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Island Preserved for Future Generations Gets Paid a Visit by New Haven Youth

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. 

Later on, Hird created the Outer Island Education and Research Fund at The Foundation to ensure protection of the island’s natural resources and to enable continued access to the island for educational and research activities. Donations made to the fund support the instructional, research and outreach programs about Outer Island which are administered by the Connecticut State University System. 
 

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. The 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.

Visit outerisland.org for more information about the research and education that goes on and friendsofouterisland.org for volunteer opportunities and upcoming events.

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Like Elizabeth, you or someone you know can create a lasting legacy through a permanent endowment that preserves your passions. To learn how to create your own donor advised fund, please contact Sharon Cappetta at scappetta@cfgnh.org or 203-777-7071.

This article is part of the Inspiration Monday story series produced by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

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