Navarino receives Green Gift grant from Cellcom

As part of Cellcom’s Green Gift program, the Navarino Nature Center has received a $1,000 grant to purchase programming materials.

The center, which provides educational opportunities and programs to more than 15,000 visitors annually, is a gateway to the outdoors for students, scouts and families. With the grant, employees plan to update and replace pond nets, magnifiers, dissection materials, lesson books and more.

“We want to ensure all who come to Navarino Nature Center have a great experience that will, in turn, hopefully lead to a great love and respect for the outdoors,” said Tim Ewing, director and naturalist at Navarino. “As word of mouth gets out to other schools about what Navarino Nature Center has to offer, more educational trips are planned. By updating the equipment, materials and lessons, we can offer incoming schools more options and provide more public opportunities.”

The nature center was among 29 green organizations sharing in $40,000 in Green Gifts this year. The program uses funds generated by Cellcom’s cellphone recycling program.

“By simply recycling old devices, customers are helping Cellcom contribute to programs and projects that support environmental stewardship and have a positive impact on our natural world,” said Cindy Durand, director of public affairs at Cellcom.