Thursday, August 13, 2009

Check It Out: Grant for San Francisco Botanical Garden Society

The San Francisco Botanical Garden Society (SFBGS) has been awarded a prestigious grant by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the highly competitive Museums for America grant program. Museums for America is one of the largest federal grant program for museums in the country and is designed to help museums sustain the world’s cultural heritage, support lifelong learning, and serve as centers of community engagement. SF Botanical Garden Society was one of 167 grant recipients selected from 433 applicants.

San Francisco Botanical Garden Society will receive a $72,565 IMLS grant to support a pilot GIS Mapping Project. “Using a combination of current GPS and mapping technologies this project will begin mapping the infrastructure and the location of plants in several of the gardens geographically themed sections,” explains David Kruse-Pickler, Associate Curator, SFBGS. The project will increase the Society’s capacity to advance strategic goals in three important areas of museum operations: plant collections management, care and maintenance of the gardens, and interpretation of the garden’s plant collections to a broad and diverse audience.


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