Education and Outreach Center
We have made great progress at the Education and Outreach (E&O) Center. In 2013 we excavated the lots, brought in native topsoil, installed the irrigation system, poured concrete, planted the xeriscape yard, installed low-moisture sod, installed the perimeter fence, and installed the granite path.
In 2014 the greenhouse was erected, pollinator garden planted, and we are still working on the composite deck, beneficial grasses/forbs/sedges, solar path lights, side-paths, and the storage shed installed.
The grants we have received to date include an HB 223 grant in the amount of $10,000 from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Service. In February 2014, we were awarded a NATIONAL GRANT in the amount of $10,000 from the NCF/NACD Presidents Award. We have received tremendous support from the community also.
A HUGE thank you to the following businesses for the generous donations:
Manhattan State Bank – Sponsorship of the Greenhouse
StoneTek – Granite path
Holland Concrete Construction-concrete for the pergola, greenhouse, and city sidewalk
Aquatech Inc-Irrigation system
Springhill Sod-Low-moisture sod
Knife River-Gravel & sand
Kredit Electric-Electrical services
Earth System Compost-Compost
Crop Production Services-Fertilizer
Stockman Bank – $7,000 for Pergola
Warm Springs Productions – $500.00
Spring Creek Farms & Shutter Farms-390 CY of native topsoil
Kanta Products-Landscape bricks for side paths
H&E Equipment-Skid steer rental, dingo rental, demo saw rental
Westscape Nursery-Xeriscape plants
Val Mencas Excavation-$200.00
DNRC Montana State Nursery – Fruit Trees
Oasis Montana – Solar Panel & hardware
Town of Manhattan & GCD Supervisors – Use of dump truck
Manhattan State Bank – $2350 for storage shed
Western Pines – Two yards of mulch
Murdochs – $390 worth of tools
Belgrade TruValue – Nine bags of mulch
The use of the center will be utilized for educational events for youth and adults, demonstration areas, and hands-on activities for kids of all ages!
If you or your organization would like to get involved with this exciting project please fill out the form below. We still have plenty of opportunities for volunteer hours and still have sponsorship opportunities for the pergola, community gardens, sitting benches, and decorative accents.