In January 2017, The Ridges Sanctuary board of directors and staff initiated a strategic planning process to develop a five-year strategic plan. Integral to the process was recognizing The Ridges greatly expanded footprint, opportunities for new programs, visibility with the opening of the Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center, the exhibits, Hidden Brook Boardwalk, and the restoration of our two historic range lights. With these expanded opportunities and increased visibility have come challenges for developing and allocating staff, volunteer, and financial resources.
In creating the plan, the board focused on laying the foundation for future sustainability of The Ridges. Thus, there is considerable emphasis on understanding, quantifying, and growing the human and financial resources required to efficiently and effectively fulfill the mission of The Ridges. The plan seeks to empower volunteers, engage visitors and members, strengthen relationships with donors, and develop staff, facilities, and operating practices. It also addresses essential needs in land management and research.