Nurturing Nature 2018
The sight of an Arboretum visitor struggling with access to our glorious gardens is something I've witnessed. And the tears of fear and frustration of a guest who's fallen out of a wheelchair are something I've shared. The exhortation in the old Joe South tune to "walk a mile in my shoes" takes on new, poignant and powerful meaning when we encounter someone in a wheelchair challenged by the impossible incline to our parking lot. To that person, that little hill is a mountain.
Accessibility, inclusivity, diversity...for almost 45 years, Reeves-Reed Arboretum has led the way in environmental education, sustainability, civic engagement and horticulture for all our neighbors near and far, serving over 100,000 guests annually. This is because you care. You've demonstrated that time and again, year after year, and we are humbly grateful.
We live in a world that is always connected, yet lonely. We're overstimulated, yet numb to the people around us. Your support now helps us recognize ourselves in each other. Your Annual Appeal gift today supports the Arboretum's green mission and our commitment to be inclusive and accessible to people of all abilities.
We are the voice of nature with all its transformative powers. This is what we do and it's the only thing that truly matters. Yes, this Annual Appeal is about how we live – as neighbors, teachers, parents, and friends – and how we might do better.
Note: The Annual Appeal is the cornerstone of all fundraising. It's not for membership fees or program dues. It's a special year-end gift from you. It's you helping to support our year-round operations.