Adkins Arboretum Awarded Grant from PNC Foundation for Nature Preschool Programs

August 22, 2017
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Adkins Arboretum
(RIDGELY, MD—August 22, 2017)

Adkins Arboretum has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to continue making nature-based education more accessible to local children through its Acorn Academy Nature Preschool program.

“The opportunity to welcome more Caroline County children to the Arboretum’s nature preschool is exciting,” said Adkins Youth Program Director Jenny Houghton. “Preschool is the perfect age to encourage imaginative outdoor play, and thanks to PNC, we’ll be able to provide our littlest explorers with hands-on nature fun and give back to the community at the same time.”

A grant in 2016 from the PNC Foundation, which receives it principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC), allowed the Arboretum to offer nature preschool programs at no cost to residents of Caroline County. These popular programs for children ages 3 to 5 engage children with nature and serve as an introduction to the outdoors, wildlife and principles of conservation. The most recent grant allows the Arboretum to expand its preschool offerings to two sessions per season.

Environmental education has been linked to improved academic achievement and encourages stewardship, pride and ownership. Adkins Arboretum’s Acorn Academy Nature Preschool puts students on the path toward cultivating a meaningful awareness of the human-environmental connection and instills basic tenets of critical thinking and investigation skills.

A second 10-week preschool series has been added to the Arboretum’s fall calendar. Classes are held Wednesday mornings beginning Sept. 20. Registration is underway at adkinsarboretum.org or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Photo: Jenny Houghton, director of Adkins Arboretum's youth programs, leads a program for preschoolers and their families. The Arboretum recently received a $5,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to expand preschool offerings, which are free for Caroline County residents.

Jenny Houghton, director of Adkins Arboretum’s youth programs, leads a program for preschoolers and their families. The Arboretum recently received a $5,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to expand preschool offerings, which are free for Caroline County residents. – Contributed Photo

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