project leader
Linda R
Parks & preserves throughout the region
(Hudson Valley, NY)
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Received our 501(c)(3) status!

the project

We organize community volunteers to find, grow and plant local native plants in forests that need them while fostering a culture of ongoing stewardship. We run volunteer workdays to sow seeds and plant the native plants we’ve grown in restoration sites in the Hudson Valley. We help restore the biodiversity of the forests in our local parks and preserves. Your support will help us get the project kicked off in our first year.

the steps

  • We have already begun holding volunteer workdays to plant seedlings. So far we have over a dozen volunteers growing more than 1,500 native plants. We need your help to carry us forward and do even more.
  • This fall we will have planting days to start restoring sites at two of our partner preserves and we will begin collecting seed across the Hudson Valley region to sow and grow for next year.
  • We will also be assessing new partner preserves for our next restoration sites.
  • This winter we will be applying for 501(c)3 status with the IRS to become our own organization.

why we're doing it

Forests in our region are suffering. They are subjected to multiple harsh stressors such as invasive species, deer browse, and development that have caused their degradation. But we urgently need to help preserve and care for our forests because forests help us combat climate change and hold some of the richest biodiversity of life in the Hudson Valley.

That's where the Wild Woods Restoration Project comes in to lead community volunteers in growing local native plants for forest restoration. We help volunteers take an active part in restoring their local forest and its wildlife.




Wild Woods Restoration Project Inc – Budget for ioby  2022-2023

$5,200 -  Organizational expenses (fees, insurance, licenses, web site, domain names, branding design, memberships, etc).

$5,300 -  Program Supplies and Equipment (soil, pots, tools, bins, landscape materials, tags, T-shirts, flagging, signs, etc.)

$2,000 -  Mileage reimbursement (mileage, tolls, parking, or other travel expenses)

$8,000 -  Facilities (shelving, greenhouse, growing area)

$1,000 -  Office Supplies (business cards, pens, paper, staples, clips, postage, printer ink, software, etc.)

$250 -     Education, Conferences

Total:  $21,750

TOTAL RAISED = $18,551.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $556.53




$2,000 to cover running our website, insurance for volunteer events, volunteer tracking software, and office expenses for the first year.

$6,000 covers all the supplies we need for the fall including soil, pots, trays, planting equipment and tools, seed collection, processing and storage supplies and equipment.

$2,000 for travel expenses for seed collecting trips and transport of supplies and tools to and from volunteer potting up days and planting days.

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $543
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)

Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised by this campaign.



Received our 501(c)(3) status!

On Thursday January 26, 2023 we received our 502(c)(3) tax-exempt determination letter from the IRS.

Check out photos of our volunteers and their seedlings on Facebook

Check out our Facebook for a post with photos of our volunteers and their seedlings

3,500 seedlings potted up!

Yesterday we wrapped up our first season of potting seedlings. Now we just wait for our little ones to develop a strong root systems before our fall restoration planting days. We had 30 volunteers dedicate 141 hours to pot up over 3,500 seedlings this year. What a great accomplishment!


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


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