Sandoway Discovery Center Receives $90,000 Education and Animal Care Grant From The Jim Moran Foundation
Delray Beach, Fla. – Sandoway Discovery Center is pleased to announce it has received a two-year grant totaling $90,000 from The Jim Moran Foundation. The funds will be used to support Sandoway’s Education and Animal Care Program which allows students and visitors to learn environmental education through hands-on activities and live-animal encounters. The Jim Moran Foundation grant will also allow for the purchase of a new environmental education book to be sent home with every student participating in Sandoway’s Junior Naturalist Program from a Title I school.
According to Executive Director, Danica Sanborn, “This is a tremendous opportunity to enhance and strengthen the student experience at Sandoway and we are most grateful for the support of The Jim Moran Foundation and the confidence they have placed in our education programs.”
Sandoway’s mission is to educate students and its local community about the importance of preserving the area’s fragile coastal ecosystem, and to encourage children to become champions of Florida’s beaches and animals. Its goal is to connect children to nature so that they can become future stewards of the environment. Sandoway received over 26,000 visitors last year, with over 6,000 students participating in one of their award-winning educational programs.
About Sandoway Discovery Center
Sandoway Discovery Center offers a glimpse into South Florida’s fragile marine and freshwater environments through educational exhibits and programs. The nature center opened its doors in 1998 and quickly captivated the interest of students, teachers, naturalists, community leaders, visitors and residents of Delray Beach and surrounding communities. The unique facility is an exciting hands-on learning experience, which focuses on Florida’s fragile ecosystems and their inhabitants. The nature center’s activities include shark, stingray and alligator feedings, Junior Naturalist program for at-risk youth, group education programs, outreach, beach and dune walks, live animal exhibits, fossil digs and more. The Friends of Sandoway House Nature Center, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about Delray’s coastal/marine ecosystems and natural history all to benefit future generations.
About The Jim Moran Foundation
Founded by automotive pioneer Jim Moran, the mission of The Jim Moran Foundation is to improve the quality of life for the youth and families of Florida through the support of innovative programs and opportunities that meet the ever-changing needs of the community. The Foundation has invested more than $120 million in education, elder care, family strengthening, and youth transitional living initiatives since its inception in 2000 with efforts currently focused in Broward, Palm Beach and Duval counties. Through a long-term Grant Agreement, The Foundation's significant funders are JM Family Enterprises, Inc., and its subsidiaries, including Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC. To learn more, visit www.jimmoranfoundation.org or call (954) 429-2122.