Our Foundation is making it easier to get your students into nature
For almost 20 years the Mississippi Valley Conservation Foundation (MVCF) has successfully raised funds for the stewardship projects, education programs, and conservation areas of Mississippi Valley Conservation. Over these years technology has evolved and become a key part of our daily lives in work and play. This “connected” society means more leisure time is spent using a computer or a mobile device rather than being outdoors and enjoying nature.
The term Nature Deficit Disorder, coined by author Richard Louv in his book Last Child in the Woods explains how our societal disconnect with nature is affecting today’s children. Nature-deficit disorder describes the human costs of alienation from nature. There is a growing body of research linking our mental, physical, and spiritual health directly to our association with nature.
This information reinforces the need for affordable and accessible outdoor education and recreation opportunities. MVCF, through support of Mississippi Valley watershed conservation areas and outdoor education programs, is helping provide a local solution to this issue.
The MVCF has been very successful in providing bussing grants to watershed schools, many of whom would not be able to participate in programming due to high transportation costs. Donate to the MVCF now and support our bussing grant program.