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Mission: SaveNature.org (formerly The Center for Ecosystem Survival) is dedicated to creating global partnerships to inspire broad-based participation in the preservation of biological diversity through ecosystem protection worldwide. Savenature.org works in partnership with schools, universities, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, natural history museums, and science centers worldwide to protect wildlife and nature.

Geographic areas served: greater San Francisco Bay Area and nationwide

Programs: Savenature. Org is dedicated to creating global partnerships to inspire broad based participation in the preservation of biological diversity through ecosystem protection world wide. Savenature. Org works in partnerships with schools, universities,zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, natural history museums and science centers worldwide to protect wildlife in nature. Savenature. Org has five signature programs, the adopt an acre, adopt of reef and the award winning conservation parking meters and the insect discovery lab and edible edventures. Funds raised go directly to the purchase and protection of critical habitat for endangered species of plants, animals in rain forest and marine ecosystems. The goal of savenature. Org is to increase individual participation and awareness of world wide conservation by providing an opportunity for stewardship and direct action.

funds raised through the center's signature programs are used directly for the purchase and protection of critical habitat and for endangered species of plants and threatened animals in rainforces and marine ecosystems.

adopt a reef program: donations from this public program are sent to other not for profit organizations like the nature conservancy for the express purpose for the protection of threatened and endangered coral reef habitats in the dominican republic and in the asia pacific. Adopt an acre program: donations from this public program are sent to not for profit organizations like the nature conservancy and the dry forest conservation fund for the express purpose for the purchase and protection of threatened and endangered rain forest habitat in central and south american and africa. Marine conservation meters (fees and funds) program: fees support the production, materials, design elements and participation fees. Fees collected from the public through our partner not for profit organizations are used for the express and restricted purpose to support conservation efforts in ocean ecosystems. Rain forest conservation meters (fees and funds) program: fees support the production, materials, design elements and participation fees. Funds collected form the public through our partner not for profit organizations are used for the express and restricted purpose to support conservation efforts in rain forest ecosystems. The center's insect discovery lab program: this program is a dynamic traveling educational outreach effort designed to inspire school-aged children about invertebrates and how to participate in the preservation of biological diversity through ecosystem protection. Our program provides for learning which is self directed, life-long and motivated mainly by intrinsic interests, curiosity, exploration manipulation and social interaction. Fee donations support the care, feeding and maintenance of live invertebrates. Additionally funds support transportation out reach and general support of savenature. Org conservation educational programs. Edible ed ventures: edible ed ventures is a new educational outreach program of savenature. Org, which inspires children, parents and teachers to consider earth-friendly food choices through hands-on demonstrations, interactive lessons, and scientific experiments. Edible ed ventures travels to classrooms and communities and encourage children to pull out their green thumbs, explore theireating habits and cultivate an understanding of the linkage between food and nature.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Savenature allows children and adults to get really excited about bugs all while teaching is about how we can contribute to preserving the natural world. They put words into action and make nature real by bringing it to people where they work, live and learn.

Sam M.

Donor

Rating: 5

SaveNture.org creates positive involvement for children and adults alike to care for our precious resources. Many years ago I volunteered for the organization (when called Center for Ecosystem Survival) and saw first hand how enthusiastic school kids got when helping to save rain forests, becoming engaged in efforts to be grassroots conservationists. Taking the next step SaveNature.org became involved with protecting and preserving coral reefs- more important ecosystems; and their work continues to inspire and be successful with those programs as well as the Insect Lab.

Christine131

Donor

Rating: 5

When my sister died we wanted to raise money to do something to remember her by. She hated zoos and we looked at funding a police dog, but that was taken care of before we fundraised. A friend put me in touch with SaveNature.org. The Director himself called me up and discussed what his organization did and how my sister could have a lasting legacy while helping with conservation. Not only that, but he told his staff my sister's story and the staff even donated to our cause. This is an exceptional organization that I am proud to support!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Savenature.org has been an inspiration to us as a family and especially for our daughter Madison who has been diligent in her plight to save our oceans! She has just released her first music EP in which she is donating a portion of her proceeds to this, her most beloved organization. They inspire and make a difference. We need to continue to get that message out there. Keep it up!!!

Sandi L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

SaveNature.Org is one of the most innovative grassroots conservation organizations ever created. As a former Zoo Education Director, I became involved with the organization over 20 years ago (when it was called the Center for Ecosystem Survival). We placed one of the Conservation Meters that Norm Gershenz had created to "collect change to make a change" near one of our exhibits. With the Conservation Meter our zoo was finally able to empower every one of our guests to take part in a collective global conservation effort. Every child who puts a nickel, dime or quarter in the meter is proud to know they are helping save species. The meter at just this zoo has raised tens of thousands of dollars over the years. The Insect Discovery Lab of SaveNature.Org is such an important traveling program to inspire conservation stewardship. I am proud to now be working more closely with SaveNature.Org by helping expand the Insect Discovery Lab, which is now available in Central Florida.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

SaveNature.org is a fantastic conservation organization. Many groups do great work in the field as does SaveNature.org, but to me that thing that sets this organization apart is that it serves as an inspiration for so many people. Children and working people who aren't capable of big financial commitments can still be part of the effort to conserve the world's wild places and wildlife through SaveNature.org.
This is grassroots conservation at its absolute best. Nothing will ensure the future of wildlife as much as a committed next generation of conservationists. SaveNature.org is motivating, inspiring, and producing that next generation through their worthwhile projects and creative opportunities to support them.
Norm G. is a hero to most of the zookeepers and aquarists in North America.

Linda R.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been board member for about 10 years. Center for Ecosystem Survival is now SaveNature.Org. SaveNature.Org rasies money to purchase and protect rainforests and coral reefs around the world. The executive director and scientific advisors have impressive credentials and are extremely well plugged in to the world of conservation. SNO's roster of member organizations and individuals is impressive.

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

After observing SaveNature.org for several years (it was formerly called Center for Ecosystem Survival), I was so impressed that I accepted an invitation to join the board, on which I have now served for about ten years. This nonprofit raises money to save rainforest and coral reefs around the world; in 20 years, over $1.3 million has been raised. In 2001, a dozen donors traveled together to Madagascar to see a total solar eclipse and, more importantly, to visit the precious wildlife there. We saw many lemurs, chameleons, brilliantly colored insects, and more. Our newest project is to spread the word about sustainable food. Early in 2009 we will be inaugurating Seed to Table, visiting classrooms, fairs, and other events to help our fellow citizens save the earth with their food choices.