KRCU’s ‘Discover Nature’ Awarded Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation Grant

Monday, Sep. 26, 2011

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 26, 2011 — KRCU public radio at Southeast Missouri State University was recently awarded a second grant from the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation (MCHF) in support of the station’s local Discover Nature program.

Through a Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Partnership grant, MCHF provided $4,000 to help produce the local program on the NPR-affiliate station found at 90.9 FM and 88.9 FM. According to KRCU manager Dan Woods, the priorities of the MCHF, the MDC and the “Discover Nature” program align perfectly with the goals of public radio. “Public broadcasting helps educate children and provides high quality programming and materials for classroom instruction,” Woods said. “The goal to help southeast Missouri families discover nature fits perfectly with our mission.”

“Discover Nature” is produced by KRCU producer Jacob McCleland and written and hosted by MDC media specialist, Candice Davis. Davis said the program’s goal is to help listeners discover nature by highlighting timely marvels in the outdoors.

“We hope to give listeners practical ways they can incorporate nature into their everyday lives,” Davis said.

“Discover Nature” airs Monday mornings during the popular drive time radio program, “Morning Edition” and again Monday evenings during “All Things Considered.” Each weekly topic tells the tales of song birds, field crickets, bald cypress trees and other native Missouri species while promoting conservation through natural community management and restoration. This timely and topical program is the audio counterpart of the MDC’s Natural Events Calendar. It recently received national recognition by the Association for Conservation Information, placing second in the best audio program category for 2010.

The MCHF is a nonprofit, charitable organization that helps meet financial needs placed on natural resource conservation and conservation-related outdoor recreation. Since 1997, the MCHF has provided more than $10 million for conservation and outdoor recreation. The Foundation receives funding from the Stream Stewardship Trust Fund, sales of Conservation Heritage license plates, private and public grants and individual donations. In 2010 the radio station received a grant of $8,000 from the foundation in support of the Discover Nature program which began airing in March of 2009.

This grant from the MCHF will enable the continuation of the “Discover Nature” radio program on KRCU. Missouri’s fish, forests and wildlife are so abundant, KRCU envisions many years of continuation for the Discover Nature series in partnership with MDC staff.

As the area’s source for diverse musical programming and award winning NPR news, KRCU strives to continuously excel in providing the highest quality public radio programming to Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day from the campus of Southeast Missouri State University on 90.9 FM in Cape Girardeau and 88.9 FM in Farmington and Ste. Genevieve.