Stars of HBO’s VEEP and Netflix’s House of Cards joined students and teachers for a garden build at Curtis Bay Elementary School as The Nature Conservancy kicked off the Nature Works Everywhere Gardens Program on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Presented in collaboration with City Blossoms, sponsored by CSX Transportation, and in partnership with the Environmental Media Association (EMA), Nature Works Everywhere gardens connect students to a global challenge—to protect the natural systems that produce our food, water, clean air, and energy. The gardens also serve as a space where students, teachers, and families can learn about conservation science while spending time outdoors.
“The garden build at Curtis Bay Elementary was the perfect way to help students connect with nature and get a true sense of where our food comes from. An added bonus was having celebrities from hit shows such as VEEP and House of Cards come out and get their hands dirty with the kids. Their effort to turn a spotlight on this issue is invaluable,” noted Sara Elliott, Director, The Nature Conservancy.
The Nature Conservancy has teamed up with EMA, a leader in linking the power of celebrity to environmental awareness, to coordinate opportunities for celebrity involvement in the community gardens program. The Nature Works Everywhere garden build was honored to have EMA host cast members from HBO’s VEEP including Tony Hale, Matt Walsh, and Tim Simons; as well as Netflix’s House of Cards cast member Michael Kelly.
The Nature Conservancy has selected 12 Baltimore-area schools as winners of the Nature Works Everywhere garden grants for the 2013-2014 school year. Presented in collaboration with City Blossoms and sponsored by CSX Transportation, the grants are designed to promote environmental education by providing schools with the funding and instruction to build school gardens and implement interactive, curriculum-based lessons about the environment.
The Nature Conservancy’s Nature Works Everywhere program, at natureworkseverywhere.org, connects students, teachers, and families to a global challenge—to protect the natural systems that produce our food, water, clean air, and energy. The EMA supports Nature Works Everywhere by coordinating opportunities for celebrity involvement, and through contributing additional community gardens to the program.
The Baltimore schools chosen to receive the garden grants are Independence School Local 1, O’Donnell Heights Elementary School, Hamilton Elementary School, Digital Harbor High School, Curtis Bay Elementary School, Green Street Academy, Roland Park Elementary School, Cross Country Elementary School, John Ruhrah Elementary School, City Springs Elementary School, Bay Brook Elementary School and Benjamin Franklin High School.
Baltimore is the second city to benefit from Nature Works Everywhere garden grants as the program plans to expand to additional cities in the spring of 2014. In 2012-2013, 10 Washington DC schools benefited from non-competitive grants through the program.
About The Environmental Media Association:
The Environmental Media Association (EMA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to harnessing the power of the entertainment industry and the media to educate the global public on environmental issues and motivate sustainable lifestyles. EMA believes that through television, film and music, the entertainment community has the power to influence the environmental awareness of millions of people. EMA mobilizes the entertainment industry in educating people about environmental issues, which in turn, inspires them to take action. Visit The Environmental Media Association on the web at www.ema-online.org.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.