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.
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.
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
"(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."