Photo courtesy of Lauren Hunt.
Aldridge Gardens grant education programs
Rep. Jim Carns, Jim Wilson, Audrey Ann Wilson, Aldridge Gardens CEO Tynette Lynch, Patti Pennington and Sen. Jabo Waggoner with the grant check that will support Aldridge Gardens and its educational outreach programs.
Aldridge Gardens recently announced a $5,000 grant from the Cawaco Resource Conservation and Development Council. Aldridge Gardens began offering field trip and day camp programs to give children the opportunity to learn about nature and appreciate science in an outdoor classroom setting. All programs comply with the Alabama State Course of Study so that students can learn the concepts they are studying in the classroom in an interactive way.
State Sen. Jabo Waggoner was in attendance and expressed his gratitude for this program and the positive effect it is having on children.
“Projects like the Children’s Education Program provide so many benefits for students. It gives them the opportunity to get outside and learn about nature,” Waggoner said. “Many elementary students never have this opportunity, and I am proud to have played a small role in this project.”
Students from elementary schools throughout the Birmingham area visit Aldridge Gardens for field trips, and children can attend day camps during the summer. Tynette Lynch, CEO of Aldridge Gardens, said the Children’s Education Program is making an impact in the community.
“We’re very grateful for the involvement from Cawaco RC&D and their generous contribution to Aldridge Gardens,” Lynch said. “It means so much to the schoolchildren who benefit from this sponsorship,”
Students from Greystone Elementary School were present at the event. The goal of the Children’s Education Program is to cultivate children’s natural curiosity, empower them with understanding and engage them in problem solving and decision making to preserve the delicate balance of nature. Volunteers guide children through the garden and help them apply classroom concepts to their outdoor activities.
State Rep. Jim Carns attended the event and applauded the work of the gardens’ administration and volunteers.
“We are fortunate to have the Children’s Education Program available to elementary students. I am thankful for the volunteers at Aldridge Gardens who willingly serve to make this program possible,” Carns said. “I’m proud to be able to partner with Aldridge Gardens and Cawaco RC&D.”
- Submitted by Lauren Hunt