The Links, Incorporated

Welcome to our partnership resource page!

"The National Wildlife Federation is proud to partner with The Links, Incorporated and support The Links' individual member and chapter work to connect youth to STEM learning in nature through the Garden for Wildlife™ program. We commend The Links' commitment to WildSTEM work to restore and enhance wildlife habitat where people live, work, play, learn, and worship across communities. Specifically, we will work together to engage underrepresented communities in conservation to benefit both wildlife and people. The National Wildlife Federation's commitment to equity and environmental justice will underscore our work together."

– Mary Phillips, Senior Director, Garden for Wildlife

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Jackson County (MO) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated’s members socially distance in front of their newly installed Garden for Wildlife, which was planted on a vacant lot formerly used for dumping.

The Links, Incorporated (The Links) is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. The membership consists of more than 16,000 professional women of color in 288 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, and the United Kingdom. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining, and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.

Environmental Work

The Links-NWF partnership is crucial in bridging the divide between STEM education and wildlife conservation. More importantly, this partnership will elevate the messaging around the urgency and importance of reconnecting all people to nature while inspiring a new generation of environmental stewards. Even before the partnership began, members of The Links played instrumental roles in this important area.

The National Headquarters of The Links, Incorporated in Washington, DC, has been officially certified as the 250,000th National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat® in the nation. “We are proud to be designated as a significant Certified Wildlife Habitat® garden that complements our LEED Gold-certified headquarters building,” said Dr. Kimberly Jeffries Leonard, national president of The Links. Also, 1,800 members responded enthusiastically Dr. Jeffries Leonard's Earth Day 2020 call to action to create wildlife-friendly gardens at home while sheltering in place this spring.

WildSTEM program lead and National Wildlife Federation Board Member Dr. Mamie Parker has incorporated the Garden for Wildlife efforts within the LINKS-STEMREADY Signature Program. This program is integral to The Links’ considerable work across the nation and abroad both to address disproportional environmental impacts on our communities, and to educate and prepare our youth — particularly those in disadvantaged areas — for careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

The National Wildlife Federation and The Links, Incorporated have compiled gardening resources to meet the unique needs of kids and families, schools, communities, and anyone just getting started with their habitat garden. Click a bolded link below to access a resource.

Resources for Building Your Habitat Garden

Resources for Youth and Family

  • Virtual Classroom Resources – a collection of activities and crafts to help you connect your children to nature, even from inside your home
  • Ranger Rick at Home – Explore the outdoors from home with new activities every day of the week!

Resources for Community and School Partners

Wild STEM Monthly Learning Guides for Links Chapters

Theme: Climate and Environmental Justice | 2022-2023 School Year

Where We Work

More than one-third of U.S. fish and wildlife species are at risk of extinction in the coming decades. The National Wildlife Federation is on the ground in seven regions across the country, collaborating with 53 state and territory affiliates to reverse the crisis and ensure wildlife thrive.

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