Annual Appeal 2021


Dear Friends,

"It takes a noble man to plant a seed for a tree that will someday
give shade to people he may never meet."

When I heard this quote from D. Elton Trueblood, a 20th century American theologian, I immediately thought about the work we do here. While we do plant actual seeds, I was thinking more about the seeds of love and respect for nature that we work hard to instill in those who attend our programs or walk through our gardens. Our mission, to engage, educate and enrich our visitors so they become better stewards of nature and the environment, is about planting those seeds. It's about getting children and adults alike excited about nature and passionate about the world they live in. Planting those seeds and instilling those values are an investment in our future. People tend to take care of things that they love, and our hope is that as they grow, they will continue to love and care for the world around them so their grandchildren and great-grandchildren will have a beautiful world in which to grow up.

So please help us "plant more seeds" by giving generously to our Annual Appeal, Nurturing Nature 2021. Your fully tax-deductible gift provides the general operating support needed to carry out our mission. Together we can make a difference for those we may never meet.

With deepest gratitude,



Jackie Kondel
Executive Director


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