Here at Christodora we take pride in the positive impact we leave on our students, recently we received the 2018 HI Impact award, click the image to learn more!



impact2Christodora students show significant measurable gains in:

  • Leadership ability
  • Team-building skills
  • Persistence to overcome challenges
Independent evaluations show that our young MEC naturalists are more likely to:
  • Further their interest in science
  • Enjoy outdoor activities
  • Recognize that food, water and electricity are precious resources
Annual Reports: 2011-2012 Annual Report

Facts & Figures

  • Christodora programs serve over 2,500 motivated youth each year
  • 85% of our field trip students meet federal poverty guidelines to qualify for free or reduced price lunch at school
  • 98% Satisfaction rating for the field trip program from school personnel
  • 96% of students report that they have learned the importance of planning ahead
  • 5:1 student-staff ratio means campers form strong bonds of trust
  • 88% of exploratory group reported it was their first time camping the wilderness
  • 91% of students know that “a good leader uses different leadership styles to be effective in different situations.”

The Christodora difference, in their words

  • Students
  • Staff
  • Educators


“Manice is the best thing that ever happened to me.”student
“I can remember last summer like yesterday. Everything. The nature, learning wilderness skills and community building. Thank you for encouraging us to try so many new things.”student
“When I go up the bumpy road to Manice, I always feel like I am reaching my second home…”student
“I went from being shy to being a leader. I learned how to get along with others and defuse situations —when to speak up and when to fall back.”student
“What’s the biggest impact? Very simple—I know I can learn. I can make a difference on this planet.”student
“Now I’ll walk instead of taking the train 5 blocks, because I’m not as lazy—and I understand where food and water come from, and I never waste them anymore!”student
“I was given the support and opportunities to be a student, move up as a student…never being pushed into a level that I wasn’t ready for.”student
“Studying environmental science taught me skills in logical thinking about patterns and systems—I can run through the possibilities of why something happened.”student
“Being able to go outside and explore was the beginning of me as a person being able to do the same in life. My idea of how humans interact on this planet comes from how I developed at Manice.”student
“I joined Christodora programs interested in studying science, and left knowing that one day I can be one of the people who leads conferences on water conservation or biodiversity.”student


“Just knowing that I’m making a difference in other people’s lives makes me feel like I’ve done something with my life. Knowing that I’ve helped another student get passed some sort of barrier to where they are today makes me feel like I’m making a difference for the youth in the city.”staff
“I find it really frustrating as a teacher in an inner city public school that I don’t have the space and the structures in place to be able to teach the way I know students need to be taught—to be able to actively involve them in everything that we’re learning, to be able to find a way to excite every single student about the content.”staff


“I’ve seen a lot of Christodora students at New Youth Conservationists, and up at the Manice Education Center, really transform throughout the years. We have students come in with a C average in their freshman year of high school and they end up graduating in their senior year with an A+.”educator
“Our students and staff alike look forward to trips to Manice as an opportunity to deepen relationships and grow together. Our school community would not be as strong without the consistency and structure of Christodora’s programs.”educator
“It’s really comforting for me to know organizations like Christodora give students the opportunity to step out of the classroom and into the natural world, where they can experience learning in a very hands-on way and find out what’s exciting to them.”educator
“Students come back with a sense of accountability for their actions. Once children experience Manice it’s the keystone in their memories.”educator