CHERRY HILL, N.J. – New Jersey American Water has awarded The Camden County Educational Gardens a $9,500 grant by as part of its 2019 Environmental Grant Program according to a press release from the county. Money from the grant will be used to for the Master Gardener Association to continue improvements to the gardens which are located at the Camden County Environmental Center in Cherry Hill.
“In 2016, we established a five-year plan to renovate and expand the gardens with the help of the Rutgers Master Gardeners,” said Freeholder Jeff Nash, liaison to the division of Environmental Affairs. “This award will allow us to continue pursuing that goal, while also making the educational gardens even more beautiful, and increasing and improving the programming offered at this facility.”
New Jersey American Water’s environmental grants are awarded to organizations and community groups engaged in sustainability projects that further improve water source and/or watershed protection. The company has announced grants totaling approximately $27,000 in environmental funding this year.
“Camden County has worked hard to become a leader in New Jersey when it comes to environmental stewardship and the protection of our natural resources,” Nash said in a press release. “The most critical tool we have in the fight for environmental justice is education. That is exactly what the gardens provide, and that’s why we’re so excited to continue their expansion.”
The Camden County Educational Gardens are maintained by the county’s Parks Department and the Rutgers Master Gardener Program, a volunteer arm of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension horticultural programs.