Bringing Nature to the City
A mile and a half from downtown sits the only urban nature center in Columbus – the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. The center provides a crucial place for the community to “unplug” and connect with nature through a variety of opportunities. School-aged children can learn about the natural world and conservation, organizations can hold meetings outside the normal conference rooms, families can host celebrations surrounded by nature, and visitors can participate in programs on birds or native gardens, or simply enjoy the beautiful spaces of the center. Connections are made here every day.
Allison Clark, education program manager and volunteer coordinator for the center said,
“We’re thankful that Grange Insurance gave us the opportunity to be able to build something here in the community for residents to be able to enjoy and learn from.”
The Grange Insurance Audubon Center was made possible, in large part, by leadership support from Grange Insurance. Grange is committed to serving the community, and its multi-faceted community relations program includes financial support, volunteerism and in-kind donations. Through its Grange Insurance Gives foundation, the company is able to lend a hand – year after year – to organizations that transform lives, provide comfort and enrich the community.
Last year, the Grange Insurance Audubon Center connected more than 82,000 visitors to the beauty of the natural world in the heart of Columbus and inspired nearly 5,000 children to practice environmental stewardship in their daily lives.
One student put it best, saying that she learned…
“simple positive things you can do for your environment can help change the world.”