Students at The Hope Institute for Children and Families enjoy a beautiful 26 acre wooded campus near the shore of Lake Springfield.  As a result, they early learn the importance of preserving our natural environment.

So, it’s only natural that the celebration of Earth Day would be big event on the Hope campus.

This year, Hope students planted flowers to celebrate Earth Day.  Yet this is just one of the many ways that students are taught the importance of preserving nature and respecting the environment.

“We are privileged to have such a beautiful setting,” said Hope President and CEO Clint Paul.  “We want to ensure our students appreciate the environment and know how to take care of it.”

Each year, the boys and girls at Hope help plant and maintain a campus vegetable garden.  The crops from the garden are then sold at the Springfield Farmer’s Market.  Participants in the Scouting program at Hope take nature walks along the many pathways near campus.  Vocational students learn how to shred paper in preparation for recycling.

Thanks to your support, students will leave Hope with an appreciation for the wonders of nature and the importance of environmental preservation.