In 2004 our team was engaged to create the vision, design and programming of a botanical garden for the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston. We saw this not only as a space to celebrate nature in the heart of the City, but also as an opportunity for the public to learn more about biodiversity, our natural environment, habitat protection, and climate change.
We called the project the “Darwin Project” because of the focus on biodiversity and evolution of the natural world. The mission of the Darwin Project Botanical Garden and Environmental Learning Center was to:
• Create a common ground, focused on the beauty and diversity of nature, where residents and visitors of diverse cultural and social backgrounds could convene to explore our individual and collective roles in environmental stewardship and social action to shape the future of our global community.
• Make learning about nature fun and engaging for children, as well as reconnect adults with the imagination and freedom of expression that we came by naturally as children.
We plunged wholeheartedly into this botanical garden project. Much to our deep disappointment and to that of so many in the community and to environmental educators, the project fell within a poor economic climate and has not been funded. We have retained the title Darwin Project as the name for our non-profit organization which shares the same goals of environmental learning.
As the vision for our reinvented Darwin Project unfolds we too become involved in other environmental learning projects which contribute new links in a global chain of consciousness about nature and humanity.