Center for Human-Earth Restoration (Raleigh, NC)


  • Name:Mr. Ross Andrews
  • Title:Executive Director

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  • Organization Name:Center for Human-Earth Restoration
  • Address:6814 Fayetteville Rd
    Raleigh, NC 27603
    United States

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  • Main phone:919 795 8411

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of the Center for Human-Earth Restoration, Inc. (CHER) is to support conservation and preservation of the earth’s resources through educational and experiential programs that enable the participants to develop an environmental ethic. Upon completion of the program each person will find an inner voice and connection to the land that will shape their future actions. In turn, they will participate in the creation of a world of informed and motivated people committed to caring for the Earth “as a communion of subjects rather than a collection of objects” (Thomas Berry). The CORES Project is the leading edge of youth work for CHER.

    CORES is:
    Character Education through
    Restoration Ecology and
    Scientific Principles

    CHER requests funding for the CORES Project of Wake County which offers innovation on two unique fronts. First, the partnership with the Triangle Land Conservancy provides a connection for school youth and their families to natural areas in their local communities. This fosters a sense of enjoyment in nature and simultaneously an attitude of stewardship while expanding the idea of community to include the natural world. Having programs on TLC properties also provides convenient locations for schools to have ‘natural classrooms’ in the outdoors that foster an expanding sense of self and responsibility through the opportunity to reflect and experience ‘wild nature’. Partnership with TLC also allows access to lands where youth can make a difference through hands-on habitat restoration in ecologically significant areas. We use restoration ecological activities, such as removing Japanese honeysuckle to allow native plants to blossom and planting trees to restore wildlife habitat as means of enhancing ecosystem health while also repairing students’ relationships to the North Carolina landscape we call home. Forming these partnerships, working in teams, developing a sense of place and gathering and interpreting data are all valuable 21st Century skills.

    Secondly, the CORES Project goes beyond providing experience and knowledge- it develops a sensitivity and connection to nature not found in other youth-centered environmental programs. While learning nature observation techniques the student begins to see himself as part of the ecosystem. Each student keeps a nature journal, a powerful literacy tool, to record her/his observations and reflections. Our rationale for journaling is found in the words of a leading artist, Claire Walker Leslie. She describes that “Nature journaling is a powerful tool for breaking the bonds of viewing our world through isolated and separate disciplines. Instead, it incorporates sciences, local social and natural history, math, language, art, and physical education into one integrated practice. The developmental sequence in journaling usually begins with recording simple objects and events and in time it progresses to putting these objects into contexts that stress connections among objects and events. The accomplished journalist comes to focus on whole systems and their meaning to her life. Journaling can become a personal journey into developments of a real sense of place and a holistic vision of life.” The fact that the “C” in CORES stands for character is extremely important. It is our shared priority with Wake County Schools’ Character Education. Our project provides a deeper way of seeing the land which changes lives, one child at a time. Giving children hope and a healthy relationship with the Earth will result in better care for the environment and less environmental problems in the future. The CORES Project is also aligned with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study and the National Common Cores Curriculum for Literacy in reading and writing. Students experience nature in paradigm-shifting ways through the CORES program; this gives youth new tools and experiences to live successful lives in a healthy environment in the 21st Century.

  • History:
  • Center for Human Earth Restoration (CHER) is an incorporated nonprofit based in Raleigh, North Carolina dedicated to providing public school students with outdoor experiences that help restore the ecology of the unique landscapes of the North Carolina piedmont, while also providing enriching environmental education programs on these landscapes. Started in 2011 through a partnership with the Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC), CHER has proven effective through its pilot program with Exploris Middle School. CHER provided 68 eighth graders with weekly field trips to a TLC site where over 70 large garbage bags of Japanese honeysuckle were removed to release the native spring wildflowers in the floodplain. One of the students reflected in a journal entry “I thought it wasn’t really going to be an experience that changed me. I went out trying to have fun. When we were silent looking down on top of the bluff, it really had an impact on me. I realized that I could stay forever looking at how pretty it was.” Another student commented “my favorite thing was sitting by ourselves at Swift Creek Bluffs doing the listening activity because I realized how much you could hear if you were really quiet and paid attention.” The first idea of its kind, CHER’s strategic goal is to connect all students in the Wake County School System with Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC) properties near their campuses.

    For more than 29 years, Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC) has been protecting important open spaces—stream corridors, forests, wildlife habitat, farmland, and natural areas—to help keep the Triangle region of North Carolina a healthy and vibrant place to live and work. TLC believes achieving a balance between developed and protected land means ultimately conserving more than 45,000 acres of the most critical forests, farms, and natural areas in our six-county region. To realize our vision, we identify the most significant and threatened lands; plan with local governments, organizations, and individuals for the timely protection of these lands; conserve these lands through land acquisition or private conservation agreements; manage these lands; and promote positive conservation approaches and the protection of critical open space. To date, TLC has protected more than 15,000 acres of the area’s most important and loved open spaces, leaving a legacy of beautiful forests, clear-flowing rivers, and productive farmlands for future generations. TLC pursues conservation that provides direct public benefits including supporting local farms and food, safeguarding the Triangle’s drinking water supplies, creating opportunities to connect people with nature through education and recreation, and protecting wildlife habitat. TLC works with local non-profit organizations to make its 4000 acres of owned conservation lands available to the public particularly working with local partners focused on educating families, school children and the citizenry at large about the local environment.

    Ross Andrews, the CORES Project of Wake County Manager and Randy Senzig, Project Advisor are skilled in facilitating both ecological restoration work and environmental education. Mr. Andrews is a published author in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Restoration Ecology (Restoration Ecology, Vol. 14, No. 2. (June 2006), pp. 210-219). This article outlines Mr. Andrews’ restoration of a rare plant community, Nonriverine Wet Hardwood Forests, involving a field experiment with 500 trees, shrubs and herbaceous species as well as a greenhouse germination experiment. Mr. Andrews also served as an environmental consultant for 2 years and for the past 3 years as an environmental educator in local parks departments. Randy Senzig has used the GTE Fellowship and the NCSU Kenan Fellowship to promote and complete campus outdoor classroom projects involving the planting of 600 plus trees. While teaching AP Environmental Science and Earth/Environmental science for 27 years, Mr. Senzig also lead environmental camps at NC State Univ. for five years.

  • Year established:2010
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:5
  • Advisory board size:10
  • Staff size:1


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Applied For Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(2)
  • Tax ID:45-4460204

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:454460204
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:CHER
  • Care Of Name:% RANDY SENZIG
  • Organization Address:6814 FAYETTEVILLE RD
  • Organization City:RALEIGH
  • Organization State:NC
  • Organization Zip:27603-5220
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:October, 2012
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:16
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization that normally receives no more than one third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes. 509(a)(2)
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  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:02 (990 - Required to file Form 990-N - Income less than $25,000 per year)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:C60
  • Asset Amount:$0
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  • Income Amount:$0
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  • 990 Revenue Amount:$0
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 2:55:05 am

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