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When you give to Heartland Conservation Alliance, you join thousands of others who want to protect and restore our natural heritage. Please make a donation today to help advance regional conservation efforts, to reconnect the region’s residents to our natural heritage, and to ensure its protection for generations to come.










{images: Bill Brant, Community Volunteer, at Blue River, Spring 2019 East High School Green Guard Stewards, Antony Perez from Police Athletic League at Blue Valley Park workday}


“[Experiencing] the Blue River taught me, and helped me teach other people, the importance of taking responsibility for the area in which we live,” shared Belinda Caldwell-Shelby, a social worker and resident of Kansas City, Missouri’s Third District. Belinda participated in the Heartland Conservation Alliance Green Guard Stewardship program in 2018. Since then, she has led community clean up days promoting the message of a healthy environment and a healthy community.

Belinda’s work and spirit capture the heart of Heartland Conservation Alliance’s mission, which is to proactively conserve, protect and restore natural lands and open space in the Kansas City region. Belinda’s story highlights just how we accomplish this through collaborating with a network of public and private organizations, and through public outreach and education. We promote and preserve a vibrant, resilient Blue River corridor that is a centerpiece of revitalized neighborhoods and that enhances the beauty and desirability of our city. 

2019 was a significant year for us and our Alliance members. We purchased and saved 40 acres of oak-hickory forest along the Blue River. We are restoring 20 acres of wetland at Municipal Farm. The Green Guard Stewardship Training program welcomed 25 new Conservation Stewards to help protect the Blue River and its tributaries. Heartland Conservation Alliance along with the many Renew The Blue members hosted more than 45 events and presentations throughout the year with a combined attendance of 5,000 people. 

Working with The Nature Conservancy in Kansas and the Missouri Department of Conservation, we produced and published the inaugural Blue River Report Card. The report card is instrumental in defining shared metrics throughout a watershed that spans two states, four counties, and twenty cities. This year we also completed the Blue River Documentary, capturing stories about the joys and challenges facing this urban waterway.


Throughout the watershed, we work to connect individuals to their natural assets through restoration workdays and family-friendly social events. Heartland Conservation Alliance is promoting neighborhood-led conservation efforts through the Restoring Vacant Lots Program. We are also collaborating with the Blue Valley Neighborhood community and neighboring schools to restore 40 acres of forest in Blue Valley Park. 

Our ability to deliver high quality, impactful programs depends on the support of our community. Your donation is an investment in our region’s natural places and the health of the local ecosystem. Your tax-free donation helps keep natural places beautiful. Your support strengthens the connection between neighbor and nature. No gift is too small.  Consider a gift of $50 to make your community a beautiful and bountiful landscape. 


With deepest gratitude, on behalf of the Heartland Conservation Alliance Board of Directors, we thank you for your consideration and contribution to our common cause.


Yours truly,


Jill Erickson

Executive Director 


P.S.  Heartland Conservation Alliance is a 501(c)3 charitable organization therefore your gift is tax-deductible under IRS regulations. Checks should be payable to Heartland Conservation Alliance. Consider setting up a monthly donation online at

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Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center

4750 Troost Avenue

Kansas City, MO 64110

(816) 759-7305, ext. 1148

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