National Wildlife Federation - South Central Regional Center
NWF’s South Central Regional Center works to protect the land, water, and wildlife of Texas, and to connect people of all ages with nature.
44 East Ave, Ste 200
Austin, TX 78701.
Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Number: 10622
State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) Code: 035522
City of Austin Combined Charities Campaign (COACCC) Code: 1851
City of Houston Employees (HCMC) Code: 1496
Houston Independent School District (HISD) Code: 01A3
Administrative Percentage = 21.65%
How your contributions help:
$300 per year provides Eco-Schools materials and curriculum for 8 teachers
$200 per year purchases 70 bags of mulch for Discovery Hill Demonstration Schoolyard Habitat
$100 per year funds 8 participants at a Hike & Seek event
What National Wildlife Federation - South Central Regional Center does:
Creating innovative outdoor classrooms: NWF is a leader in school-based environmental education through our Eco-Schools and Schoolyard Habitats programs:
- NWF’s Eco-Schools USA: Through school-based action teams of students, administrators, teachers and community volunteers, the Eco-Schools USA program brings together effective "green" management of school grounds, facilities and curriculum. Through this initiative, NWF inspires kids to be good stewards of the environment and take action to reduce their environmental footprint in their school community. There are currently 20 Eco-Schools in Austin ISD, and 35 in Houston ISD.
- NWF’s Schoolyard Habitats: To help reconnect today's children to the outdoors, NWF assists schools in the development and use of outdoor classrooms. These Schoolyard Habitat gardens become places where students learn about wildlife species and ecosystems, hone their academic skills, and nurture their innate curiosity and creativity. In 2013, with generous support from donors and volunteers, we created and opened Discovery Hill, an innovative half-acre Demonstration Schoolyard Habitat and outdoor classroom at the Austin school district’s Health and Science Resource Center. The district is now using Discovery Hill for student field trips and to train teachers, curriculum specialists, and administrators on how to use outdoor nature-based education to advance science learning.
Working to restore the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River Delta: In 2012, NWF was instrumental in helping secure passage of the RESTORE Act, which will dedicate fines and penalties from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill to the restoration of the Gulf of Mexico and its coastal areas. NWF is now building support for effective ecosystem restoration projects in Texas. Every hour, another football field of the Mississippi River Delta erodes into the Gulf of Mexico. NWF and its partners are working to ensure the river delta is safe and sustainable for people and wildlife through advocacy and implementation of initiatives to restore the Mississippi’s natural capacity to build land.
Protecting Texas Rivers: Through our Texas Living Waters project, NWF has worked since 2001 to reform the way Texas manages and uses its limited fresh water resources. Our advocacy and education work contributed to the recent historic passage of Proposition 6, the state constitutional amendment to create new funding for water projects. As a result, we now have a real opportunity to implement critical water conservation measures for the benefit of both people and wildlife. Our Texas Living Waters team is committed to protecting the state’s precious rivers, streams and estuaries to better preserve the Texas we love for future generations.
NWF’s Habitat Stewards: This community volunteer program trains volunteers how to create habitat for wildlife and enlists them to promote wildlife gardening by giving presentations, volunteering to create Schoolyard Habitats, writing articles for local media or restoring habitat in a public site.