Ellen Lea Paine Nature Fund applications open

KEENE — The Adirondack Garden Club is accepting applications for the 2021 Ellen Lea Paine Memorial Nature Fund grants.

The fund was established in 2005 to give financial assistance to individuals and nonprofit organizations — including schools — involved in programs whose purpose is to study, protect and enjoy the natural environment within the Adirondack Park. The maximum amount per grant is $1,500. For an application, visit adirondackgardenclub.com or write to Liz Jaques, P.O. Box 58, Keene, NY 12942-0058 or by email to contact@adirondackgardenclub.com.

The deadline is June 1 for grants to be awarded no later than June 15.

Last year’s Ellen Lea Paine Memorial Nature Fund awardees were the Ticonderoga Central School District, Alexandra Smith for the expansion, maintenance, and sustaining of the school garden; Cornell Cooperative Extension of Essex County, Eileen Longware for two classes on Food Preservation; Lakeside School at Black Kettle Farm, Maeve Taylor, for program support for the Summer Sprouts Program; Protect the Adirondacks, Pru Chapman, for help in the funding of the Adirondack Forest Preserve Public Use Education and Dispersal Project; Champlain Area Trails, Derek Rogers, for the purchase of a self-propelled walk behind trimmer mower for trail maintenance; Exploring Nature Educational Resource, Sheri Amsel, for Art and Discovery Kits for Kids, primarily for AuSable Forks Elementary School Grades 1-2; and Crown Point Central School, Mary Hope McGinness, for the Birds and Blooms Garden, Grade 3 & Technology Class.

The Adirondack Garden Club was founded in 1928. The club’s mission is to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, to aid in the protection of native plants and birds, and to encourage civic planting, and the conservation of our natural resources. Its purpose is the conservation of the plants, shrubs and trees native to the Adirondack region, and the making of both wild and cultivated gardens characteristic of the environment in which they are placed, the furthering of the cultivation of gardens throughout the Adirondack area, and the promotion of civic conservation and beautification. The Adirondack Garden Club is a 501 c(3) nonprofit organization. More information is available on the club’s website.