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Osrodek Dzialan Ekologicznych Zrodla Charity Profile
The Centre for Environmental Activities "Zrodla" is a nonprofit organization with a mission to educate students, teachers, and the general public about local environmental issues, and to expand their capacity to act for a more sustainable Poland. The members of Zrodla believe that it is important not only to work directly in conservation and welfare efforts, but to instill in people a love for their surroundings and their fellow inhabitants. In doing this they ensure that their work will be carried on and expanded for future generations. Zrodla was founded in 1993, as a branch of the Interacademic Ecological Lobby and was registered as an association in February, 1997. It has a status of "public benefit organization" (OPP) which is Polish equivalent of 501(c)(3) code. The association is based in Lodz and Warsaw .
One of the most important projects Zrodla is involved in is the running of the Center of Environmental Culture and Education. Through this center, a series of educational programs are run which inform students about local, regional and national environmental issues and which help to instill in them an appreciation for the natural world and make them aware of the issues that threaten the natural resources and species around them. Some of the topics for these workshops include animal welfare, urban ecology, and problem-solving. In addition, the Center works to train teachers about environmental issues and provides them with materials and resources to use in the classroom. Other important projects are "green schools" (one-week long excursions to the green areas for children from big cities) and the guide to the parks of the city of Lodz.