Spirit of the Woods

Celebrate the work of Bradford Woods!

We're moving our Spirit of the Woods celebration to an online format this year. While we won't be able to get together in person to celebrate, there are still a few important ways you can help support the impactful work of Bradford Woods in these socially-distanced times. Not sure what we do? Check out our 2019 Annual Report online to find out how we affect nearly 15,000 lives through empowering, engaging, and educational programs each year.

We need your involvement and support now more than ever. Bid on our silent auction items, record a message of how BW has impacted you, or make a donation – even small donations will help us continue our work and will help see us through to the other side of this storm.

Spirit of the Woods is live this week! View our fabulous silent auction items at http://sotw.cbo.io and record a video message of your BW impact story by posting and tagging it with #bwspirit.

Online Auction

Our in-person live and silent auction are moving to an online format for this year! We want to thank the many donors who have given items to help support our mission (see a list below). During the week of April 12-18, we'll be highlighting and auctioning off the donated items. Stay tuned to our social media and ClickBid website to take a look at the great items we have to offer.

View our online auction

Record a Video

Since we won't be together in person, we're asking you – our alumni, campers, and stakeholders – to record a short, 1-minute video describing how Bradford Woods has made an impact on you. Be as creative as you want! You can post your videos with the hashtag #bwspirit or send them directly to Nicholas Hunter-Shields at nyhunter@indiana.edu. We'll be promoting these videos during the week of April 12-18.


For the first time in more than sixty years, our woods are quiet this spring: there are no schools, no fifth graders, and no trail songs. This loss of revenue means our operation is stretched, and we need support now more than ever. You can support our mission by making a general donation to Bradford Woods via the link below. You can also get in touch with us if you'd like to make an in-kind or other donation.


Stories of impact

We're collecting stories of impact about Bradford Woods. First up is a story of impact from Liz Elkas, CEO of Riley Children's Foundation. We also want hear from you! Tell us your Bradford Woods story by recording a video and posting it online with the hashtag #bwspirit or by sending it to Nicholas Hunter-Shields at nyhunter@indiana.edu.

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