Dunwoody Nature Center was awarded $2,500 by Georgia Natural Gas for its “TrueBlue Community Awards,” which will help area students take field trips to the nature center.
The grant arises from a proposal made by the nature center to provide money to area students from Title 1 schools to defer costs of attending the nature center. The application was sponsored by Sen. Fran Millar.
“In 2011 the Dunwoody Nature Center implemented a strategic plan that sought to expand our reach and impact to a broader audience” said Alan Mothner, Dunwoody Nature Center executive director. “This grant award allows us to do just that: increase access to the wonders of the natural world, as well as providing education for those most at risk of losing this vital connection.”
Funding for elementary school trips has dried up, according to the Nature Center. The constraints result from a tough economy, which makes it tough for the Nature Center as well.
The Georgia Natural Gas grant will provide the resources need to reach the most at-risk student to help them learn in a natural environment.
The Nature Center was selected by a group of panelists from the public and private sectors.
Maurice Baker, with community relations, said “Georgia Natural Gas is so proud and elated to present the Dunwoody Nature Center with an award through our TrueBlue Community Awards program. They’ve earned it. It’s a natural direction for us since the environment and sustainability are an important focus area of our community outreach program.“