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Jeffers Board of Directors

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Mike Fairbourne

VP & Assistant Secretary
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Galen Erickson

Director of Communications
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Suzanne Fuluvaka

CAO/Board Secretary
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Dr. David Grack

Director of Educational Programs

Jeffers Advisory Board of Directors

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Sil Pembleton

Associate Director of Education
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Cara Rieckenberg

Jeffers Advisory Board
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Anna Dutke

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Jeffers Directors Emeritus

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Paul W. Oberg

Former CEO
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Dar Fosse

Former Board Secretary
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Dr. Tom Westerhaus

Former Director of Education

A Message from Paul Oberg, former Chairman of the Board

A principle mission of Jeffers Foundation is to “foster environmental stewardship through education”. We at Jeffers have found that environmental stewardship cannot be ‘taught” but can only be “inspired”. Therefore, Jeffers has adopted a practice for our professional development workshops consistent with the “scientific method” in which ‘hands-on”, experiential learning is supported by teaching careful observation techniques using all our senses reinforced by journaling your observations with drawings and words in notebooks.
In close collaboration with local teachers, Jeffers has developed teaching support materials and programs available through this website and free of charge to those who participate in one of our workshops.

Jeffers Pond

Jeffers Foundation came into being as a result of a bequest from Bob Jeffers who owned and developed property in Prior Lake, Minnesota. A significant portion of the property was a hilly terminal moraine with a beautiful small, deep lake surrounded by pristine woods. As the property was developed, Bob desired that these beautiful natural areas be preserved for physical, spiritual and psychological renewal as well as for the education of all who visit.
Jeffers Pond welcomes you to its paths, vistas and special places to experience and enjoy nature, to learn, refresh and renew.

Jeffers Guiding Principles

Educated Children

Earth’s Best Environmental Stewards

It is our conviction at Jeffers Foundation that teaching children in and about the out-of-doors is an essential element in their learning to love nature and become responsible earth stewards. It follows that a major mission of Jeffers Foundation is to encourage and make possible for young people experiential outdoor education. We,therefore, support initiatives which encourage the establishment and development of Outdoor/Environmental Education Programs. We support teachers, with professional teacher development workshops, programs and materials designed to help young persons learn to love and be responsible for the world they live in.

Nature Preserved

Special Places to Share and Enjoy

At Jeffers Foundation, we reverence places such as Jeffers Pond for their healing, restorative and educational value. We therefore, reached out to several such natural "islands" in the world around us and secured them for future generations with conservation easements to be maintained by a suitable nonprofit entity which will make available forever and for everyone their special qualities and attributes.

Productive Partnerships

The Synergy of Like Minds and Diverse Means

Jeffers Foundation is only one resource. There are many others who have similar goals. We wish to establish productive partnerships with as many of these as possible to accomplish our mission. We seek to foster and support networks of like-minded organizations and individuals. We will partner with all who have as their goal the outdoor/environmental education of children and the preservation of natural settings. We desire to be a catalyst in creating synergistic relationships which involve partners at the local, state, and national level.