TYLER ARBORETUM RECEIVES GRANT TO ADDRESS FOOD INSECURITY AND CREATE FORENSIC INVESTIGATION SERIES FOR KIDS
MEDIA, PA (December 16, 2020) – Tyler Arboretum, one of the nation’s oldest arboreta and public gardens, today announced that it has been selected to receive a $20,000 grant from the Connelly Foundation.
Inspired by its Catholic heritage, the Connelly Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life in the Philadelphia region by supporting charitable organizations in the areas of education, human services, culture and civic life that strengthen resilience and help people to flourish.
The grant will be used to support two important initiatives at Tyler Arboretum: “increasing fruit and vegetable production at Lucille’s Garden to provide families in Delaware County facing food insecurity with access to healthy meals, and inspiring children to connect to nature by harnessing the power of their observation skills through the launch of our new virtual programming in forensics. We are absolutely thrilled to partner with the Connelly Foundation to foster such a positive change in our community” states Mandy Santiago, Executive Director of Tyler Arboretum.
Tyler Arboretum intends to donate 100% of the produce harvested at Lucille’s Garden to local food banks in Delaware County now through August 2021. The Forensic Investigation Series for Kids is anticipated to launch in the spring of 2021.
About Tyler Arboretum
Founded in 1944, our mission is to preserve, enhance, and share our heritage, collections and landscapes, to create and inspire stewards of the natural world. Tyler Arboretum encompasses 650 acres of renowned plant collections, heritage and champion trees, historic buildings and 17 miles of hiking trails through woodlands, wetlands and meadows. The Arboretum is open to the public 362 days a year.
Mandy Santiago, Executive Director
610-566-9134, ext. 207