GLADE, now in its second decade, needs your support to help fledge new generations of conservation leaders in the Ozarks!
The Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems (GLADE) is an annual week-long, service-learning, peer-mentoring experience provided for select local high school students by the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society in partnership with Missouri State University. Guided by qualified staff, 16 motivated 10th- and 11th-grade students work side-by-side with a wide range of environmental professionals. They participate in group problem-solving and leadership-building exercises, and collaborate with GOAS's agency partners to spend a day in hands-on habitat restoration: Transplanting native giant cane to new sites along Bull Shoals Lake tributaries, or cutting cedars encroaching into glade/savannah habitat. GLADE grads may also apply for a Community Conservation grant, and work with an adult mentor to tackle a conservation project of their own design.
We need these passionate and energetic teens to step up and be the stewards of our Ozarks landscape in the years ahead.
How is GLADE working? Its graduates have been honored as the Conservation Federation of Missouri's "Youth Conservationist of the Year" SEVEN years in a row, and last year CFM selected GLADE Co-Director Rebekah Jenkins as its "Conservation Educator of the Year." In 2020, COVID-19 forced us to cancel GLADE for the first time since it began. We welcome your help to get this important program back in the air!
Give Ozarks Day--Final Report
The last bird has sung on Give Ozarks Day, and I wanted to provide you with a final report on the day's outcome for the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society and GLADE. Including donations that were sent to us via regular mail, our total contributions for the event reached $8,343.77, with another $1,000 gift in the works as I write this. What an inspiring success you have brought about! At the same time several of us have been working on the details of Give Ozarks Day, other of the GOAS team have been preparing for this year's leadership academy, selecting participants from a record number of applicants and making all the final arrangements for the June event (more complicated this year, of course, due to the challenges of COVID-19 considerations). It has been a difficult year, but we are heartened for the future of conservation leadership in the Ozarks as we look ahead. Thank you for your contribution, and for your support in all the ways you express it!