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Huge grant for GSU's Botanic Garden

STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) -

Thousands of school kids and Georgia Southern University students visit the university’s Botanic Gardens each day.

But a huge gift will make it even better.

The garden sits on 11 acres and includes more than 300 varieties of plants. It’s also one of the biggest field trip destinations for elementary schools across the region.

The Botanic Gardens received a grant for more than $110,000 from the Institute of Museum of Library Service’s Museums for America will help the garden offer environmental science workshops for teachers on sustainability and more. The grant supports the ASTERS (Adventures in Science, Teaching, Exploration and Resourceful Stewardship) program.

"Teachers can take the curriculum, the information back to the classroom. Then the teachers and the students come back here and work on some really fun stuff,” said Garden Director Carolyn Altman.

The grant stretches over the next three years.

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