Eagle Eye was founded in 1991 on the belief that access to nature, developing wonder in the natural world, and having scientific knowledge of the interconnectedness of all life are basic rights – rights that must be extended to urban youth of color. Co-founder Anthony Sanchez developed a connection to nature by chance; growing up as an underserved urban youth of color, Anthony was sent to reform school in rural upstate New York after he was caught stealing. If Anthony had never gotten into trouble, he never would have experienced the pleasures of walking through a forest, horseback riding, or skating on a frozen pond. The curiosity and joy sparked by Anthony’s nature explorations led him to not only pursue further experiences in nature, but also follow an environmental career path. Through Eagle Eye Institute, Anthony aims to ensure that young people experience nature through thoughtful design, not simply by chance.
Eagle Eye offers youth an array of place-based learning opportunities, including one-day immersions, overnight camping trips, stewardship and service-learning projects, that deepen knowledge of and connections to nature. We aspire to help create a world in which all people, regardless of race, class or gender are at peace with themselves, others and nature; a world of healthy individuals living in healthy communities, where all people have access to nature and are engaged in the care and protection of Earth’s resources every day.
Throughout our 25 year history, we have built many fruitful partnerships to serve the articulated needs of communities and accomplish our goals. We are thankful to our friends and partners in the Boston area who co-created programs and initiatives with us. In 2015, we closed our Somerville office and are now based full-time in Western Mass, at our 200+ acre forest site in Peru. We look forward to maintaining old friendships and building new partnerships in the Pioneer Valley.