Foundation helping “Mother Nature in doing what she does best”

Environmental groups across Niagara are receiving a $20,850 boost thanks to the Niagara Community Foundation. John Fisher, of Walker Industries, is the champion of the Foundation’s Smart & Caring Environmental Legacy Fund for Niagara. Fisher said that, “Niagara is blessed with a remarkable natural environment. We can build upon that which already exists through funding education and learning, and by funding projects where we can support and encourage Mother Nature in doing what she does best.”

The Friends of Malcolmson Eco-Park in St. Catharines will be receiving $3,000 to improve the west entrance at Cumberland St. which receives dumping by residents. To improve this, the Friends plan to clean up the entrance, remove invasive species, and plant a wildflower garden and shrubs. A new sign will be posted with park map, guidelines, and educational info to encourage awareness of the wildlife and plants in the park.

Glynn E. Green Public School in Pelham will use its $6,500 grant to install an outdoor classroom on the school grounds, and undertake a school grounds greening project involving learning gardens and native trees and plants. Once completed, the community will be able to access the school grounds to utilize the completed outdoor classroom and gardens for recreation, education and as a potential meeting space.

Heartland Forest Nature Experience received $6,000 towards new interactive educational stations that will enhance its current environmental curriculum delivered to students from across Niagara: FROGS – discover species of frogs in our natural wetlands; FURS – with Coyote Watch Canada, awareness of wildlife safety and co-existence; FEATHERS – life history of Ontario owls will be showcased through a visiting exhibit from the Royal Ontario Museum; FISH – a pond diorama will provide participants with activity-based learning.

Niagara College students will use their $3,850 grant to work in the Cordage , Ontario Road and Dain City neighbourhoods in Welland to raise the environmental awareness and technical skill of residents in tree planting to collaborate in tree planting in southeast Welland for the 2014 Arbor Day.

The Walker Creek Neighbourhood Association in St. Catharines received $1,500 to update and enhance the riparian buffer planted in 2003.

Created in 2000, the Niagara Community Foundation has raised more than $23 million in endowment funds, where the capital is invested, and has granted in excess of $5.7 million to charities working in the arts, heritage, environment, social services, health, education, recreation and community development. The Foundation is fully accredited with Imagine Canada’s Standards Program which is designed to strengthen public confidence in the charitable and non-profit sector.

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Media contact: Liz Palmieri, Executive Director, Niagara Community Foundation 905-684-8688 ext. 22

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