GPC Legacy Member Highlight: Jake and Betsy Miller

Jake and Betsy Miller joined GPC's Legacy Society to support local conservation and connect kids to the land.

One of the first things Jake Miller did before he moved to his home on Hood Canal in 2021, was reach out to Great Peninsula Conservancy to see how he could get involved. Jake and Betsy Miller raised their family in rural Pennsylvania in the Allegheny Mountains, 15 minutes from the darkest skies east of the Mississippi. Conservation was, and is, important to them, and they knew they wanted to support a local cause that they felt strongly about. Jake and Betsy instilled this love of the land in their four children—now all adults spread about the country—and they’re proud of each of them for continuing to embody that conservation ethic.

Jake and Betsy’s children loved spending time outdoors as young kids.

As such, it’s no surprise that Jake and Betsy are passionate about educating the next wave of conservationists and were thrilled to learn about GPC’s Land Labs program. Jake said: “Exposing and educating kids to the natural world is so important. Same with adults! I was as fascinated as any of the Land Labs students I volunteered with as we walked through Ueland Tree Farm on a field trip last fall.”

In addition to volunteering with Land Labs, Jake serves on GPC’s Development & Community Engagement Committee and recently learned more about GPC’s Legacy Society Challenge. Excited to hear that each new legacy pledge is matched by $1,000, Jake and Betsy committed to leaving a portion of their estate to Great Peninsula Conservancy to ensure the preservation of our local lands, and the programs that connect our community and students to these lands, well into the future.

Thank you, Jake and Betsy! To learn more about the Legacy Society Challenge, or make your pledge today, visit our website or contact Development Manager Katherine Tacke at katherine@greatpeninsula.org or (360) 373-3500.