NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island receives grant for Pollinator Garden and Maritime Forest Trail

By on January 19, 2021

North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island

North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island will develop a new maritime forest trail to educate guests on the importance of pollinators thanks to a $25,000 grant from Dominion Energy.

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is one of 118 organizations selected for this year’s Dominion Energy environmental stewardship grants. The competitive grants support education and stewardship projects that preserve, enhance or make nature more accessible.

“Educating the public on the importance of pollinators and conserving and nurturing natural areas, such as our state’s maritime forests, are part of what supports the overall mission of the North Carolina Aquariums.  We are grateful for Dominion’s immeasurable support in meeting these goals,” said Larry Warner, director at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island.

Dominion’s grant to the aquarium will formalize its outdoor pollinator garden exhibit by supporting the implementation of hands-on interactive signs throughout. The grant also supports the development of a new maritime forest trail, adjacent to the pollinator garden exhibit, which will educate visitors on the importance of these coastal environments.  Finally, the grant will support a temporary education intern that will share with guests the importance of pollinators, how to develop your own pollinator environments at home, and engage visitors in outdoor conservation activities.

“These grants support programs and people dedicated to making our world a better, more livable place for our future generations,” said Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation. “It’s a privilege to support these community efforts to improve the environment and provide environmental education opportunities.”

Dominion Energy has awarded $1.3 million in grants through its philanthropic arm, the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, to 118 organizations working to improve natural spaces or teach about the environment. Since 2003, Dominion Energy has donated nearly $34 million to a wide variety of environmental projects across its footprint.

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