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As COVID cases dropped, Clarke County students began returning to UGA

For Clarke County School District students, getting back to normal means going back to UGA for annual field trips. In the fall, a group of pre-Kindergarten students were the first Clarke County School District (CCSD) students on campus for a… Full story

Hand-crafted brightly lit animals delight children and adults at UGA’s first winter light show

Eight whimsical creatures are stirring up magical memories at the UGA State Botanical Garden during the inaugural Winter WonderLights event that runs through Jan. 9. Created by local artists using welded metal and thousands of dazzling lights, a cardinal, a… Full story

Winter WonderBar adds to the excitement at UGA’s first holiday light show

Condor Chocolates is making the UGA State Botanical Garden’s inaugural holiday lights show even sweeter. Locally owned by brothers Nick and Peter Dale, Condor Chocolates has created a Winter WonderBar to coincide with the garden’s holiday light show, Winter WonderLights,… Full story

State Botanical Garden to become Winter WonderLights in December

Beginning Dec. 1, the University of Georgia will host its first Winter WonderLights show with a Garden of Delights, Candy Cane Lane and Cone Tree Plaza, among other magical features, along a half-mile trail at the State Botanical Garden of… Full story

UGA part of federal grant targeting preservation of imperiled plants

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is among four conservation organizations in Georgia to receive federal funding to save 14 imperiled plant species. The nearly $780,000 grant, awarded to a partnership led by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR),… Full story

Experience UGA goes virtual during the pandemic, with activities that K-8 students can use in the classroom and at home

The stage lights are shining and the curtain is in place, ready to be opened with the click of a computer mouse. Push play, and the story of Adelaide and the Fairy World comes to life on the computer screen…. Full story

Preserving pollinators, preserving a neighborhood

The preserved remains of the old St. Mark’s A.M.E. Church rise up in the center of Atlanta’s English Avenue neighborhood like an ancient ruin. Soon, they will be flanked by native grasses, wildflowers and shrubs, installed on Earth Day by… Full story

UGA’s State Botanical Garden of Georgia brings buzz to the Athens community

The buzz around UGA this spring is coming from East Campus Road and Sanford Drive. That’s where bees, butterflies and other insects are gathering around new pollinator plant beds installed to raise awareness of the importance of native plants, as… Full story

Improvements to UGA’s State Botanical Garden make trails, riverbank more accessible

The roughly half dozen miles of nature trails at the UGA State Botanical Garden of Georgia are frequented by hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Now they are accessible to visitors in wheelchairs, pushing strollers or those who have… Full story

New entrance at UGA State Botanical Garden of Georgia makes grounds and facilities more accessible

A new entranceway to the State Botanical Garden of Georgia includes an outdoor elevator to allow visitors to more easily reach the grounds and facilities from the parking lots, and is the first of a trio of garden construction projects… Full story

Middle schoolers get their hands dirty (remotely) at Grow It Know It online summer camp

Clarke County Public School students haven’t been in a classroom since March, but that hasn’t stopped the learning, even over the summer, thanks to the University of Georgia. More than two dozen middle school students participated in a UGA summer… Full story

Nonprofits continue receiving organizational support from UGA through virtual tools

The COVID-19 pandemic has not stopped the University of Georgia from supporting nonprofits in their mission to build a better quality of life in their communities. Prior to the pandemic, Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Inc. had called on… Full story

State Botanical Garden receives funding to support food programs and online summer camps

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia was among 28 public gardens in the U.S. to receive funding from the U.S. Botanic Garden and the American Public Garden Association to help support its urban agriculture and community food-growing programs. The $15,000… Full story

Athens healthcare employees weren’t finding time to eat. UGA made it easier for them.

Healthy food for healthcare workers. That’s a new initiative for the UGA Campus Kitchen program, which has expanded its operations during the COVID-19 crisis to provide nutritious snacks and quick meals for employees at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center. Every… Full story

UGA Campus Kitchen keeps food on the table with help from UGA Public Service and Outreach

On a rainy Monday morning in March, staff at the UGA State Botanical Garden of Georgia are in the children’s garden harvesting bushels of kale, collards, parsley and beets they no longer need for educational programs this spring. They are… Full story

Georgia’s First Lady helps State Botanical Garden promote native plants and pollinators

State Botanical Garden Director Jenny Cruse-Sanders and members of the garden staff were guests at the 2020 Legislative Spouses Luncheon at the Governor’s Mansion, where they talked about the importance of native Georgia plants, a topic dear to the heart… Full story

State Botanical Garden development reaches new heights with topping-out ceremony

The Center for Art and Nature at the State Botanical Garden moved a step closer to reality as donors and University of Georgia staff held a ceremonial “topping out” of the facility last week. Deen Day Sanders, who gave her… Full story

New developments at State Botanical Garden will increase educational opportunities, improve access

The University of Georgia broke ground on a trio of projects Aug. 23 at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. The projects—the Center for Art and Nature Porcelain and Decorative Arts Museum, the Discovery and Inspiration Garden, and a new… Full story