Five-Year Plan for GreenUP Ecology Park

2017 is GreenUP’s 25th year. Over the past 25 years, the landscape has shifted dramatically, but GreenUP continues to develop innovative, relevant, and diverse programs that have a lasting impact on the health of our shared environment.

The GreenUP Ecology Park is a key site for our programming. Each year, more than 1,000 students visit the Park with their classes, their families, or as part of a camp program. Over the past 25 years, the Ecology Park has provided a critical site of discovery and environmental immersion for nearly 20,000 young people – a generation of impact.

The Ecology Park tree nursery and garden market is also a trusted source for healthy, locally grown plant stock. These hardy plants have been widely used in conservation projects, and each year, we experience more interest in landscape naturalization and greater demand for resilient, native species.

However, without needed repairs and development, the aging infrastructure at Ecology Park will not be able to support this kind of programming or meet this growing demand moving forward.

As we look toward the future, it is vitally important that we not only rebuild our existing facilities, but that we strengthen and expand our capacity to offer our renowned environmental programming and services for years to come.

GreenUP has a 5-year plan to construct needed infrastructure at Ecology Park. This Fundraising Plan describes this plan in more detail and articulates a pathway to achieving these ambitious goals.

The development of a naturalized playscape will help children build confidence by enabling diverse, unstructured play. The structure will also support creative outdoor play by increasing opportunities for learning about nature. Finally, by integrating varied topographies and fun, hands-on elements, the playscape will increase physical activity rates.

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