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The North Carolina Arboretum Receives Gift

ASHEVILLE NC – The North Carolina Arboretum is proud to announce Wells Fargo as its newest Community Partner. A gift of $20,000 has been made in support of the Adult Education Program of the Arboretum.

The Arboretum provides outreach and engagement through adult and youth education, exhibition, and demonstration that promotes leadership in environmental sustainability awareness and increased science literacy among residents of western North Carolina and beyond. The educational programs developed over the 25 years since the Arboretum’s inception have served as a model for excellence in institutional outreach resulting in positive educational and economic outcomes.

As part of its corporate giving program, Wells Fargo seeks to create long-term economic growth and enhance the quality of life for residents of western North Carolina. The gift to support the Adult Education Program will provide learning opportunities for participants seeking to contribute to a more sustainable and beautiful community. More than 100 courses, symposia, and events are offered through the program each year. Topics span a broad range, from landscape, horticulture, and urban forestry to natural history, wellness, and fine art and craft.

“We are proud to partner with the Arboretum to support their Adult Education Program,” said Robby Russell, Asheville Market President for Wells Fargo. “Through this community outreach program, we can create an even stronger community focused on sustainability and environmental stewardship. At Wells Fargo, we are committed to finding new ways to minimize our energy consumption, address climate change, use renewable sources, and inspire others to do the same so we can lower our impact on the planet.”

George Briggs, Executive Director of The North Carolina Arboretum, spoke to the history between the Arboretum and Wells Fargo, as well as a shared vision for building a better community. “A number of achievements and amenities on the Arboretum campus have been made possible through our long- standing banking partnership with Wells Fargo. Their generous support as a Visionary Community Partner advances that positive relationship through supporting our education outreach designed to assist our audiences in growing as informed landscape and environmental stewards.”

Each year more than 370,000 visitors experience the Arboretum’s gardens, trails, exhibits, shows and expos, educational programs, demonstrations and lectures. The Arboretum’s ability to meet its mission and enrich the visitor experience is made possible by a community of support—from members, volunteers and staff to state and local funds, tribute gifts, grants, and community partners.

For more information, please call (828) 665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org. The central mission of The North Carolina Arboretum, an affiliate institution of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system, is to cultivate connections between people and plants.

The NC Arboretum is located next to the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance at Milepost 393. From I-26, take Exit 33 and follow Blue Ridge Parkway signs for two miles to the entrance ramp. Visit www.ncarboretum.org/plan-a-visit for parking fees, property hours and building hours. For general information call (828) 665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org.

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