The Sasqua Garden Club broke ground on Monday May 5th for a new “living classroom” at Connecticut Audubon Society’s Birdcraft Museum and Sanctuary located on Unquowa Road near downtown Fairfield. Sasqua Garden Club is participating in a multi year effort to restore Birdcraft’s outdoor teaching spaces around the museum and sanctuary entrance with native trees, shrubs, ground covers, perennials, grasses and ferns that support a healthy bird habitat. Sasqua’s efforts coincide with Connecticut Audubon Society’s own initiative to renovate its historic Birdcraft Museum.
Sasqua’s planting initiative to create a “living classroom” – reflects several of the habitats that will be featured in the Museum, such as woodland edge, meadow, seaside, urban terrace and wetland. They bring to life Connecticut Audubon Society’s conservation mission: To conserve Connecticut’s environment through science-based education and advocacy focused on the state’s bird populations and their habitats. The completion of the “living classroom” planting is scheduled for 2015.
“Outdoor, science-based education is at the heart of our mission, and the new living classroom at Birdcraft will greatly enhance the programs we can offer and improve the habitat for the many birds that stop here,” Alex Brash said. “We are extremely grateful for the foresight, generosity and hard work of the Sasqua Garden Club.”
“Sasqua Garden Club is excited to partner with Connecticut Audubon Society in the restoration of Birdcraft Museum’s teaching areas,” Sasqua Garden Club President Jennifer Smith said. “We firmly believe when students and visitors see how beautiful these bird-supportive plantings can be, they will want to model them in their own yards. Our partnership with Birdcraft Museum and Sanctuary only strengthens our commitment to education and conservation within our community. It’s a real treasure right in the center of our town.”
The Sasqua Garden Club, founded in 1930 and a member of the Garden Club of America, aims to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening and creative design; to protect and improve the quality of the environment through education programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement.
To contribute to this initiative, please send checks payable to “Sasqua Garden Club” to Sasqua Garden Club, P.O. Box 137, Southport, CT 06890.
For more information contact: Jennifer Smith (Sasqua Garden Club President): (203) 209-9911, email@example.com. Tom Andersen (Connecticut Audubon Society’s Director of Communications and Community Outreach): (914) 409- 6470, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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