Programs in the South Central Region

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NWF's South Central Regional Center works with state affiliates to protect the land, water and wildlife of the Gulf coast and central United States. We maintain beneficial partnerships with state affiliates and diverse partners who support our vision for conservation across Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas.

Thanks to friends and supporters like you, the National Wildlife Federation’s South Central Region has made significant gains in wildlife conservation and environmental education!


Gulf Restoration

Congress’s 2012 passage of the RESTORE Act, a landmark law that directs fines and penalties from the BP Oil Spill to Gulf Coast restoration and recovery, represented the largest conservation investment in the nation’s history. NWF’s Gulf Restoration Campaign team is leading efforts across the Gulf to use RESTORE dollars to protect and restore the Gulf’s estuaries and coastal habitats, which are essential to restoring wildlife and promoting sustainable fishing.

Mississippi River Delta Restoration

Every hour, another football field of the Mississippi River Delta erodes into the Gulf of Mexico. Find out how we can restore these critical coastal marshes.

Restoring Southern Forests

An ambitious forestry program focusing on Longleaf pine restoration on private lands. Read more about the importance of longleaf pine and restoration solutions.

Texas Living Waters

The recent historic passage of Prop 6, the state constitutional amendment to create new funding for water projects, provides a real opportunity to implement critical water conservation measures in Texas. Since 2001, NWF’s Texas Living Waters Project has worked to ensure that Texas manages its fresh water for the benefit of people and wildlife. A major focus for the Living Waters team in the coming year will be to ensure Prop 6 is properly implemented to meet conservation goals, and to engage the public to support conservation options.

Bringing People and Nature Together

Over the past 20 years, the amount of time American children spend outside every day has declined by 50%, and obesity rates among adolescents have more than tripled. Through its Be Out There campaign, the National Wildlife Federation promotes healthy outdoor activities. We are partnering with city parks in Atlanta, St. Louis, and Houston on our signature Hike & Seek event for children and families. These events engage a diverse group of urban families in fun educational activities that help them learn about wildlife and local natural resources and connect with nature in their own backyards, neighborhoods, and parks. .

Policy Agenda for Children & Nature

Working with governors and state legislatures, National Wildlife Federation is crafting ground-breaking state policy responses to the challenge of connecting children with nature.

Schoolyard Habitats & Eco-Schools

NWF is a leader in school-based environmental programs. In recent years we helped develop Schoolyard Habitats on 22 campuses in the Austin school district and more than 40 in Houston. This year, with generous support from dozens of donors and hundreds of volunteer hours of labor, 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 in the classroom go green.

NWF's Earth Tomorrow

NWF's Earth Tomorrow leaders join community volunteers in efforts to conserve a 26-acre urban forest preserve by removing invasive plant species, repairing bridges, and gardening.

Campus Ecology

National Wildlife Federation challenges colleges and universities to reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions, engage students as advocates for global warming solutions, and support green jobs training programs.


Looking Ahead:

The successes mentioned above are only a few of our many accomplishments, but as we look ahead, we know there is still much to do. Our success depends on your generous support; together we can help eco-systems and wildlife in this region and across the country. Donate to our region today!



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