The Press Release as provided by LSNC is included below:
LESLIE SCIENCE & NATURE CENTER RECEIVES $35,000IN AUDUBON & TOYOTA INNOVATION GRANT FUNDING
ANN ARBOR, MI, AUGUST 17, 2012 – Toyota and the National Audubon Society have announced that $35,000 inTogetherGreen Innovation Grants funding has been awarded to Ann Arbor’s Leslie Science and Nature Center to conduct three projects in Detroit that will engage young leaders of color to address pressing city environmental needs and allow at-risk K-8 students to participate in hands-on learning about conserving native plants and animals.
TogetherGreen, a conservation initiative of the National Audubon Society and Toyota, provides financial support for projects that use innovative approaches and technologies to engage new and diverse audiences in conservation and address pressing conservation problems. “Groups that won Innovation Grants this year have ingenuity and creativity on full display. And that’s what it takes to tackle the environmental challenges we face today,” said Audubon President and CEO David Yarnold. “I’m proud to partner with these innovators in creative approaches to achieve healthier communities and big conservation results.” Leslie Science and Nature Center is one of this year’s 41 Toyota and Audubon TogetherGreen Innovation Grants. The project will enable at-risk K-8 students and their families to participate in hands-on learning about conserving native plants and animals (Detroit, MI): Leslie Science and Nature Center, in partnership with the Washtenaw Audubon Society, Detroit Audubon Society, Detroit Community Schools, Hope of Detroit Academy, and Nsoroma Institute Public School Academy. As former residential areas in Detroit are transformed into potential natural ones, a new vision of how to utilize them is desperately needed, putting the city in a unique position to nurture a new generation of environmental stewards. Leslie Science and Nature Center, along with the Washtenaw and Detroit Audubon Societies and several other partners, will utilize their Innovation Grant to seize this opportunity. The partners will work with three public charter schools to provide them with an opportunity for hands-on learning. Students will learn about conserving native plants and animals during fall and spring visits to Ann Arbor’s Leslie Science and Nature Center and through monthly in-school outreach programs, culminating in habitat restoration projects in the community of each school. Members of the Detroit Audubon Society will share their knowledge of local wildlife and assist in monitoring the success of the work. Since 2008, over US$5.5 million in TogetherGreen Innovation Grants funding has been awarded to more than 200 environmental projects nationwide. This year’s grant projects will receive over US$1 million in funding and will involve more than 500 partner organizations nationwide. Many of the projects focus on engaging audiences that have traditionally been under-served by the conservation movement, from landowners to religious institutions to inner city students. For more details about the 2012 Audubon &Toyota TogetherGreen Innovation Grants projects, visit:www.togethergreen.org/grants. ### About TogetherGreenAudubon and Toyota launched the TogetherGreen initiative in 2008 to foster diverse environmental leadership and fund innovative conservation ideas. TogetherGreen funding recipients have helped protect 250 species of birds and other wildlife, improved 10,000 acres of habitat, mobilized 220,000 individuals, collected two million pounds of recyclables, and captured $5 million worth of volunteer time. For more information, visit www.togethergreen.org. About Leslie Science & Nature CenterThe Leslie Science & Nature Center is a nonprofit organization that provides environmental education and experiences for children, families, and other individuals to honor and perpetuate the legacy of Dr. and Mrs. Eugene Leslie by fostering understanding, appreciation, stewardship and respect for the natural world. Visit the Leslie Science & Nature Center online at http://www.lesliesnc.org/.
About AudubonNow in its second century, Audubon connects people with birds, nature, and the environment that supports us all. Our national network of community-based nature centers, chapters, scientific, education, and advocacy programs engages millions of people from all walks of life in conservation action to protect and restore the natural world. Visit Audubon online at www.audubon.org. About ToyotaToyota established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants and has a network of nearly 1,500 dealerships. The company directly employs over 30,000 in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $18 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services, and design. Toyota is committed to being a good corporate citizen in the communities where it does business and believes in supporting programs with long-term sustainable results. Toyota supports numerous organizations across the country, focusing on education, the environment and safety, and has contributed over half-a-billion dollars to philanthropic programs in the U.S. since 1991. For more information on Toyota’s commitment to improving communities nationwide, visitwww.toyotainaction.com/community or www.toyota.com/community.