WAEE is proud to showcase the partners that support the 2011 WAEE Fall Conference
The mission of the Nature Conservancy is “to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive”. With such a big mission it is no wonder that they have staff working in all the U.S. states and 33 other countries around the world. A quote that I found that stuck out to me is “We pursue non-confrontational, pragmatic, market-based solutions to conservation challenges” (found here).
Some of their projects in the US include building oyster reefs in areas that were destroyed from the gulf oil spill, having scientists work on land management strategies to protect some of the oldest and most valuable forests in the country and protecting habitat across the country for animals like the golden eagle. The Nature Conservancy has been working on conservation efforts right here in Wisconsin since 1960. You can see all of the areas that they are involved in on a marked map on their website, then you can click on each area to see how they are involved and what they are doing. It is quite an extensive list!
And of course, there are ways that you could get involved and help their conservation efforts in WI. Just check out the volunteer section on the website to see what type of project you would like to help out with.
You can also donate to the organization or become a member. I really liked how they clearly explained exactly how they use all of their donations and membership dues. They have a whole accountability section and describe their efficiency when it comes to spending money with real percentages and graphs!
One section of the website that I really like is the Kids In Nature page. Here you can find all kinds of information on how to get kids outside; there are resources for both formal and non-formal educators and even families. Plus stories about kids that are really making a difference.
I was blown away by all the information and great projects that the Nature Conservancy is a part of. It is great that they are also reaching out to get involved with environmental education by partnering with us and being a sponsor this year for the Fall Conference.
~Abbie Enlund, WAEE Board Member & Greening Sam and Avery