TYLER ARBORETUM RECEIVES GRANT AWARD FOR LATINO CONSERVATION WEEK
MEDIA, PA (June 7, 2021) – Thanks to a generous $5,000 grant from the Hispanic Access Foundation, Tyler Arboretum will be able to offer free admission for a select number of nonprofits, schools, and faith-based organizations in the Greater Philadelphia area that serve Hispanic/Latino communities during Latino Conservation Week, which will be held July 17 – 25, 2021.
“Latino communities are passionate about the outdoors and hold a strong belief that we have a moral obligation to be good stewards,” said Maite Arce, President and CEO of Hispanic Access Foundation, which launched LCW in 2014. “Latino Conservation Week helps break down barriers for Latino communities to access public lands and waters, encourages new opportunities for engagement and inspires the next generation of environmental stewards.”
“While the pandemic revealed and exacerbated deep inequities in access to green space, Latino Conservation Week events — from the virtual conversations and activities to on-the-ground hikes, birdwatching, picnics and neighborhood cleanups — are bringing this issue to the forefront and helping to bridge that gap,” said Shanna Edberg, Hispanic Access Foundation’s director of conservation programs.
Adds Tyler Arboretum’s executive director, Mandy Santiago, “Hosting Latino Conservation Week is simply one of the many steps we are taking to reach and engage diverse audiences as we aim to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards. We hope our visitors will participate by attending one of our outdoor fitness programs, enjoying one of our many nature tours, and exploring our hiking trails, unique collections and exhibits such as the Butterfly House and Lucille’s Garden. The full event schedule can be accessed at: tylerarboretum.org/calendar.”
About Tyler Arboretum
Located west of the Borough of Media, in Middletown Township, John J. Tyler Arboretum traces its history as a Quaker family farm back to an original land grant by William Penn in 1681. Today, the arboretum comprises 100 acres of landscaped gardens and historical buildings, as well as an additional 550 acres of natural areas. Visitors of all ages can enjoy renowned horticultural collections, seasonal exhibits such as our treehouses, Lucille’s Garden, Butterfly House, magnificent heritage trees, and 17 miles of hiking trails. The arboretum’s website, www.tylerarboretum.org/calendar, provides details on upcoming events, educational opportunities, volunteer activities, and membership.
Mandy Santiago, Executive Director
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