Tinker receives Community Foundation grant to promote outdoor education

Staff Report

Rockford’s Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens, 411 Kent St., Rockford, has received a $3,000 grant from the William & Catherine McCoy fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL).

The grant will be used to purchase tools, seeds and plugs necessary for the continued restoration of the Tinker prairie meadow. Outdoor education materials will also be purchased to be used in prairie and creek study programs for school and scout groups.

The grant will also aid in the purchase of two signs. The first is an educational interpretive sign for the prairie meadow, listing the flora and fauna of the prairie, which will be placed in the natural site. The second sign purchased will honor the community partners and donors to the prairie meadow restoration project and will be located at the end of the Tinker suspension bridge.

Our agency has been committed not only to the restoration of the cottage itself, but the natural areas surrounding it,” said Alix Fox of Tinker Swiss Cottage. “The grant from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois will give us additional resources for the immediate beautification of the area for the community at large, as well as serve as an educational component to the Tinker programming. The prairie meadow works as teaching landscape, creating a dynamic connection for students and guests to their natural environment, providing a richer educational experience.”

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum was founded in 1942 and has served the Winnebago County and surrounding areas through education, outreach and events. Ruth Little is the president of the Board of Trustees.

The CFNIL is the area’s largest provider of grants and scholarships. Its mission is to attract, grow and preserve an endowment for the needs of the people of northern Illinois.

From the Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2013, issue

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