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SUMMER 2024 TERM OVERVIEW

Making Waves for Nature!

From June to September, we’re going to celebrate making waves for nature!

 

Even a small ripple can turn into a wave! With every action you take to leave nature better, you’re taking part in making waves of good for the planet! This term, we’ll focus on picking up trash before it enters waterways AND getting out to our favorite lakes, rivers, beaches, and streams!

 

The Summer term will culminate in National Cleanup Day in September - stay tuned for exciting opportunities to make an impact in your community and beyond.


#Impactday Dates + Themes

#1: June 28th: Dive In & Make an Impact

With the start the summer term, let’s focus on diving in and making an impact in our local waterways!

 

  • Reflect & Learn:
    • What’s the largest body of water near you?
    • Where does your drinking water come from?
    • Which aquatic creatures have the largest population near you?

  • Act:
    Go to your favorite (swimmable) water near you, and dive in! Enjoy some time in the sun! On your way back, pick up all the trash you see.

  • Inspire: Post about your impact on social, share with your friends, or invite your community to a local nature cleanup!
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    New Friend: Connect with a Wild Keeper you’ve never met before in Slack!

#2: July 26th: Keep Waterways Wild!

The summer sun is here, and it’s warming up! With the summer sun comes many outdoor celebrations, and that means litter! Fireworks, food wrappers, and more end up getting into waterways which affects our ecosystems. Catch the current of keeping waterways clean this July by using sustainable materials at outdoor celebrations and remember to remove all trash from any of your parties.

 

Reflect: What is one sustainable swap you could make this month? Could be as simple as using reusable plates at a party, or buying a reusable straw!


Act: If there are national celebrations in your area this month, go around and fill a bag with trash!


Inspire: Post about your impact on social, share with your friends, or invite your community to a local nature cleanup!

 
New Friend: Connect with a Wild Keeper you’ve never met before in Slack!

#3: August 30th: Just Keep Swimming!

Sometimes it can feel like we can’t keep up with the amount of litter on the planet. But like Dori from Finding Nemo, we’ve got to just keep swimming! Every piece we pick up matters. Every time you go to your local park and remove a piece of litter, it makes an impact. Let’s resolve to “JUST KEEP SWIMMING” and do our part no matter what!

 

  • Reflect: What is one thing outside of picking up trash you can do this month to live a more sustainable life?

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  • Act: Make one sustainable swap this month.

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  • Inspire: Post about your impact on social, share with your friends, or invite your community to a local nature cleanup!

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New Friend: Connect with a Wild Keeper you’ve never met before in Slack!

#4: September 21st: National Cleanup Day

This month, let’s band together for National Cleanup Day and do our part to take care of the wild places we love. Sign up to host a cleanup, join one in your area, or go out with a couple of friends and pick up trash!

 

  • Reflect: Why do you care about nature so much?

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  • Act: Invite one friend to join you on a trash cleanup for national cleanup day this month.

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  • Inspire: Post about your impact on social, share with your friends, or invite your community to a local nature cleanup!

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  • New Friend: Connect with a Wild Keeper you’ve never met before in Slack!

Giveaway Dates + Prizes

Check the #knw-challenges channel in Slack each month for instructions on how to enter and win!

#1: June:

MAD Man Dry Bag + $50 KNW Gift Card

#2: July:

 TBD
 

#3: August:

TBD

 

#4: September:

TBD

Summer Term: Making Waves for Nature!

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.

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 and Monthly challenges + 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 post your impact photo on Impact Day!

Before Impact Day

Step 1: Pick Up Trash

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

Step 2: Snap a Photo

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

Step 3: Weigh Your Trash

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!

2. Caption and Post

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!

Cleanups

We are currently hosting group cleanups at least once a month!

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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

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!

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? Direct message "Wild Keeper Slack" and drop off your idea!

Need direct assistance with literally anything? Direct message "Wild Keeper Slack" in Slack