What is Live Wildly?
Live Wildly was created to raise public awareness and support for wildlife corridor conservation, and jump-start a movement to fully protect and connect these critical networks. Through collaboration with partner organizations, Live Wildly is helping citizens understand their direct connection to Corridors, and the value they play in everyday life.
We’re on a mission to FIRST help protect and conserve the iconic Florida Wildlife Corridor – and secure the remaining 46% of its vast network that is at risk.
The Campaign launch in April 2022 champions the connection between Florida’s environmental and economic interests, between its immediate and long-term needs, between sections of the Florida Wildlife Corridor itself. Economically and ecologically, culturally and commercially, the Florida Wildlife Corridor is integral to Florida’s future. And to keep Florida, Florida, we must never lose sight of this nature/business symmetry that is essential to the state’s identity. By keeping the Florida Wildlife Corridor connected, we can ensure Florida will stay true to its soul and continue to be a place where wild is always welcome. Live Wildly is a 501(c)3 organization.
What inspired Live Wildly? Why now, and why Florida?
Live Wildly builds upon the legacy work of its launch partners – The Florida Wildlife Corridor Foundation, Archbold Biological Station, Path of the Panther and Conservation Florida – along with the many organizations working tirelessly to protect and connect the Florida Wildlife Corridor (and others) today, and for generations to come.
Why now? Well, we decided to ask Floridians – in particular – what they knew about wildlife corridors. What we found is most people don’t know much about them, or the HUGE value they play in local economies, ecology and community well-being. BUT, people love the many things corridors provide – like agricultural bounties, good times and clean water.
Our epiphany… people already love The Florida Wildlife Corridor; they just don’t know it yet!
Combine this knowledge with the wild ethos that is Florida, and Live Wildly was born.
Home to gators and good times of all species and sizes, Florida marches, casts, harpoons, climbs, and plunges to the beat of its own drummer. Florida’s wildlife corridor exemplifies this spirit, its biodiversity and natural richness a fitting metaphor for the state (and the campaign) itself.
What is the Florida Wildlife Corridor?
Stretching from the Panhandle to the Everglades, the Florida Wildlife Corridor is a state-wide network of public and private lands encompassing nearly 18 million acres, or nearly 50% of the Sunshine State.
How can I support Live Wildly?
We need you – and your friends, family, neighbors, classmates…people you meet on the street!
Here’s what you can do…
- SHOP for Nature at our Shopify site.
- SIGN UP to get regular updates right to your in box in our Wildly popular eNewsletter.
- FOLLOW US on social. We’re on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as @LiveWildlyFL. Enjoy the beauty of the Corridor in your very own feeds - and get ideas on how to #LiveWildlyFL by exploring the Corridor yourself.
- LEARN + SHARE our content. Get to know the wild side of the Corridor from its crazy animals to its Floridian wild ones.
- JOIN US at events and experiences. From the Panhandle to Miami, we’ll be bringing in-person and virtual events to help get you and your Corridor crew involved. Stay tuned!
Where do contributions to Live Wildly go?
Contributions to Live Wildly – through the purchase of merchandise (100%), direct donation or corporate sponsorship/contributions – will go to support organizations working directly to protect and connect Wildlife Corridors – beginning in Florida. Live Wildly will execute an annual grant cycle to disburse funds to organizations doing innovative, collaborative and impactful work. Check back to learn more about the launch of our annual grant cycle – beginning in 2023.
Is my contribution tax deductible?
Live Wildly is a 501(c)3 organization, and donations are tax-deductible (EIN#: 88-1924197). Live Wildly does not provide legal, tax or accounting advice. Please consult a professional advisor on tax matters.
My company or organization is interested in partnering with Live Wildly – how do I learn more?
The success of Live Wildly and its Mission depends on collaboration. We are actively seeking partners to help advance Wildlife Corridor Conservation AND reach more citizen advocates. Contact us at partnerships@LiveWildly.com and one of our Wildly passionate team members will help you find the best way to get involved.
What is the grant funding cycle? Who can apply?
The first Live Wildly grant cycle will begin in the Spring/Summer of 2023, and will include categories, funding levels and rules for application. Grants will be announced during the Wildlife Corridor Summit which is held annually each Fall. Please check back for more details – coming soon!