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Texas Discovery Gardens - April 2011 Charity

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During the entire month of April, One Meaning will be donating 10% of all sales to Texas Discovery Gardens! This is a magical, happy place that brings joy to so many and educates all visitors, with a special focus on inner city kids. We’ll be featuring additional fundraising opportunities for this great organization during April, starting with our donation of jewelry as auction items for their "Organic In the City" Fashion Show on April 14th. You'll be able to find more on our Facebook page (One Meaning - Couture with a Consicence). Spring has sprung – now let your love take flight like a beautiful butterfly.

Texas Discovery Gardens
Located in Dallas’ historic Fair Park, Texas Discovery Gardens is a year-round organically maintained urban oasis filled with natural wonders for visitors of all ages. Family festivals, free days, and an extensive (and growing) EarthKeepers® student education program introduce North Central Texans of all ages to natural outdoor learning experiences. Find out more at http://texasdiscoverygardens.org/

About the Gardens
The gardens encompass 7.5 acres, offering a wonderful diversity of garden styles and botanical collections. The Gardens feature native plants and plant species from other regions of the world that are adapted to the challenging climate and soils of North Texas. Plants are also selected for their benefits in providing habitat for native wildlife, including butterflies, bugs, and birds.

A native butterfly habitat demonstration garden encourages visitors to create and certify their own butterfly garden through Texas Discovery Gardens. A wildlife pond encourages children to discover the lifecycle of frogs, turtles, and other aquatic life. Other themed garden areas include a Shakespeare Garden, the EarthKeepers® Vegetable Garden, and the Benny J. Simpson Texas Native Plant Collection.

Inside the newly renovated main building, visitors see eye to eye with live butterflies in the year-round attraction, the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium. Maintained organically, the butterfly house displays an extensive tropical plant collection as well as hundreds of tropical and native butterflies. The butterflies are shipped in weekly as pupae from small farms in South America and Asia. Daily at noon, visitors enjoy a butterfly release and talk into the butterfly house as staff release newly-emerged butterflies.

Their mission is to teach effective ways to restore, conserve and preserve nature in the urban environment, with a focus on gardening organically and sustainably. Texas Discovery Gardens is a non-profit educational organization supported, in part, by the Dallas Park and Recreation Department.

About the EarthKeepers Children’s Education Program
Funding from partners like One Meaning allow Texas Discovery Gardens to further their educational outreach, encouraging children to experience nature through making terrariums, learning about the rainforest and touring the butterfly house, discovering math concepts in nature, and more.

The primary audience for the EarthKeepers® Children’s Education Program is from urban schools of the Dallas Independent School District. Statistically, these children lag in language, math and science skills. Classroom math and science classes hold little relevance to urban students’ own lives.

Teaching in natural environments improves science testing scores by as much as 27 percent and produces significant gains in social studies, language arts, and math. Their approach provides that connection and fosters an appreciation and definite interest in continuing the learning path that advances math and science study, and an interest in positive environmental stewardship.

For many of Dallas’ inner city youth, Texas Discovery Gardens may be their only avenue for connecting with nature. They use their 7.5 acre organic “living classroom” and permanent Butterfly House to advance math and science skills, botany and insect study, and environmental best practices in programs that are creative, experiential and fun.

We think this is a really cool example of what all metropolis guardians should incorporate into their city “landscape.” You can start with a small community garden patch and see where a little focused love and care leads your project. Thank you so much for you support of our Charity for April!! We’d love to hear from you and learn how this organization might have inspired you. Let your love fly by sharing your stories. We are all connected.


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