Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them.
- Aldo Leopold
Treasures of Oz, Explore the Ozaukee Coast, June 18th, was a huge success and our thanks go out to everyone who made this possible.
Thank you to our sponsors, We Energies, Port Washington State Bank, Junior Woman’s Club of Mequon-Thiensville, Ball Manufacturing, and Wisconsin Coastal Management. Thank you to our 105 donors, most being local businesses who care enough to invest in our community and environment. Thank you to our 150 volunteers who give their energy and expertise to make this day happen smoothly, this year at seven different sites and all at the same time. Thank you to our 36 partner organizations who pool their resources and talent to showcase our treasure sites, especially to the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, Ozaukee County Planning and Parks and Ozaukee/Port Washington Tourism. Thank you to Mother Nature for giving us a perfect day.
We estimate that we have doubled our attendance figures from our first event last year with over thirteen hundred individual or family site visits logged in as people visited some or all of our seven treasure sites. The best part about this event was the number of smiles, the amount of excitement and the positive comments coming from so many people, who were discovering places, that up to then, they had only heard about. About sixty-three percent of the site visits were first-time visits.
Thanks to all of you who helped to spread the word. Many, many people reported learning about this event from a friend or neighbor, and that would be you. Stay in touch with us all year through this website and our facebook page. We will do our best to keep you up-to-date on other environmental events and celebrations.
We welcome your ideas and input, We, together, are Treasures of Oz.
Thank you everyone for making this year a very special event.