Help Yellowstone-Area Youth Discover Nature!

Goal: $ 5250

No of Donation: 51

 

 

Goal: $ 5250
Amount Raised: $ 5255
Remaining : $
No of Donation : 51
Category : Education
Url : http://www.mtaudubon.org
Contact Number : 406-443-3949
Address : 324 Fuller Ave Ste N5
State : Helena
City : MT
Country : US
Zipcode : 59601

Challenge

Billings-area youth are failing to connect with nature. Research suggests that limited outdoor experiences hamper the physical and emotional development of children. Many families do not have the resources, equipment, time to enrich the lives of their children by introducing them to the natural environment. Consequently, children are missing out on the natural wonders of earth. As conservationists we know that instilling a conservation ethic in our youth is essential for saving the planet.

Solution

Montana Audubon promotes appreciation, knowledge and conservation of Montana's native birds, other wildlife, and natural ecosystems to safeguard biological diversity for current and future generations.
The Montana Audubon Center, in Billings, Montana, connects people with nature, with an emphasis on under-served youth and families. As part of our Center's programs, we are developing, promoting, and operating Montana's first public, ADA accessible Nature Play Area. This space will provide a safe, free place for children to play outside and connect with nature in an unstructured manner. This unique play area will mimic natural components found along the nearby Yellowstone River corridor.

Long-Term Impact

The Montana Audubon Center's Shepard Nature Play Space, and adjacent areas of natural habitat, free and accessible to the public, is located within a rapidly growing urban community. Its close proximity to Billings' low-income south-side district provides meaningful, year-round environmental science and outdoor recreation for at-risk youth. Low income students and families benefit. Diverse experiences are provided to connect with nature and each other--a win for the whole community.

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