OSPREY, (September 20, 2018) The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund and Garrett A. Turner Foundation Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation granted $2,500 to Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast for the Youth in Nature Initiative. The initiative connects at-risk youth to incredible experiences in nature, promoting self-led discovery, building self-esteem, and expanding their understanding and appreciation of the environment. The initiative will continue its reach in Manatee County and Lakewood Ranch.
“Conservation Foundation is excited to help foster a love of nature and the outdoors in the next generation,” notes Christine Johnson, president of Conservation Foundation. “Experiences like hiking, kayaking, and exploring can be the “wow” moment that changes a life forever.”
Conservation Foundation is committed to ensuring that youth education and engagement is central to its mission. The program emphasizes discovery, active nature-based activities, playing nature-based games, and providing experiences that do not take place before an electronic screen. 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. Learn more at www.conservationfoundation.com/youth