Dear Garden Friends,
Do you share our vision of a future where nature thrives alongside a bustling human society? Where the world’s natural areas are protected and enhanced, and access to nature is a fundamental human right, even in the most densely populated cities? These questions may seem bigger than us and removed from our day to day lives, but they aren’t. They are fundamental to what we do at the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden.
All of our work, from K-12 botanical tours for inner city students, to free community programs, to providing a biodiverse outdoor classroom and laboratory for the next generation of leaders is carried out with the goal of increasing the likelihood of this future. We can see the immediate results when a young student makes a new connection to nature, but the full outcome may be many years away, when that student is in a place to affect the future of biodiversity. Our job is to plant seeds, literally and figuratively, and planting the seeds of appreciation for the natural world is something we couldn’t be more proud of.
As the year comes to a close, we gratefully reflect on the progress our UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden has made in 2018. We’ve led more than 2000 visitors through the Garden on guided tours, hosted more than 20 free events, renovated key Garden areas, improved trail accessibility, increased the botanical diversity of our living collection and much more. But the biggest achievement of the past year has been to grow our community and create a space where people from diverse backgrounds and disciplines can come together to share their love of the natural world. We could not have achieved this without community support and want to send our sincerest thanks to all of those who donated, volunteered, attended an event, shared the garden with new friends, or visited this campus gem and appreciated its beauty.
With just one year remaining in the UCLA Centennial Campaign, through which the university celebrates our 100th birthday, please consider making a tax-deductible gift of any amount to support the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden by clicking on the give button below. Help us plant seeds of a greener, more diverse future.
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