A word about our pricing...
From time to time we hear concerns about the cost of our summer programs, and we absolutely understand that there's a lot to consider when choosing outdoor experiences for your children. Please know that we think very carefully about our pricing and are sensitive to the needs of our many loyal families. As we consider our program delivery costs, we also compare our rates to the comparable cost per hour of other summer and school-year programs in our community. We invite you to do the same. It's a fact that we charge between $12 and $14 per program hour, which we believe is an incredible value, especially when you consider that many of our summer programs take place on boats... and as you can trust, U.S. Coast Guard inspected passenger carrying vessels are expensive platforms on which to run programs. Nearly one-third of our annual operating budget is spent on boats, and programs fees do not fully cover our cost of operations.
Since 2014, charitable contributions and philanthropic support has made it possible for Merrohawke to award $83K in scholarship support for youth to attend Merrohawke programs, both summer and school year. We are actively working to secure additional philanthropic support in order to be able to offer even more full and partial scholarships, as well as to offset our reliance on program fees alone to support the organization.
We are here to work with you
Please don't be shy. We are committed to providing meaningful nature education for youth regardless of family income. Anyone who can demonstrate a full or partial need is encouraged to apply. Thanks to the generosity of corporate and individual donors, awards are available in full and partial denominations. No child has ever been turned away for financial reasons.
You may also email Kate Yeomans for more details or call 978-463-2233.