St. Anne Woods and Wetlands Research and
Education Center is located on property owned by the
Campbell County Conservation District. Until 2013, the
site was preserved by the Congregation of Divine
Providence. The Sisters managed the property in keeping
with their Philosophy of Land, stated below:
Congregation of Divine Providence
Philosophy of Land
"In the beginning when God created the heavens and
earth, God said, "Let there be..."
And it was so. And God saw that it was good." (Genesis 1:1-19)
"As Sisters of Divine Providence we have a mission to be living witnesses to the Providence of God." (Constitutions 3:12)
We hold that the whole of creation is sacred, that
the Earth is a living organism, and that all life forms
are good, sacred and interconnected. As human beings
endowed with a unique form of consciousness, we embrace
our responsibility to accept, protect and nurture the
life of our Mother Earth and all her life forms.
A gift of God's Providence, land and property are entrusted to our care as a resource for mission. We commit ourselves:
- To care for this land and all the life it sustains.
- To deepen our understanding and appreciation of its special nature and gifts.
- To encourage all who share this land and its buildings to reverence God's creation.
- To utilize our land and buildings in ways that are reconciling and healing, peaceful and beneficial for Earth, others and ourselves.
Thus we commit ourselves to "renew the face of the earth" in maintaining and promoting a partnership with the land based on mutual respect, reciprocal healing and reconciliation.