— Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission is a proud recipient of two grants.
The first grant, The Merkley-Youth Charitable Trust will support For-Mar On The Road programs. The second grant from the Stella & Frederick Loeb Charitable Trust will support For-Mar’s Special Needs Therapeutic Environmental Education programs.
With the approved $5,000 grant from the Merkley-Youth Charitable Trust For- Mar will continue to offer its For-Mar On The Road programs. These programs generally begin the moment school is out for the summer and conclude at the end of August. Programs vary in age and interest and are offered throughout Genesee County and Flint. Programs like Gone Fishin’, Name that Tune and Earth Day Celebration impresses upon its young participants the importance of nature and how they as humans can have a positive impact on their world.
The $3,000 Stella & Frederick Loeb Charitable Trust will impact family members, teachers and caregivers of individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities. Teachers and caregivers, who attended For-Mar’s Therapeutic Environmental Education programs, or who have had programs brought to their locations, have stated that these classes stimulated and enriched the lives of the clients and family members.
“Thanks to the support of the Stella & Frederick Loeb Charitable Trust Special Needs Therapeutic Environmental Education programs offered at For-Mar and offsite, these programs offer participants a friendly place and time for social interaction with people other than their immediate “family” group,” said Recreation Program Specialist, Nancy Edwards.
To learn more about For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum and its Special Needs Therapeutic Environmental education and For-Mar On The Road programs visit geneseecountyparks.org, or contact Recreation Program Specialist, Nancy Edwards at 810-736-7100, ext. 816.
For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum is owned and operated by the Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission and is located at 2142 N. Genesee Rd., Burton. — G.G.