April News

Upcoming programs, membership spotlight, and raffle review

Earth Day Cleanup Challenge 

 Sr. Marilyn Pierson (above) was part of last year’s winning cleanup crew from the Domincan Sisters of Peace at St. Catherine. 

New Pioneers’ second annual Earth Day Cleanup Challenge will take place Monday, April 19 through Sunday, April 25! Cleanups can be done individually or in small groups, on any land or waterway where litter is found.

Participants who take pictures of their cleanup and share them with New Pioneers during Earth Week will be entered to win a package of sustainable living items. Cleanup pictures can be shared on Facebook and Instagram or emailed to info@newpioneersfsf.org. You can use the hashtags #npcleanup2021 and #restoreourearth

To go the extra mile, participants can register their cleanup with the Great Global Cleanup and use the Earth Challenge App to log litter. This is a great opportunity for students, families, and individuals who want to be a part of the world’s largest citizen science initiative!

Participants should practice the following safety guidelines during cleanups:

  • Choose a safe time and location.
  • Wear gloves and a mask, and never touch litter directly. BBQ tongs, salad tongs, or other pickup devices can help distance you and the litter.
  • Only pick up litter that is safe to handle and can be easily disposed of or recycled. Be careful picking up glass. If unsure, leave it alone.
  • Practice social distancing, sanitize, and properly dispose of PPE
Learn more at newpioneersfsf.org, and then do your part to make our planet cleaner and greener. Mother Nature will appreciate your time and effort!
                                       Arbor Day Tree Giveaway 



In partnership with the Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, New Pioneers will sponsor an Arbor Day tree giveaway on Friday, April 30 at 1 p.m. in front of the Lincoln Legacy Museum in downtown Springfield.  

The giveaway is taking place in conjunction with a tree planting ceremony, hosted by the chamber, to honor the essentials workers who have tirelessly served our community throughout the pandemic.  

Trees will be available on a first come, first served basis. New Pioneers staff will provide information about the trees, including directions for planting and caring for the saplings. 

✨Member Spotlight: The Hurst Family ✨

Henry, Jennifer, Hollis, and Spalding Hurst on one of their many excursions. 

We proudly introduce Spalding Hurst, New Pioneers Board Member and Communications Specialist for the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, and his family, who live in Bardstown, KY and have been members since 2017. 

Why did you join New Pioneers?
I joined the New Pioneers so that my family could become better acquainted with the resources and knowledge that is available so we may contribute as residents in a more sustainable way toward our community. The methods and tools on a national scale do not always translate to rural communities like the counties that New Pioneers serves. The more we interact with New Pioneers, the more pathways to action and knowledge avail themselves to keep our Kentucky landscape healthy and beautiful. 

What is your favorite New Pioneers memory?
Our favorite event is the Empty Bowl Supper. The laid-back atmosphere and new friends made each year at this event let us know what a diverse and special group of people there are that make up the membership of the New Pioneers. Here you can see just how much stronger we are together as supporting members of this initiative to care for the earth. 

What does “sustainability” mean to you?
Personally, sustainability is about protecting the places we hike, climb, paddle, bike or just enjoy taking in scenically. It is about finding a balance of protection between daily work and living to make sure one does not take over or impede the other. It is also a means to bring communities together so that the outdoor experience is for everyone to enjoy. 

Share a sustainability tip!
Look into Adopt-A-Highway programs or river cleanups as a way to get outside and give back to your community and planet. These events foster civic pride, reduce roadside litter, clean waterways, and help keep Kentucky beautiful. They are also more fun to do than it may seem.

Recommend your favorite local place or product. 
My favorite place in the tri-county area is on the Beech Fork River, especially in the spring. Whether I’m floating the upper reach in Maud, surfing small rapids at the confluence with Hardin Creek near Manton, or fishing from a canoe at the rubble dam in Bardstown, never has a day been wasted when spent on the water.

We thank the Hurst family for sharing their story! Join them, and so many others, in becoming a New Pioneers member at newpioneersfsf.org.


Raffle Review

 Thanks to the generosity of our prize donors, ticket purchasers, board members, and other supporters, we raised $11,120 during our Celebrating 16 Years of New Pioneers Raffle! This successful fundraiser would not have been possible without their contributions.

We’d also like to congratulate our prize winners:  (Visit our Raffle Page to see the winner’s prizes

Untitled painting by Sr. Elaine DesRosiers: Angela Rakes