Sit to Support Kids & Nature

Nature connection is for everyone. Not only those who can afford it.

Pine’s Bursary Fund has never been more critical. The pandemic’s toll on kids’ health and well-being is devastating, with rates of depression and anxiety soaring. Kids need inspiring opportunities to go outside and experience nature’s benefits. But Covid has also hit families financially, with lower-income families disproportionately impacted. Demand for Pine bursaries has nearly doubled since before the pandemic.

We need your help to make sure children have opportunities to play, learn, connect, and heal in nature. Our goal is to raise $22,000 by June 30, 2022 to make sure cost doesn’t prevent kids from accessing transformative nature connection programs. Will you join us?

The Sit-a-thon is a community challenge and peer-to-peer fundraising campaign, in support of Pine’s Bursary Fund. Each spring, amazing individuals like you take the ‘Sit Spot Challenge’. The challenge is simple – commit to sitting quietly in nature for a chosen period of time and inspire friends and family to donate to your sit. The official sit date for Sit-a-thon 2022 is June 19th, but you’re welcome to sit any time in June.

Every dollar raised supports kids from lower-income families to attend our programs. To meet this year’s critical need, a group of generous supporters has come together to make a difference. Thanks to their generosity:

All donations to Sit-a-thon 2022 are automatically DOUBLED up to $8,000, in support of Pine’s Bursary Fund!

There are many ways to support:

  1. Become a Sitter to fundraise for the Bursary Fund
  2. Donate to Sit-a-thon to help kids from lower-income families join Pine’s programs
  3. Help us spread the word about Sit-a-thon, by sharing this webpage, or Pine’s Facebook and Instagram posts with your community
  4. Help us connect with families who could benefit. If you know someone who would love Pine programs but cost is a barrier, tell them about the Bursary Fund!

Interested in being a Sitter? Click “More Info” below to learn about what’s involved or CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP TODAY!

P.S. Why sit in nature? At the Pine Project, we call the practice of sitting quietly in nature a ‘sit spot’. It’s an opportunity to observe and learn from nature without distractions.

Can’t be a Sitter but want to support?

Can’t be a Sitter but want to support?

Make a donation directly to the Sit-a-thon. Every dollar donated goes to Pine’s Bursary Fund, which helps families in financial need join transformative nature connection programs.

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We are deeply grateful for the financial support that has allowed our children to continue with the Pine Project this year. There is nothing quite like it in their lives! My children are more watchful, more observant, braver, and more open to otherness because of the Pine Project. The bursary makes attending possible - what this money allows is ultimately shaping my children, and their children, and our future.

— Parent of two participants supported by Pine's Bursary Fund

Some of our past sitters!

Jen raised $1025 sitting for 5 hours in Taylor Creek Park
Jen raised $1025 sitting for 5 hours in Taylor Creek Park
Tatiana raised $200 sitting for 1 hour by Toronto’s waterfront
Tatiana raised $200 sitting for 1 hour by Toronto’s waterfront
Natasha raised $300 sitting for 3 hours in Huron Natural Area
Natasha raised $300 sitting for 3 hours in Huron Natural Area