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Friends for Nachusa's Future

Volunteers have invested thousands of hours protecting and planting this landscape.

Hundreds of Nachusa volunteers have invested thousands of hours protecting and planting this landscape. They created a separate non-profit, the Friends of Nachusa Grasslands, which is dedicated to the long-term protection of the preserve. In 2009, they also created a Conservancy-operated endowment fund to maintain stewardship efforts. Many have included the endowment in their estate plans.

Long-term success may rest in the hands of Nachusa's youngest supporters: the Youth Stewardship Program. For nearly a dozen years, every fourth grader at the local school has come to this outdoor classroom to count birds, harvest seed, take measurements and make sketches — all of the things that adult stewards do. These quality education experiences foster an understanding of what natural areas require to survive and support a lifelong appreciation of nature.

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