The Leopold SocietyBuilding the Next Generation of Conservationists
Three Rivers Land Trust developed The Leopold Society in response to the increasing alienation of today’s children from nature. The omnipresent “screen culture” that dominates the daily lives of children and teens, from the time they wake up until they go to bed at night, has led to a disconnect with the outdoor world.
To bridge this gap between youth and the natural world, Three Rivers Land Trust facilitates hands-on activities and projects for 6th-12th graders that are designed to teach conservation techniques, wildlife stewardship, and outdoor skills that they would otherwise miss out on. On a broader scale, our goal is to instill in participants a lifelong appreciation for the outdoors and a sense of social responsibility in conservation issues. Essentially, we aim to develop the next generation of conservationists.
Three Rivers works with schools across our region to enroll students into the Leopold Society. Each school has the opportunity to participate in a hands-on conservation project during the school year, facilitated by Three Rivers Land Trust.
Previous projects include:
- restoring a longleaf pine forest in Montgomery county
- planting hardwood trees along the Yadkin river to serve as a riparian buffer zone
- creating pollinator gardens around schools
- improving existing greenhouse/aquaponic systems at schools
Leopold Society memberships are $15 for youth participants. Grant opportunities are available to offset these costs and to fund conservation projects.
If you are interested in joining The Leopold Society or getting your child’s school involved, please contact Steely Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-647-0302.
We would like to thank the following sponsors for supporting The Leopold Society and the next generation of conservationists!
Fred and Alice Stanback
Bill and Nancy Stanback
Rotary Club of the Sandhills