New Growth in 2012
Here's what we've accomplished with your support:
Generous funding from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation enabled us to open the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture, northern California's most comprehensive horticultural library, six days each week. Home to 27,000 volumes including a rare book collection, the Library recently made its more than 1,600 volume children's collection available for circulation to San Francisco Unified School District teachers and our members.
Youth Education Program
Serving 10,000 school children each year, our Youth Education Program continues to find new ways to make the Garden a hands-on laboratory of learning. With a shared vision of children as future stewards of the planet, the Save the Redwoods League has partnered with us to fund "Smallest Kids, Tallest Trees," a new program we created for kindergarten classes. We expanded our summer intern program, added new family programming, and collaborated with SFUSD, the California Academy of Sciences and other organizations to provide new professional development opportunities for SFUSD teachers.
Geographic Information System – Mapping Every Plant
In a highly competitive process, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (the primary federal funder of U.S. libraries and museums) awarded an additional two years of funding for our Geographic Information System program. GIS allows us to map plant locations and inventory our collections three times faster, all relying on GPS (global positioning system) technology. In the next few years, information only available through our curators and gardeners will be accessible to everyone through their laptops, tablets and smart-phones. Special thanks to the Blanche Thebom Trust and other individual donors whose gifts allowed us to advance the program while seeking the federal grant.