Hello Tree Family! My name is Nick Scaturro, the proud Founder of Wooden Journey. Thank you for taking some time out of your day to read about us. I started this company to truly make the world a greener and better place.
Wooden Journey started as an idea...
What if you wanted to help combat climate change, plant trees in areas of true need , conserve rainforest + crucial habitats but didn't know how to do it from your home? What if you felt like there was nothing that you could do, even though you really wanted to help?
This is the same feeling that I had not so long ago. I knew the issues at hand, but had no idea where to turn or how I could easily help. So, I set out on a mission to make it easy for anyone who felt the exact same way that I did.
Here at Wooden Journey, that solution is finally here. We believe that by uniting people like you and giving you the power to drive the change, we can truly reforest the world and we can truly create the sustainable world we all deserve to prosper together free of climate change. Join our movement to making the world a greener place.
Our community of over 160,000 members strong is the place where people can join and work together in order to make the world a greener place. There's enough negativity in the world with the issues at hand. Lets make our own results. Saving the environment is ours for the taking. We just need to keep uniting together!
Be a part of our incredible story. I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am to see the world that we build alongside each other.
My name is Matt Giambra and I’m an environmental educator and photographer based out of the Pocono Mountains in Northeast PA.
I got my start in conservation in 2009 when I worked for an environmental lab testing samples of acid mine drainage from water that poured out of abandoned mines. It was heart-wrenching to stand in an otherwise beautiful landscape where the rivers, streams and waterfalls spewed a bright orange substance called yellowboy or iron oxide making the water habitat completely void of life. After spending some time in that position, I realized I wanted to do more.
The next few years of my life were spent earning a bachelors of science degree in Environmental Biology and working and volunteering at different environmental organizations until I landed my current position as an environmental educator in the Poconos.
To say that I’m thrilled to be a part of the Wooden Journey team is a total understatement.
I’ve always had a deep love and appreciation for nature and always felt like I “wanted to do more” to protect it. The Wooden Journey mission is exactly the kind of environmental protection fulfillment I was looking for.
My main mission here is to encourage everyone to get outside and explore this amazing blue planet we all call home. It has something for everyone, I guarantee it!
I look forward to sharing my thoughts, excitement and passion with you and can hopefully share some of the knowledge that I’ve gained over the years that has been passed down to me by many others who share the same passion.
Howdy All, welcome to the Wooden Journey family and thank you for joining us in our mission to
safeguard this world from the impacts of climate change!
My name is Adam Schellhammer and I am
very grateful to be a part of this wonderful community and have the opportunity to work with all of
you. I am the The Thirsty Conservationist Podcast Host on our Wooden Journey team.
I hail from a small town in the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania, an area that very much
shaped my passion for the natural world and strengthened my understanding of environmental
Growing up, I enjoyed many outdoor pursuits, but the presence of neon orange creeks
resulting from acid mine drainage propelled me into the world of aquatic ecology and natural
resource management. I earned my B.S. in Environmental Biology from Millersville University and a
Master’s in Natural Resource Management from Virginia tech, and have been enjoying putting the
training to use in the field for the past 12 years.
I have been lucky enough in my professional life to have worked with some truly wonderful people
and organizations. Traveling and working across Pennsylvania and New Jersey allowed me the
opportunity to experience a wide range of landscapes and region-specific environmental concerns.
I’ve also had the pleasure of working on water quality and water scarcity programmes in China as
part of my master’s program and now find myself working to deliver climate change resiliency
programs in the Auckland region of New Zealand.
None of it would be possible though without my
amazing family, as they are my greatest source of motivation and support. To my wife, Beth, and
daughter, Avery, thank you for joining me on this journey and providing such joy and contentment in
I am very excited to share my knowledge and experience with the Wooden Journey Community, and
I am even more excited to learn from all of you as we work together in battling climate change.
My approach and style to tackle this massive issue are pretty simple;
1) Don’t get overwhelmed, you eat an elephant one bite at a time
2) Work hard but don’t forget to take a breather and recharge
3) Keep it simple
4) Have fun along the way!
Together we will accomplish amazing things, and I can’t wait to
work with all of you!
Keep on Keeping on,
Please note that each and every photo that you see under our “Gallery” tab are pictures of directly we are planting trees. These are not stock images and are taken directly at the tree planting sites with our partners. We believe that by showing these incredible photos taken across the world, we can share our work and be able to show the work that our community helps accomplish in these areas. We make sure that the trees we plant have a positive impact in the environments that they will thrive in!
We only plant trees that:
1. Have a positive environmental impact
2. Help local communities/help create sustainable jobs
3. Are only native plants to help further the integrity of the natural area.
Financial integrity is also very important here at Wooden Journey. Among the sites that we help plant at, prices vary from as little as a few cents to as high $4 per tree. We are planting in the areas that we feel need it the most and plant there accordingly. That being said, dependent on the tier that our subscribers choose in turn helps plant across these regions.
Please keep in mind and respect that we are a very small organization with minimal resources and just like any company or nonprofit-we have overhead and monthly bills that we must pay such as website development and taxes so we can continue to making an improving environmental impact.
With this being said we are aiming to become a leader in this aspect financially as well. Once we are more established, we are working hard towards our goal of every membership at Wooden Journey having at least 60% of each monthly memberships go towards direct environmental initiatives. These initiatives include our tree planting, direct rainforest conservation programs + building our daily check-in program further!
Our very small monthly budget drastically changes month to month because of our organizations size, and certain funds need to be allocated to different resources (website development, product resources, etc.) on a regular basis.
In addition, we are working on becoming a Certified B Corp once we are able to afford the process of being reviewed! This certification is only given to most transparent and top businesses that strive to do business in the best and fairest ways. We are on track to easily qualify for this certification, so stay tuned for more!
Rainforest Conservation + Daily Check-in Program
We are currently conserving rainforest through key rainforest conservation non-profits where all donations made to the go directly to the conservation sites.
Thanks to our incredible Wooden Journey subscribers, we are able to offer our daily check in program where you can conserve for free. We take a portion of our membership amount in order to give our treefam this powerful and free tool where you can support rainforest conservation right from home! This enables our community to come full circle and support one another. Stop by our home page to see the total amount conserved to date - updated regularly!
Wooden Journey Necklace
Our handcrafted necklace for all of our incredible subscribers! Make sure to check out pictures of the Wooden Journey Necklace in the "Gallery" tab! Every necklace is handmade by Nick in the state of New York. We make each and every necklace and do not outsource these being made. We use a sustainable bamboo string since bamboo is one of the most sustainable materials that can be used in any sort of production. It is also designed and distributed within the US. For the wood of our necklace, we are currently in the process of switching to upcycled wood once we are able to add more room to store it in our facility. Did you know that upcycled wood is the most sustainable wood available? It is wood that is being repurposed that was otherwise already headed to a landfill!
Values and Mission
It is important for organizations to be thorough and transparent. Wooden Journey was founded to make a difference to help our shared world, and nothing would ever change that. We were founded Earth Day, 2019 and are very proud of that fact since it ties in fully with our environmental values. Your support is absolutely and fully appreciated and we are truly making a difference together!
Wooden Journey was truly started so anyone, anywhere, all under one roof would be able to not only plant trees at an affordable cost, but also conserve rainforest right from their home! That is the reason that we were founded and stand by our mission to the fullest. Let's reforest the world. Let's make the world a greener place.