Rena Ann Stricker
I believe that one of the greatest threats to the human spirit is disconnection to nature, and one of the greatest threats to nature is disconnection of people to our natural world. Growing the conservation movement to future generations by connecting them to wilderness experiences is my passion. Wilderness Works gives me the opportunity to go beyond my career ethic of “people saving nature” – expanding my heart strings and impact with “nature saving people”. To witness our campers who suffer chronic homelessness and live in the toughest zip codes in our city, take on challenging wilderness treks experiencing God in nature is a joy that imprints my heart and bolsters their fortitude to make it in this world.
“There is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.” – Henry David Thoreau
I enjoy spending my time volunteering for a few non-profit organizations. I also volunteer for various events at my daughter’s school along with school/club sporting events. I love to workout and enjoy reading in my spare time.
I was first introduced to Wilderness Works by my husband, whose Kiwanis Club is a big supporter of Wilderness Works. A couple of year’s ago I joined the Board.T he work that Bill Mickler has done for more than 20 years with the homeless and disadvantaged children in Atlanta is so impactful and beneficial. My husband and I have been supporters of Wilderness Works for many years now, and have seen, first hand, the incredible impact that Wilderness Works has on the children.
“Nothing is IMPOSSIBLE. The word itself says ‘I’M POSSIBLE!‘” –Audrey Hepburn
I spend much of my personal time working with local non-profits and volunteering in the community. I believe that each person owes it to their community to be plugged in and contributing to positive change that serves needs of all our neighbors. In addition to work, volunteer and board service, I enjoy spending time with my husband David and our dog Apple. We enjoy mountain biking, traveling and doing puzzles on Sunday morning! I support Wilderness Works because I deeply appreciate the ability to step into nature and connect with the world around me. All children should have access to enjoy nature and Wilderness Works brings that experience to children.
“Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better” – Albert Einstein
Any of my free time and 90% of all vacation time is spent outdoors. Running, golfing, paddle boarding, hiking, sailing cycling and camping!
Since early childhood, exploring the outdoors and being part of nature has always been core to who I am. From simply growing tomato plants on my back porch to hikes through the Grand Canyon, I’m never more whole with my faith and with myself than when I’m experiencing these wonders. Being able to share this gift of the earth with children who may otherwise not have the opportunity is a fantastic way to “pay forward” my gratitude. And, Wilderness Works is the perfect organization for delivering this gift of the outdoors to our underserved children.
My mom gave me my foundational words to live by: “Mignon, only you can make you happy.”