The Forest Preserve District’s nature education and arts programs received a monetary boost on January 10 when The Nature Foundation of Will County presented a donation of $5,250.
Since its first board meeting in April 2014, the foundation has worked strategically to increase its support of the Forest Preserve’s conservation, education and recreation programs and services, explained foundation board member Ed Garner.
“I am pleased to say that this year we expect to present over $15,000 to the Forest Preserve and today marks our first contribution,” he said during the Forest Preserve Board's monthly meeting.
The foundation's January donation will be used for three different programs:
- “Frida Kahlo’s Garden,” a traveling exhibition that is part of the National Endowment of the Humanities’ NEH on the Road initiative. The exhibition opens January 29 and runs through March 16 at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon. It will feature photos of Kahlo and her home and garden in Mexico, reproductions of several of her paintings, plants, clothing and folk art.
- Vernal Equinox: Spring Awakens Juried Art Competition, which has drawn more than 60 artwork applications so far and seeks to celebrate the natural wonders of spring. February 1 is the deadline to submit applications. The show will run from March 12-March 31 at Plum Creek Nature Center in Crete Township.
- H2-WHOA!, a traveling exhibit organized by Purdue University's Agriculture Exhibit Design Center, which seeks to teach visitors about what lies below the surface of their local water resources. The exhibit will run from April 2-June 30 at Plum Creek Nature Center.
The foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit fundraising organization that supports Forest Preserve District of Will County programs and events.
Ralph Schultz, the Forest Preserve’s chief operating officer, welcomed the foundation’s continued support. “It’s a growing partnership that we expect to rely on more and more in the future,” he said.
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