Discovery Gardens Awarded $3,000 grant

For the second year in a row, the Onslow Master Gardener Volunteers have been awarded a grant from the Lovett Foundation. In 1992 renowned author, Charlie Lovett, created the Lovett Foundation grant program to help support non-profit organizations in North Carolina. This year, the $3,240 grant will go toward the purchase of mulch and compost for the Discovery Gardens in Onslow County.

The Discovery Gardens are a combination of demonstration/teaching gardens and recreational areas designed to educate people about land stewardship practices; celebrate the bond between people and plants through educational activities; provide gardening experiences for all ages and abilities; and inspire the creation of sustainable, ornamental, and edible gardens. The Onslow County Master Gardener Volunteers have been instrumental in the development, upkeep, and growth of the Discovery Gardens since 2007.


The Lovett Foundation is a unique philanthropic group specializing in funding grants that reach beyond the ordinary. Award recipients have received funds to purchase everything from a refrigerator to a truckload of processed rubber.

Last year the Lovett Foundation award helped the Onslow County Master Gardeners purchase safe and comfortable outdoor seating for Discovery Garden learning spaces.

Brockport Research Institute has assisted the Onslow Master Gardener Volunteers in their effort to seeks funds for the Discovery Gardens since 2013.


BRI Working on Several Evaluation Projects

Recent Brockport Research Institute evaluation projects include a three-year, $400,000 New York State Education Department (NYSED) grant to improve science teaching in the Rochester City School District; a two-year, $200,000 NYSED grant to lower the high school drop-out rate in Ithaca City School District; and a three-year, $1.2 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to engage SUNY Brockport education students in increasing the use of computational science in their teaching practice. In addition, we are working with the Cooperative Extension of Onslow County, North Carolina to support their gardening and resource conservation demonstration project, and conducting an energy behavior pilot project for the New York State Energy Research and Development Administration (NYSERDA).


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From Mud Pies to Dinosaur Bones: Dr. Silverstone Speaks at STEM Conference

On October 24th Dr. Sara Silverstone, CEO and founder of Brockport Research Institute and director of the Empire STEM Learning Network, Finger Lakes Region, spoke at the American Association of University Women’s conference at the Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, NY. The focus of this year’s conference was encouraging girls to participate in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities and careers.

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Dr. Silverstone discussed the current research about women in STEM and how the industry can further promote girls and women in STEM careers.

Read more about the conference and Dr. Silverstone’s talk in the Cornell Chronicle.