NFL Super Bowl Grant Supports NatureScape Broward Initiative
A dedication ceremony will be held beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 9, for the newly installed environmental garden at the New Renaissance Middle School in Miramar. The garden was funded by a grant secured by Broward County’s NatureScape program through the National Football League’s Environmental Program in preparation for the upcoming Super Bowl XLIV activities in February 2010.
Attending the ceremony will be representatives from Broward County, Broward County Public Schools, the NFL, Florida Division of Forestry, City of Miramar, Greater Fort Lauderdale Flyway Cities Coalition, South Florida Audubon, and National Wildlife Federation Habitat Stewards. Jack Groh, director of the National Football League Environmental Programs, will have the audience take a green pledge to care for the environment and share information on the economic and environmental impact of a large event such as the Super Bowl. The SPCA Wildlife Care Center will release rehabilitated native birds.
In preparation for the dedication, 21 large native trees, including live oaks, wild tamarinds, gumbo limbos, paradise trees and thatch palms are being planted on the New Renaissance campus by Agri-Science students from Western and Plantation high schools.
NatureScape Broward staff will spend two days with New Renaissance students planting additional plants for butterflies, mulching and releasing ladybugs. The staff will also provide lessons on landscaping for native wildlife, environmental stewardship and how to reduce their carbon footprint. Project Perch, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving burrowing owl habitat, will install permanent artificial burrows for the resident burrowing owls and the Florida Division of Forestry will demonstrate how to measure and care for their new trees. Students will be calculating their individual carbon footprint and creating posters on the importance of trees in sequestering carbon dioxide.
For more information on this event or NatureScape Broward, call Diana Guidry at or visit www.broward.org/naturescape. NatureScape Broward is a program of the Broward County Commission and the Broward County Natural Resources Planning and Management Division.
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