Seventy-five generous donors and the Thomas O. Brown Foundation just raised $30,000 ($15,000 from donors and $15,000 matching grant) to construct the Learning Greenhouse!
In addition to the match challenge, the Thomas O. Brown Foundation has pledged an unconditional gift of $20,000 towards the greenhouse completion project. Between that grant gift, the challenge and match of up to $30,000, the Foundation has helped PCEI raise the $50,000 needed to complete the remaining 2015 work on the Thomas O. Brown Learning Greenhouse at the PCEI Nature Center. In their announcement, the Foundation wrote, “We are deeply impressed by your dedication and vision to this project, and are pleased to be significant partners in this venture.”
When completed, the 3,200 square foot Thomas O. Brown Learning Greenhouse will be used for native plant production, growing demonstrations, educational space, and innovative efforts such as aquaponics (growing both fish and plants using recirculating water). A major component of the greenhouse includes recycled trusses donated by the Clearwater Paper Corporation from its Lewiston site.
The Thomas O. Brown Foundation is a small, private family foundation whose mission is to provide financial support to organizations that protect and preserve National Parks and other places of natural beauty in the United States. One of the core goals of the Foundation is to fund organizations that promote outdoor education and outreach.
For more information, please contact PCEI Executive Director Tom Lamar at 208-882-1444 or firstname.lastname@example.org.