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"I am honored to accept on behalf of the people of New York these generous grants from the National Geographic Society and State of New York," said Mayor Giuliani. "These funds will enable Commissioner Stern and the New York City Parks Department to continue to expand learning opportunities for all New Yorkers, particularly the children of New York, in the areas of environmental awareness and conservation. I hope that the unique lessons visitors to the Salt Marsh Nature Center learn will be carried with them for years to come."
The $4 million Salt Marsh Center, funded by Councilman Berman, features orientation, exhibit, classroom, office, and meeting space, as well as an on-site caretaker's apartment. Overlooks were added to nature trails throughout the salt marsh in order to provide places to observe the diverse wildlife along Gerritsen Creek. The project also called for stabilization of the shoreline, reconstruction of the park perimeter with new trees, shrubs, and meadow plantings, and the supplementation of salt marsh areas with indigenous plantings to filter pollutants and attract wildlife.
The Urban Park Rangers manage the Salt Marsh Nature Center as an environmental resource for the local community by providing free educational, recreational and cultural activities. Visitors to the nature center will be able to learn about and explore the salt marsh wetland through nature walks, arts and crafts, hands-on science activities, canoeing, birding, fishing, and habitat restoration projects.
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