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Our Mission as Wild Keepers

Wild Keepers are on a mission to pick up trash outside, make a positive impact on the outdoor spaces that we enjoy, have fun doing it as a part of a larger community of Wild Keepers, and inspire others to do the same.

The Wild Keeper Program

Once you've been accepted as a Wild Keeper Ambassador, you do not need to re-apply for any upcoming terms as long as you follow all requirements (review the requirements  here).

If being an ambassador no longer suits you, no problem! Just direct message a mentor or Bri in Slack.

Impact Days

Impact Days are once a month.

On these days, Wild Keeper Ambassadors flood Instagram with the positive impact you’ve been making throughout the past month.

Each Impact Day, there are (optional) Impact Day Themes to get your creative juices flowing (check them out below!) and Impact Day Giveaways as a special thank you for all the hard work you put in to help keep nature wild.

You don't have to pickup trash on Impact Day

you just need to postyour impact photo on Impact Day!

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Before Impact Day

Pick up trash at any point before or on Impact Day (at a park, neighborhood, trail, urban area, anywhere!)

2. Snap a Photo

Snap a fun photo of you and your trash haul to save and post on Impact Day!

You can do this precisely with an scale or guesstimate your weight. A KNW trash bag weighs between 5-15 lbs depending on micro trash or regular, bulky trash!

On Impact Day

1. Grab Photo + Hashtags

Grab your super-cute Impact Day photo from your cleanup! Always include these hashtags in your post: #impactday + #keepnaturewild + #wildkeepers so we can help celebrate your impact!

Use the caption to talk about why it's important to Keep Nature Wild! For inspo, check out the Wild Keeper Social Media Kit or use the monthly Impact Day theme below!

3. Record Your Impact!

IMPORTANT: Record your impact on the Impact Form—this is the only way we know how much trash you actually picked up!


#Impactday Dates + Themes

#1 May 27th // Help Your Mother Out

Let's take care of our ultimate Mother - Mother Earth! With Mother's Day this month, let's celebrate them hand in hand through nurturing your outdoor spaces by picking up litter, plant a garden, plant attractors to bring in butterflies and pollinators, recycle what you can and use reusable bottles instead of plastic!

 

#2: June 24th   //   Nurture Our Nature!

Calling all Nature Lovers! Our 30 Day Challenge was such a success, we wanted to share this theme with you too. Take some time to go out this month and observe native and invasive species in your area. Look up the native plants in your area and ones that are not meant to be there. Research what an invasive species is and why it is so dangerous to your surrounding natural spaces! What to do this month? Research your close surroundings and what a native v. invasive species is, plant a native species, volunteer to remove invasive species, soak up an outdoor space near you by justbeing outside! A deep breath in an outdoor space is important! Remove litter from outdoor spaces, these plants and ecosystems will thank you!

#3: July 29th //  Summer Splash!

Let’s show some love to our local water sources and ways to be more mindful and sustainable. Look up where your local water comes from, how far away from you is it? How far does your water source travel to get you what you need? How much water does your area use for agriculture, landscaping, pools and more? Let’s think of ways to sustain our water:Plant a rain garden for catching stormwater runoff from your roof, driveway, and other hard surfaces, Use a low flow shower head and faucet aerators, turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth, use pasta/cooking water to water your plants, use reusable water bottles and let’s not forget — picking up litter when we see it so it doesn’t wind up in our local waterways and ultimately, our oceans!

#4: August 26th  //  Celebrate Good Vibes C’mon!

It’s our birthday month and we want to celebrate all the good vibes we get from getting out in nature and doing good! For SIX years we’ve been leading cleanups, inspiring community and getting outside to leave nature better than we found it — together. SIX years of volunteerism, picking up litter and making fun apparel to go with it. We wouldn’t be here without you all. Let’s celebrate together by picking up at least SIX pounds of trash this month, eating your favorite dessert or treat for us, joining a cleanup (or hosting your own!) and taking an intentional minute outdoors to say “thank you” to these beautiful spaces we get to explore.

#5: September 30th  //  Lovin On Our Public Lands

Our publics lands offer us spaces to camp, bike, hike, kayak, picnic, rollerskate, climb, run… we can enjoy these beautiful areas in so many different ways. With this access also comes responsibility, and we want to take this month to care for these public lands that offer us so much. Learn more about the public lands in your area, sign up to volunteer locally to give back, pick up litter from public spaces you enjoy and frequent and invite your friends and family to join you!

Giveaway Dates + Prizes

Winners selected from Impact Form entries each month!

#1: February 28th

4 winners get a $50 Keep Nature Wild gift card

#2: March 31st

4 winners get a $50 Keep Nature Wild gift card

#3: April 25th

4 winners get a $50 Keep Nature Wild gift card
 

#4: May 27th

4 winners get a $50 Keep Nature Wild gift card

🚮 Cleanups 🚮

We're back! We are currently hosting group cleanups in AZ and a few other states at least once a month! Sign ups are limited to 50 each. To see all currently scheduled cleanups, head here. 

Social Media Kit

This page’s goal is to be a one-stop-shop to give you ideas, provide you with assets, or give you some inspiration on how you can talk about being a Wild Keeper Ambassador on social media. The kit includes:

• Example Impact Day posts
• Reading / Resources
• Graphics—Icons, Posts & Story Assets

Your Mentors!

The role of a Mentor is to be there to answer any questions that Wild Keeper Ambassadors may have. Wild Keeper Mentors have been in the program for multiple terms and know the ins and outs of being a Wild Keeper - they’re here for ya! Mentors also help the KNW team to monitor the different channels within Slack.

To contact a Mentor, reach out in the “#help-ask-a-mentor” channel and one of our many helpful Mentors will get back to you!

Want to become a mentor?
Please shoot a direct message to "Bri at KNW" in Slack!

Safety Guidelines

Read these guidelines before heading out to pick up trash and keep them in the back of your mind!

  1. You are most important. Look out for yourself and your safety first!
  2. Trash is dirty obv - try not to handle it with bare hands! Make sure you are wearing gloves or using a picker.
  3. When picking up items that could be rusty or sharp, use caution and wear heavy-duty work gloves.
  4. Remember, you do not have to pick up anything you do not want to! Don't lift heavy objects alone and ask for help if you need it!
  5. Don't handle hazardous materials like batteries, gas cans, needles, drug paraphernalia, or ammunition.
  6. Make sure to not enter any private or restricted areas to pick up trash.
  7. Please stay on designated trails and walkways and never pick up trash in areas that may put you in harms way.
  8. Please don't enter any bodies of water while picking up trash.

Your safety matters to us!🙌

Impact Day FAQ's

When am I supposed to record the trash I pick up?

Whenever you pick it up! We just ask that you pick up and record your impact at least once a month. You don’t have to wait until Impact Day, but you can. Your call!

Where can I dispose of the trash I pick up?

Good question… The best place to put it is in the dumpster bagged and tied up - it’s not great, but it’s better than having it out in the wild. If you can, separate out any recyclables you’ve picked up and throw them in the recycling bin (check your local recycling guidelines first, though! They’re different everywhere.)

What hashtags should I use on my Impact Day posts?

Use hashtags #wildkeepers, #keepnaturewild, and #impactday on your monthly Impact Day Instagram Posts!

Do I have to pick up trash on Impact Day?

No! Pick up trash whenever works for you. We just ask that you post about the impact you are making on Impact Day.

Is there a certain amount of trash I need to pick up?

Nope! Do what you can. Some days you might pick up bags full, some days you might pick up a handful. It all adds up and it all makes a difference!

Do I have to use a Keep Nature Wild trash bag?

Definitely not. Use what you've got! If that happens to be a KNW biodegradable trash bag, that's great. If not, that's great, too. The trash is what matters!

Do I have to wear/show Keep Nature Wild products in my Impact Day posts?

You don't, the impact you're making is the #1 priority! But we do encourage it if you have some - we just love to see this community in their KNW gear :)

Wild Keeper Ambassador FAQ's

What's my ambassador discount code?

You'll find this term's Wild Keeper discount in the #knw-important-info channel in Slack!

Is there a discount code to share with friends and family?

There is! You all have a unique a discount code you can share with your friends and family to give them $10 off a $50 purchase and earn $10 for yourself for each successful referral! This perk is run through the KNW rewards program. To login or sign up + share your referral code, head here.

I loved being a WKA, do I need to reapply next term?

Nope! We want you to stick around! All Wild Keeper Ambassadors role over into the next term unless you tell us you want to opt-out.

My BFF wants to be a WKA with me so we can do cleanups together. How can I get them in?

Have them join you on your cleanups for now anyway! And then encourage them to apply when applications open again for the next term :)

Contact Info

Need help with KNW order? Email help@keepnaturewild.com

Have a cool idea to make the program better? Post in the #help-ask-a-mentor channel in Slack

Need direct assistance with literally anything? Direct message "Bri at KNW" in Slack