students take part in 2017 youth conservation field day

Shawano, WI (October 25, 2017) – The Shawano County Land Conservation Department has been selected as a 2017 Cellcom Green Gift recipient. The organization received a $1000 Green Gift from Cellcom for its youth conservation field day.

The field day is hosted each September at Navarino Nature Center with 250 fifth-grade students from schools in Shawano County attending. Local natural resource professionals cover topics including wetlands and soils, conservation officers, forestry and forest fire control, wildlife, fisheries, agriculture and alternative energy.

“Our goal is to introduce them to careers in natural resources, help them understand different conservation and preservation practices and help students develop an appreciation for the outdoors,” said Scott Frank, Shawano County conservationist.

The Green Gift from Cellcom will support the 2018 youth conservation field day. The Shawano County Land Conservation Department launched its annual youth field day in 2013 after a group of local environmental professionals determined there was an environmental programming gap for fifth grade students in the area. Continued support from the Shawano County University of Wisconsin-Extension, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Navarino Nature Center, USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service and Shawano County Dairy Promotion, Inc. has helped the event see continued success.

The Shawano County Land Conservation Department was among 33 green organizations that received a share of the $44,000 in Green Gifts from Cellcom this year. The Green Gifts program launched in 2010 and uses funds generated from Cellcom’s cell phone recycling program to fund green nonprofit initiatives. Customers and community members can bring in their old or unwanted phones to be reused and recycled. Cellcom sends the phones to recyclers who in return send money to Cellcom for the materials that were saved from the phones. Cellcom’s Green Gift program completes the green cycle that starts with consumers being environmentally-conscious and donating their devices.

“Our service area is fortunate to be teeming with non-profits that are creatively using their resources to help the environment though education and activism. Donating your phone allows us to contribute to their efforts through our Green Gifts program and ultimately work toward a greener tomorrow,” said Brighid Riordan, director of public affairs and customer experience initiatives at Cellcom.

Visit Cellcom’s website for the full list of winners. Cellcom is proud to support organizations of all sizes, whose work is impacting the community and building a greener tomorrow. The company’s recycling program has generated $310,975 for local charities over the past 14 years.

Cellcom is an innovative wireless company that provides nationwide service for its customer base throughout Wisconsin and Michigan, with more than 50 retail and agent locations. Cellcom is respected for its long-standing reputation of delivering extraordinary customer care, being a strong community partner, and for its renowned network, which is customized to its rural markets. As a subsidiary of Nsight, Cellcom is part of a family of companies offering complete telecommunications services.