Discovery Gardens of Onslow

Brockport Research Institute is proud to partner with the Onslow County Master Gardener Volunteers of Onslow County, North Carolina as they work to support the Discovery Gardens.

The Discovery Gardens is an educational garden space that provides visitors of all ages with the opportunity to learn, recreate, and interact with nature in the garden.  These gardens encompass a 4-acre tract of land adjacent to the Onslow County, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Office and Farmers Market.  The gardens will include: a visitor’s center, ornamental pond, classic southern garden, picnic lawn, children’s farm garden, raised bed vegetable garden, shade gardens, pollinator garden, wildlife garden and more.

The gardens are intended to be a place where the community can come together to learn about appropriate plant choices and care, celebrate the bond between people and plants, provide gardening experiences for all ages and abilities, and inspire the creation of sustainable ornamental and edible gardens


In 2014 Brockport Research Institute assisted the Master Gardeners as they applied for a grant from The Lovett Foundation. The Foundation subsequently granted the Master Gardeners  $3,200 to purchase high-quality benches for the Garden’s outdoor learning stations. These benches now provide safe, comfortable, and accessible seating for the students who participate in the Growing Minds programming: the program has served over 250 students per year since 2008, and evaluations that are collected after every class indicate strong support by the teachers regarding the quality of instruction that we offer.

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The comfort that the benches provide has also served to make the Discovery Gardens more accessible to the many additional visitors who frequent the garden, including families, young children, veterans, and senior citizens.

Brockport Research Institute proudly continues to aid the Onslow County Master Gardeners as they seek funding to expand and improve the Discovery Gardens.



Congratulations Keshequa & South Seneca School Districts!

Congratulations to the South Seneca and the Dalton-Nunda Elementary (Keshequa) School Districts! Both schools were awarded grants to fund expanded pre-kindergarten programs after Brockport Research Institute assisted them in their applications.


This New York State Department of Education grant will allow both schools, “to establish new full-day prekindergarten placements, convert existing half-day placements to full-day, or create new half-day placements for three- and/or four-year old students.” The initial funding period is from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.
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Congratulations TST & GV BOCES!


Congratulations to Tomkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES  and Genesee Valley Educational Partnership (BOCES)! Each were awarded a Career Credentials and Occupational Studies (CDOS)  grant from the New York State Department of Education. Brockport Research Institute was proud to be a part of the grant application process for these BOCES programs.

Grant funds will help both organizations and their school districts enhance their instructional programs so that students with disabilities will have “increased access to and participation in career and technical education (CTE) coursework, instruction in the Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) learning standards, and work-based learning opportunities to fulfill requirements for the award of the NYS CDOS Commencement Credential.” Programs and professional development funded by these grants will also offer these students greater access to academic and social supports.