Gen C Giving Tree

The Second Year of the Gen C Giving Tree launches in May!

 The Generation Conservation (Gen C) Giving Tree gives conservation-minded people in their 20s, 30s, and 40s the opportunity to engage directly in the work of The Nature Conservancy in Indiana. Giving Tree members will have the opportunity to meet Conservancy staff and see their work first-hand.

The Gen C Giving Tree is a giving circle. Members of the Giving Tree will each contribute $600 to a pool of funds. As a Giving Tree member, you will be invited to three field trips, where Conservancy scientists will give you a tour of their work and explain how the Giving Tree funds would help them do it better. At the end of the season, you’ll vote to choose the winning project. Consider yourself a Conservancy insider by joining this exciting initiative!

Donations can be given by an individual, a couple, a family, or two households can share one $600 vote. Donations may be made as one payment, or we can set up monthly payments by credit card.

Stretching your money further . . . One generous Gen C family has generously offered to match each $600 donation, up to $15,000. Our goal is to raise more than $30,000 for conservation in Indiana.


2014 Gen C Giving Tree Projects and Field Trip Dates

Launch Party!
May 10th, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Efroymson Conservation Center in Indianapolis
Join us at our sustainable Indianapolis headquarters building to learn more about our plan for the year and the three projects. Schedule as follows:
3:00 - 4:00  Outdoor activities for kids and adults, including a garden tour and advice about native landscaping
4:00 - 4:30  Come inside for a brief presentation to learn more about the Giving Tree and have all of your questions answered
4:30 - 5:00  Social time

Can’t make it on the 10th? Join us over your lunch hour on Friday the 9th for just the presentations and an opportunity to have all of your questions answered.

Greenhouse for Barrens Restoration
Represented by Beth Mizell
Field Trip: May 31 at Teeple Glade
While The Nature Conservancy generally tries to preserve natural landscapes that are already intact, we also do restoration work on landscapes that are highly threatened – including the globally rare limestone glades and chert barrens of southern Indiana. A new native plant nursery would help our restoration efforts by giving us the capacity to grow plants from locally collected seed sources. We’ll visit Teeple Glade at the peak of its wildflower season, and you’ll see why we want to restore more properties like it!

Nature Preserve Access
Represented by Jesse Moore and Mike Everidge
Field Trip: June 21 at Big Walnut
Protecting the plants and animals is always the Conservancy’s highest priority at our nature preserves, but we like to help people enjoy them, too. We have several beautiful but remote nature preserves in southern Indiana that are difficult to access because there is no parking, and they are located on narrow, rural roads with no shoulders. With $30,000 we could build parking lots at four of these nature preserves and improve access for many who would like to visit them.

Restoration at Teft Savanna
Represented by Ellen Jacquart and Stuart Orr
Field Trip: September 27 at Teft Savanna
Indiana has some of the best remaining examples of black oak savannas in the world. Savannas should be more open than a forest but more closed than a prairie. Historically, they have depended on fire to periodically “clean” their understory. We recently acquired a new piece of savanna property where fire has been suppressed and the understory is too dense to clear with fire alone. $30,000 would help us clear about 15 acres using mechanical and chemical methods. On our field trip, you’ll see examples of beautiful, healthy savanna in addition to areas that need some work.

Ready to Join?  Want more information?  Contact Ann Smith at or (317) 829-3899.

Download the Gen C Giving Tree brochure.

Download the Gen C Giving Tree pledge form.


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