Archer Daniels Midland Company recently donated $20,000 to the Macon County Conservation Foundation. The donation will be used to present the Into the Wild program series and expand School Science Partnerships. Into the Wild introduces families to a different environmental topic each month through a variety of fun activities on topics such as birds, insects, astronomy, and migration. After a successful pilot program this past school year, the School Science Partnerships will be expanded to bring naturalists into the classroom to provide hands-on learning about the environmental sciences at five schools during the upcoming school year.
“ADM is a great partner in making these educational opportunities available for the families and schools in our community,” said Matt Bennett, President of the Macon County Conservation Foundation. “The teachers told us the School Science Partnership provided an outstanding program and the students loved learning about animals and their habitats. We are pleased to be able to expand this program in the upcoming school year and to continue our monthly Into the Wild program for Macon County families.”
The Macon County Conservation Foundation plays a key role in preserving Macon County’s natural resources protecting the quality of the water you drink, the air you breathe, and the natural spaces you enjoy. The Conservation Foundation’s efforts have created special places in Macon County Conservation Areas that provide needed habitat for wildlife, wild areas for children to explore, and natural spaces for all of us to wander, clear our minds and exercise our bodies.
The donation was given through ADM Cares. ADM Cares is a social investment program that directs funds to initiatives and organizations that drive meaningful social, economic and environmental progress worldwide. The program comprises three distinct focus areas: supporting the responsible development of agriculture, improving the quality of life in ADM communities and fostering employee giving and volunteer activities.