Wild Wind Newsletter – April 2018

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Welcome to the Wild Wind


Earth Day/Words to Ponder

From Leslie/Exhibit at AT Museum

2018 Recipients of Kid for the Wild Scholarship


Another trip around the sun and it’s Earth Day once again!


“The  environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.” —Lady Bird Johnson

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”

—John Muir

“A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.” —John James Audubon

“We need the tonic of wildness—to wade sometimes in marshes where the bittern and the meadow-hen lurk, and hear the booming of the snipe; to smell the whispering sedge where only some wilder and more solitary fowl builds her nest, and the mink crawls with its belly close to the ground. At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be infinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” —Henry David Thoreau

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” —John Muir

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” —Albert Einstein

“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.” —Theodore Roosevelt

“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.” —Franklin D. Roosevelt


Greetings to all of you and thanks for continuing to keep up with the Wild Wind Foundation. Here is some news for this year!

First is the upcoming exhibit at the Appalachian Trail Museum .  This  will be a panel display about Walkin’ Jim on the 2nd floor and will be  completed by June 2, National Trails Day.  This is still in the creation phases, so stay tuned !  If you want to check out the AT Museum in Pennsylvania’s Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Gardners, PA

Their web site:


Secondly, we had a number of donations this year to the Kid for the Wild Scholarship.  A group of donations came from  friends  remembering Roger Witham of Danvers, MA.  Jim and Roger were long time friends.  After Roger’s death, his wife Mary Beth and friends listed the Kid for the Wild Scholarship as a suggestion to send donations in memory of Roger.  Roger carried with him a deep love of the natural world and touched many lives and he will be dearly missed.

Many thanks to all of you who have generously contributed to this scholarship fund.

Wishing you all peace in your hearts during this crazy time on our planet.  While stories from  the daily news continue to report a world that feels out of control, we can all find parts of our lives for which we are thankful.



2018 Recipients of the Kid for the Wild Scholarship


1. NaDEET (Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust)… Registered in Namibia as a non-profit trust, NaDEET is a vibrant environmental education organization. At the core of NaDEET’s programs is our environmental education center located on the NamibRand Nature Reserve. Children and adult participants learn first-hand about sustainable living, biodiversity and the balance between humans and the environment. Our environmental literacy and outreach programs complement the Centre’s activities and expand its reach nationwide.

The Bush Telegraph Series       The Bush Telegraph, one of their many projects, is a youth magazine that covers a variety of environmental topics relevant to the Namibian context: recent issues include forests, water, climate change, recycling, light pollution, energy and deserts. The readership of the Bush Telegraph is primarily youth between 10-18 years of age as well as teachers, youth officers and environmental educators.



2. AlpengirlCamp..offers and exciting opportunity to make lasting friendships, camp in tents or under the stars, cook and eat good camp cuisine, enjoy daily yoga and relaxation, challenge yourself physically and mentally, fuel your enthusiasm for wild and scenic places and to experience a larger world.  Alpengirls are  expected to display acts of human kindness and develop and appreciation of individual differences.  There is a huge diversity in the type of people encountered at the camp.  Some will have similar lives outside of camp and others will have very different lives.  Camp can open your eyes to new ways of thinking, to new cultures and to new ways of being.  Alpengirls have open minds and open hearts.  Ireland W of New Prague, Minnesota  and Ava H of Seattle, Washington are both attending an Alpen Girl camp this summer with the aid of a Kid for the Wild Scholarship


3.  Tserings Fund ….Tsering’s Fund was originally established to find deserving children, families and elderly individuals and provide them educational scholarships, medical care and basic living assistance.

Tserings fund found sponsors for Nima Lhamu Sherpa. She had been cast out of her family following her mother’s death and was living with relatives near Mt. Everest, far from her home in the Makalu Region east of there. She is now happy and healthy at Shridewa Boarding School in Kathmandu. Now, one year later, a new phase of the story unfolds. The fund learned about Sange Sherpa who is recovering from horrific frostbite of his hands suffered while working on Mt. Everest last May. They had heard of his ordeal and of all the efforts to bring him to the US for specialized hand surgery. Coincidently , Sange is Nima’s older brother!! These 2 have several younger siblings back in their village.  When the call came out for help with education costs, Kid for the Wild decided to dedicate funding, along with other donors, to support their education.

These children are from the very remote and poor region near Mt. Makalu. Education is very limited there and of such a nature as to be very basic…..reading, writing etc. These kids will get an English education in a much more modern education environment that will teach them science, environmental awareness and the importance of the natural beauty of Nepal. One reason the Khumbu Region near Everest is so clean now is that many Sherpas have gotten better educations and learned the value of conservation and ecology….especially as it relates to the tourist industry.   There is no better investment in the environment of any place on earth than the education of the youth who live in these remote areas.  They learn to love and respect their place on this planet.