Sunday, February 4, 2024

Adirondack Garden Club awards 1928 Founders Fund grants

People working along a riverbank

Keene, NY— The Adirondack Garden Club recently awarded seven grants from the club’s 1928 AGC Founders Fund to non-profits making a positive impact on the Adirondack environment.

The 1928 AGC Founders Fund was established in the 1980s to give grants to not-for-profit organizations, including schools, involved in programs whose purpose is to create an impact in a specific area within the Adirondacks. These requests are reviewed by the club’s Executive Committee for approval and distribution.

The grants were awarded to:

The Wild Center’s Youth Climate Summit, which annually hosts high school and college students from around the country in a two-day meeting where they learn about climate change, impacts on the environment and solutions before designing their own climate action plan.

The Ausable River Association, to continue to fund projects to improve the riparian plantings along the Ausable River.

The Adirondack Trail Improvement Society, to support ATIS’s programs that maintain and restore more than 100 miles of trails in the High Peaks Wilderness areas.

The Adirondack History Museum, to help maintain the museum’s Colonial Garden.

The Adirondack Mountain Club, to support the ADK’s Summit Stewards program, which educates visitors, helping to preserve the Alpine habitat in the Adirondack High Peaks.

North Country School, in support of the School’s Farm and Garden program, and as a thank you for hosting the garden club’s “Forest Beneath Our Feet” lecture by Justin Waskiewicz, which made it possible to open the lecture to the general public.

The Garden Club of America’s Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture, which has funded more than 1,400 recipients since its establishment in 1928.

About the Adirondack Garden Club:

The Adirondack Garden Club was founded in 1928.  The club’s mission is to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, to aid in the protection of native plants and birds, and to encourage civic planting, and the conservation of our natural resources.  Its purpose is the conservation of the plants, shrubs and trees native to the Adirondack region, and the making of both wild and cultivated gardens characteristic of the environment in which they are placed, the furthering of the cultivation of gardens throughout the Adirondack area, and the promotion of civic conservation and beautification. The Adirondack Garden Club is a 501 c(3) nonprofit organization. More information is available on the club’s website.

Photo at top: The Adirondack Garden Club awarded a 1928 AGC Founders Fund grant to the Ausable River Association to continue their efforts to revegetate the East Branch of the Ausable River. In this photo, AsRA staff and volunteers plant along the river banks in Upper Jay. Photo courtesy of AsRA.

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