Because of you, our great community, we have been able to build deeper connections between our community, nature, and Save Mount Diablo. Our Conservation Collaboration Agreement program for local schools and businesses has been supported by educational and corporate leaders.
Save Mount Diablo Conservation Collaboration Agreements:
A Program Connecting Kids with Nature
Broadcast on NBC Bay Area—April 28, 2019
A Conservation Collaboration Agreement has three basic parts:
Save Mount Diablo staff provide in-class educational presentations regarding land conservation of the Mount Diablo area to the participating students and also to the sponsoring company’s employees at their office.
Save Mount Diablo staff teach and lead the participating students and employees in an outdoor, experiential field day at one of Save Mount Diablo’s conserved properties, which includes an environmental service project, a field ecology class, an interpretive nature hike, and a solo out on the land where each participant does a contemplative journal writing exercise about nature.
Finally, in an act of educational and participatory philanthropy, the business will provide Save Mount Diablo memberships for all of its employees while the students will raise funds so that they can become members of Save Mount Diablo through our youth membership program.
Community Conservation: A Long-Term Sustainability Strategy
Our Conservation Collaboration Agreement program showcases community conservation at work.
Community conservation is a new focus of the national land conservation movement in the United States.
Community conservation is a critical long-term sustainability strategy that builds meaningful connections and relationships between a land trust, the community in which the land trust works, and nature. You need all three legs of this stool to be strong and engaged for efforts to preserve the land to stand up to the test of time.
Reconnecting modern society to nature: a cultural realignment
A cultural realignment with nature at the center, which land trusts can assist with through community conservation work, will ensure our great legal and scientific tools used to protect nature are not dismissed by a modern, wired society largely disconnected from the natural world.
One of the ways in which we can explore the concept of community conservation is to examine it within the context of the evolving land conservation field and the cross-cultural phenomenon of natural sacred places. We must ask what we can learn from various cultures, traditions, and their relationships with nature—for example, by exploring how Hawaiian, Native American, and other indigenous cultures relate to the natural world.
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