HELP INSPIRE KIDS TO LOVE NATURE
AT CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY MUSEUM OF SAN JOSE
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose recently opened a half-acre outdoor play space designed to inspire a love of the natural world. Bill’s Backyard: Bridge to Nature doubles the exhibit space of the Museum, providing a bridge to nature for our community’s children and families. Named in honor of retired Agilent Technologies CEO Bill Sullivan, Bill’s Backyard introduces children to the wonders of the nature, cultivating connections with the flora and fauna of our region, and providing endless opportunities for kids to dig, plant, climb, build, and explore the world they live in.
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT TO TRANSFORM BILL’S BACKYARD INTO A FUN AND INSPIRING PLACE FOR KIDS
Bill’s Backyard makes it possible for today’s children to become tomorrow’s visionaries through exploration of the natural world. Bill’s Backyard introduces children and families to the wonders of nature and propels them on an adventure of discovery, exploration, and science inquiry.
Contributions from people like you make it possible to inspire children about their futures:
PUT YOUR STAKE IN THE GROUND
We invite you to invest in this outdoor learning environment for our community’s children. More than 250 families have already become Stakeholders, and we hope you will join us!
Receive lasting recognition on our beautiful Sculptural Fence, comprised of hundreds of corten steel stakes set in a natural wave pattern that surrounds Bill’s Backyard.
Your gift of $250 will be recognized with an inscription on one of the corten steel stakes. Whether it’s your own name, or an inscription recognizing your child or grandchild, honoring a friend, or remembering a loved one, your gift will be a lasting tribute to someone who loves children and nature.
Your gift in multiples of $250 ($500 for 2 inscribed stakes, $750 for 3, $1,000 for 4, etc.) will receive added recognition. Got two kids? Get a stake for each of them by contributing $500. Want one for yourself, too? Contribute $750 and get recognition on three stakes.
Your Stake in the Ground
Our Thanks to You
JOIN US TODAY
The Sculptural Fence is long and we still have many stakes available for inscription, but why delay? When you visit, you and your loved ones will be able to point with pride at the Sculptural Fence, knowing you have invested in a one-of-a-kind community treasure. Put your Stake in the Ground, and inspire a love of nature in our community’s children for years to come.
Interested in a bigger impact? Become a Major Sponsor and receive recognition in the vicinity of one of the many great features in Bill’s Backyard! There are still features available, so claim yours today.
MAJOR SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
|Outdoor Pavilion||$75,000||Gift from Jane and Joseph Nettemeyer|
|Rain Harvest Cistern||$50,000||Gift from Agilent Technologies Foundation|
|Thrive Garden||$50,000||Gift from Kaiser Permanente|
|Junior Ranger Station||$50,000||Sponsorship Pending|
|Bronze Animals||$40,000||Gift from Janet and Vincent Martin|
|Look Out Tower and Tunnel||$35,000||Gift from Sharks Foundation|
|Native Plant Demonstration Garden||$25,000||Available|
|Bird Observation Station||$20,000||Available|
|Butterfly Garden||$20,000||Gift from Patricia and Ronald Eastman|
|Vine Tunnel||$15,000||Gift from eBay|
|Tree of 40 Fruit||$15,000||Gifts from City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs and the Institute of Museum and Library Services|
|Valley Oak Trees||$15,000||Gift from Thomas and Ann Livermore|
|Blue Oak Trees||$10,000||Gifts from Jessica and Matthew Denecour, Adobe Foundation in honor of Mark Garrett|
|Big Leaf Maple Trees||$7,500||Gifts from Jenni Martin and Andrea Mackenzie, Kathryn and Jason Watson, Air Systems Foundation, Jennifer and Chris Szeto, The Pond Family|
|Succulent Demonstration Walls||$5,000||Gifts from Marilee and William Jennings, Coupa Software, Marisa and Sean Rudford|
|Visitor Benches||$5,000||Gifts from Daniel and Priscilla Amend, Rajan and Amita Bhandari, Cynthia and Andrew Bullock, Ashley Dragoman and Theodore Kremenek, AGC-Santa Clara District, J. Michael Patterson and Sandra Radtka, Caitlin and Trevor Vonnegut|
|Large Boulders||$2,500||Gifts from Andrew and Cheryl Blumenthal, Ashley Dragoman and Theodore Kremenek|
|Medium Boulders||$1,500||Gifts from Alan Marks, Kevan and Cynthia Krysler, Lloyd and Jacquie Thyen, Rebecca and Erik Turner, Indu Prakas Kodukula and Veena Avula, Larry Lundberg, Justin and Danielle Funamura, Viorica and Cristian Filimon, El Camino Women's Medical Group|
Bill’s Backyard would not be possible without major infrastructure underwriting from Agilent Technologies Foundation, City of San Jose, California Coastal Conservancy, Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority, County of Santa Clara, Sunlight Giving, Superbowl 50 Legacy Fund, Santa Clara Valley Water District, and FIRST 5 Santa Clara County.
WHY INVEST IN MAKING BILL’S BACKYARD A REALITY?
“Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young;
it travels along grass-stained sleeves to the heart.
If we are going to save environmentalism and the environment,
we must also save an endangered indicator species: the child in nature.”
Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods
Bill’s Backyard invests in the next generation, inspiring environmental stewardship, sparking interest in STEM and the arts, and increasing understanding of sustainability solutions for our region. The impact on children will be unique to each one. We can imagine sparking young imaginations to
Garden and Outdoor Pavilion
By sparking curiosity about the natural world, Children’s Discovery Museum’s outdoor learning environment aspires to be a place where enjoyable outdoor experiences generate a love of nature, prompting families to go out and explore California’s breathtaking parklands, historic trails, lakes and rivers, forests, and wilderness areas. We can imagine Bill’s Backyard will motivate children and their families to
LASTING IMPACTS OF BILL’S BACKYARD
Research shows that access to nature is basic to healthy human development, including brain and body development, nutrition and prevention of disease, and general well-being. San Jose’s outdoor learning environment at Children’s Discovery Museum makes it possible for today’s children to become tomorrow’s visionaries through exploration of the natural world. Bill’s Backyard introduces children and families to the wonders of nature and propels them on an inquiry-based adventure of discovery and exploration.
BRIDGE TO NATURE
Bill’s Backyard provides an entry point to a deeper bond with nature, inviting children to cultivate connections with the earth through outdoor playtime amidst the trees, plants, rocks, waterways, and wildlife. Features in our outdoor learning environment include:
Look Out Tower and Tunnel