One of the founding objectives of the Leslie Hutchins Conservation Foundation Trust (LHCFT) is to assist people of all ages to attend outdoor education programs and experiences, especially those who might not otherwise be able to afford this. The LHCF, therefore, gives a yearly grant to the Southland Secondary Principals Association to administer on the Trust’s behalf.
Outdoor education programs can involve a lot of specialist equipment and support, and therefore can be expensive. But staff notice that the students gain so much self-confidence and maturity by being involved in the programs that they run. The grant from the LHCFT ensures that financial hardship is not a barrier to Southland secondary students' involvement in outdoor education.