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The Rochester Garden Club has initiated a new scholarship program for elementary school students in the Rochester area this year. As a part of its mission, the club supports environmental education and is especially interested in helping students of all ages experience the natural world. Graduating seniors receive scholarships toward college degrees in environmental studies, middle school students are sent to a weeklong 4-H sponsored sleep away camp for environmental education and now elementary students can attend the “Nature Discovery Camp” hosted by the City of Rochester Hills.
In late June, Chace Browe (age 7) enjoyed his outdoor experience with the help of naturalists at Bloomer Park. He had great fun observing “the biggest crayfish” in the water and wanted to pet the wild turkeys they found (he was not allowed). But his favorite experiences were fishing and tie dying tee shirts. When asked if he learned anything new, he remarked “Yes. I forgot but I know I learned something I didn’t know.” Chace hopes he can go back next year.
Chace’s parents, Kristen and Nick Browe are grateful for the opportunity for Chace to get outside and experience nature first-hand, and are glad there are programs available for the younger students.
As a local nonprofit, Rochester Garden Club is pleased to offer these experiences to encourage our future environmentalists. In addition to scholarship programs, the club serves the community in the areas of conservation, education, horticulture therapy, and civic improvement. Funds for these projects come from sales at the annual Gifts and Greens Market. Due to the covid restrictions, this year the market will move online. Holiday arrangements and handmade gifts can be purchased between November 15 and 25 with pick up for all items on December 4 and 5 at the Rochester Fire Department on Second Street. Go to www.rochestergardenclub.org or Facebook for details.
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