Washington, DC (October 22, 2009)- Two national conservation organizations will merge forces to improve U.S. nature education and help young people save the planet- one tree at a time. The National Wildlife Federation and the national tree-planting and youth education organization, ERTHNXT, will, through an organizational merger, combine forces to further environmental literacy, youth volunteerism, habitat restoration, and reversing global warming.
Bernard David, Chair of ERTHNXT said, “ERTHNXT’s principal programs engage children in planting trees to protect the environment and help them learn both the scientific and social value of nature to their communities and to their own lives. The ERTHNXT program is carefully designed to provide children with understanding and confidence in their own inner power to learn and to make a difference.”
National Wildlife Federation serves some four to five million youth and children annually through its school programs, award-winning children’s publications, including Ranger Rick, online curricula, neighborhood habitat restoration, parents’ education and signature outdoor events. Larry Schweiger, President and CEO of the Federation said, “ERTHNXT and its Trees for the 21st Century program blends perfectly with our three main goals of stopping global warming, restoring habitats and keeping people connected to nature.”
ERTHNXT’s Trees for the 21st Century reaches children across America through its educational and tree-planting program, involving science-based learning, tree-planting, and ongoing stewardship activities. ERTHNXT has partnerships with the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts and the service-learning organization, EarthForce, among others. Most recently, ERTHNXT joined forces with New York Restoration Project to launch Scouts for MillionTreesNYC, a youth education, tree planting and stewardship program aimed at engaging New York City’s 80,000 Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to help achieve Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s and NYRP Founder Bette Midler’s shared dream of planting and caring for one million new trees across New York City’s five boroughs.
Trees for the 21st Century and ERTHNXT are powerful additions to NWF and to its educational programs such as Eco-Schools USA, the Schoolyard Wildlife Habitat Program, Campus Ecology, community and backyard habitat certifications, and, importantly, our national parents’ and children’s education campaign to connect children and families to the outdoors- Be Out There.
“This merger could not come at a better time for both organizations as we work to prepare today’s children for a world in which they will need more environmental skills, civic-mindedness, and an understanding of how even our most difficult environmental challenges can be addressed by individuals” said Bernard David of ERTHNXT.