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Why I Give: One Donor's Story

Each of our supporters has a unique story. Some have a deep connection to a special place in nature, others enjoy getting outside with their families, and still others relish the excitement and adventure of exploring the natural world.

Maryland first-grader Isabella was inspired by her teacher, Ms. Vonzella Brisbane, who introduced the class to a book about rainforests. Isabella also loves the ocean and already has her future career in mind: “I really want to be an artist and a marine biologist.”

Read Isabella’s story below and then share your own story to inspire others as you have inspired us!  Visit our interactive map to hear from friends and donors across the country and around the world.

"Help Earth by planting.  Help Earth by watering flowers.  Help raise money for our rain forests."

- Isabella, Conservancy supporter

nature.org:

Why do you give to The Nature Conservancy?

Isabella:

Well, my teacher in first grade read me a book called The Great Kapok Tree. There was a note from the author that said the rainforests are dying and we’re killing them. So I wanted to donate some money.

First I made a poster, and my neighbor donated a quarter. And then we told our family and our good friends about it, and they donated money. It started with just one quarter, and then I got $120.

nature.org:

What is your favorite place in nature?

Isabella:

That would probably be the beach. My favorite beach is Bethany Beach. I like the sand, how hot it is. And I like to swim in the ocean.

nature.org:

Tell us about your favorite experience in nature, or your favorite animal?

Isabella:

I think all of them were the best times. I really like dolphins. At school we’re making a book about animals, and I’m researching dolphins. We saw some on our cruise in the Caribbean and at the aquarium in Baltimore.

nature.org:

What is your wish for nature?

Isabella:

I wish that people would stop killing animals. I also wish that I could ride a dolphin.


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