Our Local Arboretum is an oasis. Take a walk there and you will find beautiful living creatures, plants, insects, fish, birds, turtles, four legged wildlife and more.
I volunteer at The Thielke Arboretum as a docent and tourguide to groups of kids and adults who are interested in learning about wetlands and the life there. All 11 acres provide a lovely walk in nature.
This is a current outdoor classroom.
If it rains, this class will be cancelled.
The kids love being there and learning about the importance of water conservation, wetlands and aquifers. Their eyes light up when a bird is spotted, when the turtles are found sunbathing on a tree branch above the pond or when a baby frog jumps right in front of them. The adults stroll through the arboretum enjoying everything that grows there. For me, I think it’s an incredible classroom and enables me to teach someone about the importance of minimizing our carbon footprint, picking up litter, conserving water and respecting the earth every day. The only thing that can ruin our learning experience is the weather and that is why we need an indoor educational center.
If we had an educational center, we would be able to run regular, dependable educational events. We would be able to foster future leaders who care about the environment and would continue the incredible work of the FOGRA volunteers. We could grow our programs and continue to keep the Arboretum beautiful.
To date, FOGRA volunteers have raised more than $400,000 to install a classroom, office and two bathrooms. We need another $200,000 in order to donate this building to the town of Glen Rock. If you have ever enjoyed the Arboretum and wish to keep it a beautiful and thriving oasis, please support it now by making a donation and contributing toward our educational center. If you have not visited the Arboretum, please come and enjoy a StoryWalk®, search for wildlife or just sit and enjoy the beauty and then donate what you think it’s worth. How much would you pay to go to the Bronx Zoo or NY Botanical Gardens? If you and all your neighbors contributed the costs of the tolls across the GWB toward the Arboretum it would help tremendously.
Most visitors assume that the entire upkeep of the Arboretum is paid for by our tax dollars, but that is not true. The Glen Rock budget for the Arboretum is just a fraction of its costs. The Arboretum is kept beautiful and healthy by a dedicated group of Master Gardeners and other local caregivers who can volunteer at anywhere they choose. But they enjoy taking care of our Arboretum.
Did you know that a local volunteer at the arboretum has also taken some beautiful photos of the arboretum? Check out Doug Salvatoriello’s photos here!