteer efforts of the Board of Directors, which includes many-talented people with skills, training and experience in computers, writing, biological science, alternative health, nonprofit administration, event planning, and more. The Board of Directors will work with affiliates and other volunteers, and will network with other nonprofits and government agencies, to accomplish this work.
In our different ways, all of us at Three Aunties are praying for a future where our work will be well received, our offerings will be grasped, and our purpose and intentions will be fully supported, so that we can do the work now that we feel is most important for future generations.