OSPREY, FL (September 5, 2017) Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast launched its new 2017 membership campaign, “Wild Places Need You,” to invite the community to protect natural lands and help kids of all ages grow up experiencing the wonder of nature. Conservation Foundation is committed to ensuring that youth education and engagement is central to its mission. A growing body of research indicates that children experience reduced stress levels and improved social skills as a result of greater activity in nature. Benefits also include increased concentration, greater attention capacities, and higher academic performance.
Conservation Foundation received generous matching support for its campaign from the Doris M. Carter Foundation. Gifts made to Conservation Foundation by September 25 will be matched dollar for dollar. The goal is to engage 100 new members. Donations and matching funds support a wide range of conservation education and outreach, as well as their work to conserve and manage land. To date, Conservation Foundation has protected more than 9,700 acres across four counties.
“The “Wild Places Need You” campaign invites the community to join in, work together to protect the lands that we love, and connect people to nature. Our natural lands provide so much for us to enjoy – outdoor fun on the trails, rivers and bays, clean water to drink, and safe habitat for many animals. Our economy is based on the beauty of our land,” said Christine P. Johnson, president of Conservation Foundation.
About Conservation Foundation
Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast saves land forever, preserving those special natural lands that make this region extraordinary. Working with landowners, businesses, and government, they protect the character and natural integrity of the bays, beaches, barrier islands and their watersheds on Florida’s Gulf Coast. A nationally accredited land trust, the Foundation purchases natural areas, holds land conservation agreements and educates for responsible land and water stewardship in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee Counties. Learn more at www.conservationfoundation.com.