Dinner in the Woods 2024



An incredible night in support of connection with, and care for, the planet.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Dinner in the Woods – in person or virtually – on Saturday! We were overwhelmed by all the amazing energy, smiling faces, and outpouring of love for IslandWood!

“No matter which of our programs that our children participate in – whether it’s on the island or across the water – they love IslandWood because of that sense of discovery. That sense of wonder. That sense of exploration we provide.”

– Megan Karch, IslandWood CEO

“Because of IslandWood, children will understand the connection they have with the land and waters. They will be reminded of their inherent ability, capacity and power to change the world.”


– Chasity Malatesta, IslandWood Board Member

This video written and narrated by Kimball Elementary students, shares the experience of one class learning about, growing, and releasing salmon as part of our Salmon in the Schools program.

“I invite you to recognize that what’s happening here at IslandWood is magical, essential, beautiful and important.”

– Tia Nelson

Teachers Karrie Coombe and Chantal Fleck of Emerald Heights Elementary took an IslandWood professional development course about climate change. This video shares the amazing story of what happened when they brought their learnings to their classes and their students got busy making change in their community.

“I learned a phrase recently called…RADICAL OPTIMISM. IslandWood is about radical optimism – because all of us here tonight are giving our time and resources to make a difference in the lives of kids and teachers.”

– Debbi Brainerd, IslandWood Founder

Thanks to the incredible generosity of this community, Dinner in the Woods raised the most support in our history — $1,294,505! This undoubtedly means we’ll be able to reach even more children, educators, and community members with meaningful learning experiences next year!

Save May 3, 2025 for our next Dinner in the Woods and let’s have all the fun again!

Thanks to our sponsors for supporting IslandWood. We are so grateful for you!