Friday, August 1, 2014
Brookgreen Gardens is one of the 30 institutions in the country to be awarded the “Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium” grants by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA).
The $5,000 grant will fund the expansion of the new “Children’s Nature & Sensory Trail” that opened earlier this year. Supported through a special gift from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, these competitive grants, selected through a rigorous review by a panel of industry experts, are presented to accredited zoos and aquariums to encourage family nature play and conservation education.
Research has shown that free play immersed in an outdoor setting is fundamental to connecting children with the natural world around them.
The value of these experiences is further reinforced when shared as a family unit.
The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund awards of $5,000 or $10,000 were made available to extend existing family-based nature play programming or to create new, innovative, and engaging programs.
For more information, visit their website at www.brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000.