SUMMIT, NJ - Reeves-Reed Arboretum (RRA) has received two separate grants -- totaling $29,950 -- which will benefit its Accessibility and Education initiatives from the E.J. Grassman Trust and Novartis Corporation, respectively.

In 2017, the Arboretum initiated, funded and completed Phase One of a two-phased Accessibility Project. The $20,000 grant from the E.J. Grassmann Trust, combined with additional support previously received this year, has enabled architectural plans to be drawn up and the stage is now set to proceed with Phase Two.

“The Arboretum was recently chosen the 'Best Garden in New Jersey' by readers of NJ Family," said RRA Executive Director Frank Juliano. "To be counted alongside some magnificent sites in New Jersey – the Garden State—is a reflection on our ability to engage our constituency both creatively and emotionally. Now that Phase One of our Accessibility Project is complete, additional funding is being sought to fully realize this bold and vital accessibility initiative.”

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Environmental education is at the core of the Arboretum’s stated mission, and longstanding partner Novartis Corporation has awarded RRA a grant of $9,950 in support of its award-winning 'Hands-to-Nature' program, which provides a full-day hands-on, nature-rich experience to kids from Newark, Plainfield, Elizabeth and Bayonne. The Arboretum's environmental educators prepare up-to-date curriculum, aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, and work directly with each classroom instructor in preparation for the trip to the Arboretum. After their visit, follow-up materials and opportunities are provided for each participating school.

For more information about the programs, events, workshops, performances and classes at Reeves-Reed Arboretum, or learn more about its Accessibility Project, visit reeves-reedarboretum.org or call 908-273-8787, ext. 1010.