SUMMIT, NJ - Reeves-Reed Arboretum has received a total of $40,000 in grant funding from The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust, The Summit Foundation, and an anonymous local foundation to help sustain the Arboretum’s efforts during the COVID-19 crisis.
The Arboretum's mission is to engage, educate, and enrich the lives of its constituents to become better stewards of nature and the planet. Attracting more than 100,000 visitors annually, the Arboretum acknowledges and embraces its responsibility to make the grounds safe and welcoming to visitors of all abilities, and to fully embody the goals of that mission.
A key way their goals are achieved is through partnerships with community organizations.
“It’s truly a rare gift to receive a grant for operations," said Arboretum Executive Director Frank Juliano. "Keeping staff working and paid, and the lights on isn’t as attractive as a new program or initiative. So, to have three donors support our everyday efforts is simply overwhelming.”
The Arboretum has scheduling the bulk of grounds work for the morning hours, enabling the facility to remain open, safe and accessible to visitors throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information about the programs, events, workshops, camps and classes at Reeves-Reed Arboretum -- or to learn more about its virtual initiatives during the COVID-19 crisis -- visit reeves-reedarboretum.org or call 908-273-8787, x 1010.