Mississippi Valley Conservancy receives grant from the La Crosse Community Foundation

Mississippi Valley Conservancy receives $45,000 grant for student environmental education program

The Mississippi Valley Conservancy’s Acorns to Oaks student environmental education program received a second year of funding from the Myrick Hixon Ecopark Fund through the La Crosse Community Foundation. The $45,615 grant will be used to get kids outdoors to learn about the environment they live in and to experience nature firsthand.

Carol Abrahamzon,  Mississippi Valley Conservancy Executive Director, said the program provides opportunities for students of all ages and abilities to connect with nature, increase physical fitness and promote sustainability and environmental literacy.

Activities include learning about Eco-systems and habitats, identifying native plants and animals, controlling invasive species, as well as, hiking, snowshoeing and other outdoor recreation activities. The objective of the program is for kids to have fun while learning about nature and getting physically active.

Mississippi Valley Conservancy collaborates with WisCorps, which offers the classroom education component, to maximize resources, increase outreach opportunities and reduce duplication of efforts.

“We are excited for the opportunity to continue our strong partnership with Mississippi Valley Conservancy to expand high quality environmental education programming for youth in the greater La Crosse area,” stated Matt Brantner of WisCorps.

In the 2014-2015 school year, over 2,600 students participated in the Acorns to Oaks environmental education program through this grant.

If you are interested in learning more about Acorns to Oaks or getting your students involved, please contact Mississippi Valley Conservancy at 608.784.3606 x 6.