The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens is to have a children's discovery trail! On July 1, 2013, a cornerstone was laid in the presence of donors and representatives of supporting organizations. A special scroll of their signatures was also embedded in the cornerstone as a memorial.
The Children's Discovery Garden is the brainchild of former Jerusalem Botanical Gardens (JBG) chairman, Mendel Kaplan. His overall aim was to realize the Biblical directive in the book of Genesis 'to till and protect' the land. The JBG boasts one of the largest collections of plant species in the world, and is also a reserve for threatened wildflowers, which would otherwise become extinct, as their habitats have been destroyed by development. Over 200 000 adults and 80 000 children of all ethnicities visit the JBG each year to take a beautiful walk, and learn to appreciate the rare collection of plants in the unique Jerusalem environment.
The Jewish National Fund (JNF) is proud to take part in this venture and was represented at the ceremony by Dr. Bentzion Bar Lavie, Director of JNF's Education and Youth Division. "As the largest green organization in Israel, JNF protects Israel's natural resources and is responsible for afforestation, water reservoirs, natural woodlands, river and stream restoration and much more," he said. "We also believe that education is the only way to ensure the future of this vision. For us, the name of the game is 'creating meaningful moments', and I have no doubt that the new trail will create such moments in the lives of the many children who will visit here."
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