The Hotel provides transportation and lunch to local schools for children to experience butterfly gardens, amphibian exhibits and classes conducted by certified nature guides and biologists. This program helps 82 children from ages 6 through 13 learn more about environment and sustainable practices at the Widlife Refuge at the Hotel. The hotel also collects school supplies to give the children and schools!
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Rulers, Solar Calculators, and Solar Lantern Lights
(English and Spanish) Dictionaries and Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD
(English and Spanish) Alphabet, Math, and Word
(English and Spanish) Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English and Spanish) Age Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math
Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Craft Scissors, Earring Hooks, Gage Wire, and Watercolor Paints
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Printers, and Working Laptops
Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzles, Scrabble and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Castanets, Harmonicas/Kazoos, Tambourines and Triangles
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls and Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, and Sanitary Napkins
Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.