North Carolina Arboretum Expands K-12 Education Statewide Thanks to $1 Million Grants

Funding comes from North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation
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The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation has granted $1 million to expand The North Carolina Arboretum’s innovative K-12 science education programs to all 100 North Carolina counties. The grant will be made through The North Carolina Arboretum Society, which is the arboretum’s nonprofit support organization, and will help fund five years of program expansion across the state.

The North Carolina Arboretum, a 434-acre public garden located in Asheville, will use the money to expand its three K-12 project-based, outdoor education programs: Project OWL, an environmental education certification program for pre-service and active K-5 teachers; Project EXPLORE, a teacher coaching program for K-12 teachers; and ecoEXPLORE, an out-of-school citizen science program for K-8 children. The arboretum has already rolled out one or more of these programs in 23 North Carolina counties and will work with school systems, county library systems, local and state parks, environmental education centers, colleges and universities, government agencies and other partners to expand these programs. Learn more at


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