Our Current Wish List
The following items represent our most pressing program needs at this time. If you are interested in supporting the Western Foundation, please consider making a donation to address one of these items:
1. Exhibit funding: We are adding more exhibit materials to the WFVZ all the time, and we want them to be around for a long time for the Public to enjoy. Now that we are open to the public every week day, we are really in need of outside funding to assist with the creation of better displays on subjects such as the ecology of birds in our region, the impacts of environmental contaminants, and the history of ornithology. Any donations toward these exhibits would be very helpful!
2. The Bus + Tour Fund: As part of our Education program, we bring low-income elementary, middle, and high school students to visit the museum to learn about bird biology, conservation, evolution, and ecology. We are trying to serve at least 30 schools in Ventura County, especially focusing on students in Oxnard, Santa Paula, and Fillmore who rarely get to take fieldtrips, let alone to visit natural history museums. With your help, we can continue to offer this program to more Title 1 schools.
3. The Ed N. Harrison Scholarship: The WFVZ gives one $300 scholarship annually to graduate students conducting research that will lead directly to the deepening of understanding and conservation of breeding bird species in Latin America. If you are interested in contributing to this fund, please note that 100% of your donation will go toward the scholarship fund. No money will be spent on Western Foundation operating expenses or other projects. In addition, since the Western Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization, any donations made to the Ed N. Harrison Scholarship are tax-deductible.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!! Contact us at 805-388-9944 for more information.