High school student Alisakah BishopGathering Waters: Wisconsin’s Alliance for Land Trusts, has earned its reputation as the nation’s premier land trust service center. One of the land trusts it supports, Milwaukee’s River Revitalization Foundation (RRF), gives high school students the chance to get out in the natural world and gain job experience. Staff say it’s amazing to watch the youth transform—from knowing nothing about nature to truly caring about our environment.

As one student, Alisakah, said, “The work that we do is important because we need nature much more than we need basically everything else. . . . It’s going to be here after we’re gone. We need to take care of it.”