Shangri La Gardens receives $10,000 for Harvey recovery

Photo: Stark Foundation

Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center is pleased to announce that it has received a gift in the amount of $10,000 from Chevron Phillips. These funds will support the replacement of vital environmental education materials lost as a result of flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

Restoring educational resources is crucial for Shangri La Garden’s educators to continue their environmental education efforts. Funds from Chevron Phillips will target Outpost Tour programs along Adams Bayou, Nature Discovery Center wildlife programs, and onsite curriculum-based nature education programs focused on grades K through 8.

“The Education Department at Shangri La Gardens serves more than 26,000 students, teachers, and individuals each year," said Rick Lewandowski, Director of Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. "The richly layered educational opportunities and immersive experiences are only possible through our unique capacity to offer Outpost Tours, hands-on environmental educational experiences in our Nature Discovery Center, and onsite outdoor real-world curriculum-based programming. 

"The replacement of materials lost during the flooding from Hurricane Harvey is vital to the integrity and continued excellence of the educational experiences offered at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. We are deeply grateful to Chevron Phillips for its support in helping us turn the corner to once again serve our community fully as we all recover from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.”

Shangri La Gardens is located at 2111 W. Park Avenue in Orange, Texas. While Shangri La Gardens remains closed to the public, work is underway to reopen the gardens again as soon as possible in 2018. Please visit our website (www.shangrilagardens.org) for updates and information about Shangri La in the meanwhile.

Image Information: Left to right (front row) – Clyde (Tad) McKee III (Stark Foundation President and CEO), Rick J. Lewandowski (Shangri La Gardens Director), Katie Krantz (Shangri La Gardens Education and Volunteer Coordinator), Vicki Derese (Chevron Phillips Community Relations), Elliott Johnson (Chevron Phillips Orange Site Plant Manager); back row – Shangri La Garden’s Environmental Education teaching team.

- STARK

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