Island Preserved for Future Generations
Elizabeth Hird created the Outer Island Education and Research Fund in 2003 to ensure protection of the island's natural resources and to enable continued access to the island for educational and research activities.
|Outer Island access point. Visit outerisland.org for more information about the research and education that goes on and friendsofouterisland.org for volunteer opportunities and upcoming events.|
For 30 years, Elizabeth Hird was a pioneer in the local community for environmental preservation and education. Perhaps no single act demonstrated her commitment to environmental conservation as much as her donation of Outer Island to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1995.
In 2002, Hird bequeathed another piece of real estate – this time her home – with instructions that it be sold and its proceeds added to the Outer Island Fund. Hird's Outer Island Education and Research Fund is currently valued at over $2 million, ensuring that Outer Island will be preserved in its natural state and used for education and research by students, environmental agencies and others for years to come.
Youth enrolled in Solar Youth 's Summer Camp are one of the many groups who benefit from island day trips and exploration. Become a kid again - watch them practice a humming meditation while studying periwinkles along the coastline.
Like Elizabeth, you or someone you know can create a lasting legacy through a permanent endowment that preserves your passions.
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This article is part of the Inspiration Monday story series produced by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.