Herford N. Elliott Trust
In the early 1970s, wildlife enthusiast Herford N. Elliott established the Herford N. Elliott Charitable Trust and named Girl Scouts of the USA a beneficiary. In 1977, GSUSA formed the Elliott Wildlife Values Project (EWVP)* and, since then, the project has instilled girls with a lifelong commitment to the environment and wildlife conservation through hands-on nature experiences—available to them because of Herford Elliott's vision and generosity.
The mission of the EWVP-Girl Scout partnership is to develop girls as leaders, especially as leaders in wildlife conservation and environmental stewardship efforts that positively impact their communities and the world. Its objective is to foster the Girl Scout mission—building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Through the EWVP, girls develop science, outdoor, and leadership skills through girl-led, cooperative activities in which they learn by doing. In the process, they:
- Discover a strong sense of self, develop positive values, and gain an understanding of their important role in caring for wildlife and our earth's natural resources.
- Connect with nature, the outdoors, and their local and global communities, network with environmental experts, and investigate career opportunities.
- Take action to identify community and environmental needs, positively impact the environment, and educate and inspire others to act as stewards of the earth and its wildlife.
About the EWVP Project Emphasis
The EWVP supports Girl Scout councils and global committees through program development, grants, membership and volunteer development, learning opportunities and consultative services, and collaboration with national organizations and agencies.
The project focuses on activities with the most impact in order to reach as many of our 2.7 million girl and adult members as possible, and it provides flexible options for participation and delivery to girls of diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Digital and print program resources, including the It's Your Planet: Love It! Journey series and the Girls’ Choice Outdoor badges unite girls around a common purpose in fun and educational ways. Wildlife-focused national and international travel experiences supported by EWVP funding offer girls an opportunity to connect with nature, explore global issues, and take action to protect wildlife. Thanks to the EWVP, Girl Scouts of the USA has been able to support councils and volunteers through conservation-related grants, outdoor volunteer resources and tools such as outdoor skill-building videos, the interactive Venture Out!, Outdoor Education in Girl Scouting, and more. Ultimately, it helps bring outdoor experiences and environmental and wildlife stewardship to the forefront of girls' lives.
"Only by educational processes can...any reasonable quantities of wildlife be preserved for the satisfaction and companionship of future generations."
—Herford N. Elliott
*Additional funding and in-kind support has been provided through grants, sponsors, and alliances.