The Yachats Public Library is located in a coastal town of 700 in Oregon. Even though it is a “public ” library it is solely funded by the generosity of local residents. This grant is for the Children’s Library program to create and offer a weekend children’s program in conjunction with the local adult community celebration of Earth Day 2015. This addition to the various seminars, demonstrations, beach cleanups, etc. will, hopefully, become an annual event at the library.
Also, this grant will be applied to develop a summer reading program focused on environmental issues and concerns as they relate to the local community. In addition to readings and videos, will be the involvement of participants with relevant expertise–trail management; sea life protection; ocean clean-up; flora habitat protection; birding. Also, the inclusion of previous Amaterra grant recipients; Washed Ashore and Gerdemann Botanical Preserve in your activities may be possible.
Thank you Director Joe Swaffar for arranging this grant.
2012-13 Scenes along the Gerdemann Botanical Preserve and Garden public nature path built with the assistance of Amaterra
The trail starts here!
Located in Yachats, Oregon, the preserve’s mission and activities parallel the mission statement of Amaterra and make it a worthy recipient of one of our $1000 micro-grants. Gerdemann Botanical Preserve and Garden is the life’s work of plant pathologist, Dr. James Gerdemann, who collected plant specimens and seeds from his world travels and labored to adapt them to the unique climate of the central Oregon coast. The 3.5 acre protective conservation easement contains numerous plant species, many of which he created, while emphasizing rhododendron (700 plants), magnolia and cacti.
The conservators/owners, Jerry and Kathleen Sand, manage the site. They facilitate educational programs and research and apprenticeship opportunities with the state universities. Also, they foster public access via tours and children’s programs.
Moms and Tots on the Public Footpath, entering the wetland boardwalk sedge section midst native hemlock and spruce trees.
Detailed information and many excellent photos can be accessed at their web-site, gerdemanngarden.org.
Amaterra’s grant was used to promote public access to the site and enhance the educational experience of visitors. A system of durable identification signage was purchased and installed on a public trail at an estimated cost of $300. The remaining $700 funded a raised-access segment of the trail through a micro-wetlands section created by a spring and creek. Both activities enhance public use and the educational impact of this unique site.
Looking across the bridge
A small bridge over Mitchell Creek with steps leading to Rhododendron ‘David’ and old English hybrid.
Large Rhododendron ‘Wisp’ arch over the Public Footpath, in full bloom March-April.
This grant was arranged by
Amaterra Director, Joe Swaffar