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Summer camp and outdoor nature play improve kids’ physical and mental

health as they build confidence and develop social skills. Our depar tment

has aligned with the City of Oaks Foundation to provide need-based

scholarships that allow kids to attend camp free or little cost.

The nonprofit foundation provided more than in

$25,000 for scholarships

for youth ages 7-17 to par ticipate in outdoor camps and nature programs

in 2016. This will make camp possible for more than 90 kids.

The foundation also is active in conservation, so that everyone can

experience our parks, greenways, nature preserves, farms and community

gardens. The organization:

• Works with landowners to acquire and conserve natural areas

that can be enjoyed in perpetuity as parks, greenways or nature

preserves.

• Co-hosted two active senior group tours and the annual Open Garden

Day in April at Joslin Garden with the Joslin family and the Parks,

Recreation and Cultural Resources Depar tment.

• Par tnered with Sustainable Raleigh as a co-sponsor of the annual

Raleigh Environmental Awards program to recognize outstanding

environmental stewardship in our community. Seven awards and

mini-grants were awarded for innovative urban agriculture and

community garden projects in Raleigh.

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