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July Volunteers of the Month

Due to the support of our Education Committee Chair Kathy Chandler, and volunteers Anne Wright, Anne Culberson, Susan Morris, Sue Strange, and Linda Poyner, we were able to offer a new summer program through a partnership with the Mary Vinson Library and the Baldwin County Public Schools. Activities in the library, Arboretum, and Woods Museum, were planned for 60 enthusiastic 2nd and 3rd graders, and led by our Volunteers of the Month on two Thursday mornings in June.

The library’s Summer Reading Club theme this year, On your mark, get set, read…!,  is built around IMG_0910 (1)team sports and being physically active this summer. Lockerly was invited to participate because we could provide time outside walking, running, and exploring in the gardens. Before coming out to visit Lockerly, the children took turns looking at seeds under microscopes. One child had so much fun he asked where microscopes are sold.From the library all the children loaded up on a bus to come to Lockerly. Our volunteers provided time walking in the woods and doing a nature scavenger hunt for specific trees and plants. The children also visited the Woods Museum and the Teaching Garden.

We couldn’t have added this new summer program without volunteers. Our Education Director, Greg Eilers, was already committed to our summer camps. He worked with Kathy on the content, and from there Kathy contacted volunteers.

Our volunteers step up in so many ways. It was great to see them invested and excited about providing time outside for children. (We are prohibited from taking photos of children in school programs, so we don’t have photos of our volunteers leading the student groups. We used our heavy duty microscopes at the library.)

We’re getting closer to our goal!

July 5, 2016

Water for classroom activities has to be brought inside in buckets.

Water for classroom activities has to be brought inside in buckets.

We’re getting a lot closer to our fund goal of $3,500 for improvements to our Education Program building. At the end of June we had raised $2,270 dollars, getting us that much closer to adding running water and three sinks for all kinds of programming and activities there.

From hands-on education to art workshops, easy access to water and three sinks will make our
Education Building  a much more versatile facility. Your support today will help make that possible.

If you would like to support the improvements to our Education classroom, please make a donation online and choose Education Programs so we know where to direct your contribution. If you prefer to donate by sending a check, please please print this form and include it with your donation. Mail it to Lockerly Arboretum, P O Box 310, Milledgeville, GA 31059.

July Garden Tips

Male and female squash blossoms.

Male and female squash blossoms.

Don’t let the hot temperatures or dry weather cause you to ignore your garden. From caring for flowering hydrangeas, to vegetable plants that aren’t setting anything good to enjoy as part of your meals, the July Garden Tips have information about that too.