National Wildlife Federation

Organizational Overview

National Wildlife Federation
44 East Ave, Suite 200
Austin, Texas 78701

Mission Statement

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is one of the nation's oldest and most respected conservation, education, and advocacy organizations. NWF's mission is to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future and to inspire the next generation of conservationists. Our work in Austin focuses on protecting the land, water, and wildlife of Texas, and connecting people of all ages with nature.

Through our Texas Living Waters Project, NWF works to protect Texas' fresh water resources. The natural sources of fresh water from our rivers and underground aquifers are already overtaxed, and under ever-increasing pressure with the state's population expected to double over the next fifty years. NWF is working hard to ensure that environmental water needs are recognized in the state's water planning process, to protect the fresh water needed to support healthy fish and wildlife populations.

NWF is committed to connecting people to nature and cultivating future generations of environmental stewards through our community and school-based programs. Our new "Habitat Talks" series offers gardening for wildlife workshops to help people develop urban wildlife habitats in their own yards. Students in Austin ISD are learning about wildlife species and ecosystems in NWF's Schoolyard Habitat gardens. NWF has worked closely with AISD to create these outdoor classrooms on 35 campuses, helping teachers engage students in science and math and foster an affinity for nature.

Impact Statement

NWF is committed to protecting and restoring healthy rivers, springs and aquifers; connecting people with nature, and cultivating future generations of environmental stewards through our school-based programs.

Our water work focuses on reforming the way Texas manages and uses its fresh water for the benefit of people and wildlife. Just like people, fish and wildlife need water to survive. Our Texas Living Waters team works hard to ensure:
• efficient management of existing water supplies through conservation measures
• our rivers keep flowing to coastal bays and estuaries
• sustainable use of surface and groundwater

The National Wildlife Federation has more than 45 years of experience developing and delivering high-quality educational programming focused on the use of nature and wildlife study to engage children with the natural world. Generations of kids have discovered the joy of nature from our award-winning Ranger Rick magazines. Through NWF's school-based programs, students are developing a commitment to caring for the natural world while advancing in the skills needed to succeed in the 21st century workplace. Schools are seeing tangible benefits such as lower energy costs, greater recycling, and greener school grounds from our Eco-Schools greening program.

Needs Statement

We've made great progress in our water work and in connecting children and families to nature. With your help, we can continue to make a difference for wildlife in Austin and around Texas.

Your support can help us accomplish significant goals for 2015:
• Connect more kids to nature by funding schoolyard habitat gardens on Austin ISD campuses - where students can discover the joy of learning in nature
• Advocate for use of BP oil spill funds to advance protections of water flowing in Texas' rivers and estuaries
• Develop resources to promote more wildlife habitats in Austin yards, businesses, and public spaces
• Foster an environmental ethic in Austin students and their families

"I applaud educators, teachers, volunteers & the National Wildlife Federation in your pursuit of giving children an outdoor classroom, way to grow!!!"

"(Learning from nature) is not something that students are memorizing…but rather will be able to later apply what they've learned and that experience to new learning. And that's the goal of teaching."

"It is essential for students to understand how earth systems and human activities interconnect. We applaud all programs, like Eco-Schools USA, that empower students to take self-directed action while also learning content and practicing crucial skills for success," said Dr.Pauline Dow, AISD Chief Academic Officer. "Additionally Eco-Schools USA fosters a whole child approach to teaching and learning that incorporates social/emotional learning, healthy lifestyles and mental health all of which contribute to a student's success."