ilLUMINating the natural world

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From the beginning, one of Riveredge’s core beliefs has been that everyone deserves the opportunity to experience the benefits and wonders of the great outdoors. You already help make that a reality for tens of thousands of kids each year, and thanks to incredible support from The Robert and Josephine Piper Foundation, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, and many generous individual donors, that’s also a reality for nearly 1,200 Milwaukee students who attend a Lutheran Urban Mission Initiative (LUMIN) school each year.

Through this partnership, students at five LUMIN schools are able to experience a Riveredge field trip each of their elementary years. Not only can these students connect what they are learning in school with real life concepts and experiments in a living laboratory, they can build and connect their knowledge from year to year to gain a deep understanding of the world around them. Perhaps most importantly, for many of these students, Riveredge is often their first experience in a true outdoors setting. By transforming students who are initially wary of being outdoors surrounded by nature into young adventurers who dig through the dirt for soil samples and splash through the river for macroinvertebrates, this partnership is helping train the next generation of environmentally literate citizens to explore, appreciate, and protect the natural world in their own backyard.

You can learn more about the impact you are having on the lives of these LUMIN students by checking out a spotlight on the program at the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee’s website!