Conservation can sometimes be misunderstood as an effort to protect out of reach areas that have tremendous theoretical benefit. We are charged to make the promise of conservation accessible. What happens, then, when one local family stumbles on a hidden treasure in our Great Parks?
From nature & neighbors
Twenty years ago, William Garnett of Forest Park, and his wife, Gina Gerwin Garnett, discovered a quiet, rarely-visited area that was surprisingly full of colorful, native wildflowers. This moment would spark an intimate, annual tradition to pilgrimage to spot the first flowers of spring. Today, thanks to a generous donation from William in memory of Gina, we can now all enjoy this “double” gift of 26 acres of cleared and maintained forest complete with a wildflower overlook, interpretive signs, and educational programs.