Recently someone asked me this question and I decided that maybe it was time to sit down and write a post that would explain. I also decided to add Why we are who we are and why we do what we do.
Who We Are
In 2007, a group of neighbors and business owners who had the common belief that gardening is a way to foster community and create bonds between neighbors formed Brooklyn Centre Naturalists. The trading of plants in a community builds connections that are not easily broken. As BCN continued to meet, we discovered that another bond held us together- the belief that the health of a community depends on the health of its environment. With that thought in mind, our connection to the National Wildlife Foundation became clear. One of our members researched what it takes to become a registered National Wildlife Community, and the group decided that the designation was achievable. A community Wildlife Habitat is a designated area that promotes and fosters the vigor and diversity of native birds and animals by providing the four basic elements throughtout the community tha all wildlife need: food, water, cover, and places to raise young-in individual backyards, on school grounds, and in public areas such as parks, community gardens, places of worship, and businesses. We have been registered since the fall of 2008, and we are now working to become a certified habitat.
What We Do
The projects we undertake in Brooklyn Centre promote, benefit, and achieve one or more of the goals of our organization. We have seven goals that we focus on in our efforts to achieve a bond between or built environment and the rich natural assets we have in Brooklyn Centre. Our goals are:
To develop public workshops.
To establish educational programs with local schools and community groups.
To promote the used of Ohio Native Species plants for gardens and landscapes.
To eradicate invasive plant species.
To maintain and promote a local resource library.
To implement organic gardening principles.
To preserve our community's unique ecosystem.
We fund these projects with grants, various fundraising efforts, and private funding.
Why We Do IT
Our mission is to educate and involve the community in creating a wildlife and people-friendly habitat in an urban setting.