Earthplace gets trails grant from Westport Woman's Club
Earthplace, the Nature Discovery Center, recently received a $5,000 grant from the Westport Woman's Club for its trails system. The presentation was made on Earth Day by Nancy Saipe, the club's community services chairwoman.
"For the 17,000 people who visit Earthplace every year, the organization plans to use the $5,000 grant to revitalize and remap their sanctuary trails, natural habitats, major vegetation areas, buildings, streams and property boundaries, then create and distribute accurate maps to the public," Tony McDowell, Earthplace executive director, said in the announcement of the club's 2015 Ruegg Grant.
"As Westport's second largest open space parcel (following Sherwood Island State Park), Earthplace provides free public access to several miles of trail routes including a universal access one, suitable for wheelchairs and strollers," he added. "Nature lovers and trail walkers of all ages will enjoy the upgraded trails and maps for years to come."
The Westport Woman's Club, established in 1907, is a nonprofit social and philanthropic group dedicated to volunteerism and the raising of funds for charitable purposes. Capital for its Ruegg Grant was provided by a 1995 endowment bequest by member Lea Ruegg, with the stipulation that the club annually award the grant to a nonprofit or service organization for an initiative in the arts, education or health and safety.