“Conservation means development as much as it does protection. I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land; but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us.” – Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president of the United States and designator of the first National Wildlife Refuge

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast saves land forever, protecting those special natural lands that make this region extraordinary. A nationally accredited land conservancy, Conservation Foundation saves land to protect clean water, increase wildlife habitat, and connect people of all ages to the beauty and bliss of nature.

Working with landowners, businesses, and government, Conservation Foundation protects the character, natural integrity and biodiversity of the bays, beaches, barrier islands and their watersheds on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The Foundation purchases natural areas, holds land conservation agreements and educates for responsible land and water stewardship, and has protected forever more than 12,000 acres in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, and Collier Counties.

Land Conservation Impact:

12,083 acres across 43 properties are protected because of you and others like you, who care about our lands, waters, and way of life. This adds up to nearly 19 square miles of land that provides for kids and grown-ups, wildlife and waterways. 

The yield is abundant –  historic ranch lands, hiking trails, kayak landings, water access for swimming and fishing, and safe drinking water.  And these lands provide the landscape for imperiled animals like the gopher tortoise, nesting spots for eagles and osprey, and connective greenways for bobcats and Florida panthers.

Next Gen Conservation:

Conservation Foundation is committed to ensuring that youth education and engagement is central to our mission. A growing body of research indicates that children experience reduced stress levels and improved social skills as a result of greater activity in nature. Benefits also include increased concentration, greater attention capacities, and higher academic performance. ALL kids need connections to nature.

Next Gen Conservation is our two-pronged initiative, connecting ALL kids to nature, giving them WOW moments in nature, creating cherished memories, and benefiting from the peace and restorative powers of nature.

Our Youth in Nature program works with youth partner organizations to serve at-risk, underserved youth of  primarily middle and high school ages from Manatee and Sarasota counties, giving them adventures in the great outdoors.

The newly launched Nature Explorers program targets kids grade K-5  from the general public. 

Both programs emphasize discovery, nature-based activities and games, citizen-science, and provide experiences that do not take place before an electronic screen. Connecting kids to fun experiences in nature promotes self-led discovery, builds self-esteem, and expands their understanding and appreciation of the environment. In helping kids become connected to nature and benefit from that, we also nurture the next generation of land conservationists.

To learn more about these programs as well as the progress on conserving Orange Hammock Ranch (almost 6000 acres and recognized as one of the most important preservation opportunities in the region) visit: 

Catalist Realty is proud to be a local partner and supporter of unrestricted donations for any and all non-profits. 

Give us a call today at 941.777.2968 or reach us at INFO@CATALISTREALTY.COM 

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