(Butler, PA) The Butler County Community College Education Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce a gift of $34,000 from the William L. Baer Conservation Scholarship Fund. This gift will establish an endowed fund to support conservation education and related programs.
The William L. Baer Conservation Scholarship Fund was created as a memorial to Mr. Baer in 1970. Mr. Baer, a lifelong Saxonburg resident, was an avid sportsman and conservationist. He served as president of the Butler County Sportsmen’s Conservation Council during the 1960’s. Along with his friend Leonard A. Green, Mr. Baer established the first Scout Explorer Post in Butler County and supported the Butler County Conservation School and Junior Conservation Camp. For years the William L. Baer Conservation Scholarship Fund provided scholarships to students attending Junior Conservation Camp which was held at the Butler City Hunting and Fishing Club in East Butler.
The Baer Fund was founded to inspire young people to become active in conservation work. Many conservation leaders were active in establishing and benefiting from the fund. Leonard A. Green went on to serve as Chairman of the Board of the National Wildlife Federation. Larry Schweiger, another Butler County youth who attended the Conservation School, recently retired as the CEO of the National Wildlife Federation.
“There is a rich tradition of conservation leadership in Butler County and we hope that students at BC3 will be inspired by people like Mr. Baer who were dedicated to conservation and outdoor recreation in Butler County and across the nation,” said Jim Ferguson, member of the William L. Baer Conservation Scholarship Fund.
BC3 President Nick Neupauer stated that BC3 is honored to be the beneficiary of the William L. Baer Conservation Fund and will use the endowment to further conservation education for generations to come. Dr. Neupauer noted that the College recently completed an outdoor nature classroom for preschool age children enrolled in BC3's Children’s Creative Learning Center.
For more information, contact the BC3 Education Foundation, Inc. at 724-287-8711, ext. 8161.