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Botanical Gardens gets educational funding for 700 Buffalo school children

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society has been awarded a $30,000 grant to provide educational programming at the Botanical Gardens for 700 Buffalo public and charter school students.

The grant will allow the schools to visit free of charge. The hands-on programs include Plant Pals, designed for children in kindergarten to second grade to understand the nutritional value of plants; project Empower, designed for children grades three to four to understand jobs performed by different parts of the plant; and Not a Drop to Drink, intended for children grades five to eight to focus on water usage and the necessity to protect America’s waters.

The funds are being provided by the First Niagara Foundation, in partnership with KeyBank.

“Education is at the core of our mission and we are very grateful to the First Niagara Foundation for providing this invaluable opportunity to 700 children from the Buffalo Public Schools,” said Dave Swarts, president of the Botanical Gardens Society.

The Botanical Gardens is accepting applications from school programs to participate in this grant-funded program. Contact the Botanical Gardens’ Education Department at 827-1584 Ext. 292, or email

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