Pictured are Volunteers from UPS pick garlic mustard at Baltimore Woods Nature Center.  

The UPS Foundation presents a check to Baltimore Woods’ staff for sponsorship of a Nature in the City school in 2013/14.  

UPS volunteers pick garlic mustardUPS sponsors NITC(Marcellus, NY – April 2013) Baltimore Woods received $5,000 from the UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS (NYSE: UPS). The grant will be used to support Baltimore Woods’ award-winning Nature in the City science education program for elementary students in Syracuse city schools during the upcoming school year.

Nature in the City links Syracuse city schools with local parks and green spaces, connecting children to science using their own neighborhoods.  Children learn by doing, from collecting samples of invertebrates from city streams, to observing birds in parks within walking distance of schools.   Because of the program’s proven impact on students’ understanding of science benchmarks, the Syracuse City School District has asked Baltimore Woods to expand Nature in the City from eleven to all nineteen elementary schools in Syracuse in 2013/14.  Baltimore Woods needs a corporate or foundation sponsor for each school.

“We are so excited to have UPS join our growing group of corporate sponsors.  UPS is very clearly committed to giving back to our community, and their volunteers are really looking forward to helping out in their sponsored school, ” said Deirdre Aureden, fund developer for Baltimore Woods.

A team of UPS volunteers came out to Baltimore Woods on Tuesday to not only deliver the check, but they helped pick garlic mustard, an invasive species common in our region.  It was a beautiful day and they picked more than six bags.

Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Georgia, The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: nonprofit effectiveness, encouraging diversity, community safety and environmental sustainability.

“The UPS Foundation is honored to support Baltimore Woods’ efforts in promoting high quality science education to our students,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation.  “Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community.”

More information about Baltimore Woods Nature Center can be found on their website: www.baltimorewoods.org.

By martha

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