May 28, 2015, Jupiter, Florida, U.S.A., Stewart Materials, Inc., (SMI) has made an undisclosed donation to the South Florida National Parks Trust. The donation will support programs in four South Florida national parks including environmental education programs at Everglades National Park. The Everglades Environmental Education Program has been introducing South Florida school children to the Everglades through hands-on learning for more than 40 years. More than 10,000 students visit the park each year to participate in quality education programs offered by the National Park Service. The curriculum-based programs were developed in partnership with teachers and are offered free of charge to participating schools.
Stewart Materials’ Founder Nick Stewart commented, “The only reason we call attention to our partnership with the South Florida National Parks Trust is to bring awareness to the great work they do. The Everglades Education Program is just one example.” He continued, “I hope other businesses will join with the Trust to ensure their programming continues to flourish.
Don Finefrock, Executive Director at South Florida National Parks Trust states, “We are gratified for good corporate partners and environmental stewards like Stewart Materials. Nick Stewart continues to support our efforts through the years.” The South Florida National Parks Trust is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization established in 2002 to support South Florida’s four national parks – Everglades, Biscayne and Dry Tortugas National Parks and Big Cypress National Preserve. Since its inception the Trust has successfully funded dozens of projects in these parks representing a combined investment of more than $5 million. By working with the National Park Service to identify and fund projects that benefit South Florida’s national parks, their visitors and the South Florida community, the Trust seeks to promote, protect and enhance the region’s national parks while building a legacy of stewardship in South Florida. For more information about the Trust, visit www.southfloridaparks.org.