(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
On Monday, July 1, the cornerstone of the new Children's Discovery Trail in the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens was laid in the presence of the donors and organizations that have contributed towards its realization. With the support of its friends in Germany, KKL-JNF is a major partner in the building of this unique and innovative project.
The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens were originally established in the 1950s as part of the Hebrew University. They were opened to the public in 1985 and are now a non-profit organization governed by the Hebrew University, the Jerusalem Municipality, KKL-JNF, the Jerusalem Foundation, the Kaplan-Kushnik Foundation, and Friends of the Botanical Gardens. The gardens are a reserve for threatened wildflowers, many of whose habitats have been destroyed by development, saving them from extinction. They also educate thousands of children and adults to appreciate plants and their environments.
"This project is getting underway with the help of KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler and thanks to his initiative and vision. It is my fervent wish that KKL-JNF supporters from around the world will visit the Gardens with their children and grandchildren. When they ask their KKL-JNF guide where they can go for a beautiful walk in nature in urban Jerusalem, the guide will be able to direct them to the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens and proudly tell them that KKL-JNF is partner to this project," said Jerusalem Botanical Gardens (JBG) chairman Alan Berkley.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the representatives of the various organizations and families of the donors signed on a special scroll that was embedded in the cornerstone of the new trail.
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