Who Will Carry On?

Let’s face it. Those of us who founded INPAWS in 1993 are getting on in years. We need new blood to invigorate the organization and carry the mission forward. Where will the next generation of stewards come from?

We’re lucky to have attracted some energetic young people to take leadership positions. We’re taking the INPAWS display to garden shows, Earth Day festivals, and master gardener events to spread the word. At DNR’s Hoosier Experience, we reach families looking for ways to enjoy the outdoors. But we need to do more.

We’re especially concerned about how to gain mindshare with the generation just coming up, many of whom who seem to be totally out of touch with the natural world.

School outing at Winterhaven Wildflowers and Monarch Preserve

 

Broadening INPAWS’ Reach

Here are a few projects INPAWS is working on to develop tomorrow’s promoters and protectors of native plants. We invite you to explore where you might fit in.

Letha’s Youth Outdoors Fund  A program of grants to schools and youth organizations to support inspiring excursions to Indiana’s natural areas and youth-initiated projects that bring them in contact with nature.

School Projects  INPAWS volunteers are working informally in local schools to share with students and teachers their passion for native plants and the natural world.

Education and Outreach  INPAWS has a committee dedicated to greeting the public wherever people gather to learn about gardening or the natural environment.

Speakers Bureau  INPAWS volunteers will narrate prepared slide shows to interested groups upon request.