Cape Fear Museum awarded International Paper grant for ‘Trees and Me’

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Sheryl Kingery Mays, Cape Fear Museum director and Shantel McClendon, International Paper’s Riegelwood Mill, hold the'big check' representing the $4,000 donation the museum received from the company.
Sheryl Kingery Mays, Cape Fear Museum director and Shantel McClendon, International Paper’s Riegelwood Mill. (Courtesy of Cape Fear Museum)

WILMINGTON – Cape Fear Museum has been awarded a $4,000 grant from International Paper’s Riegelwood Mill and the International Paper Foundation. Funds will be used to create a “Trees and Me” community event and to purchase a new full-dome digital film.

“Trees and Me,” a free event to be held in April, will offer hands-on activities and the full-dome environmental science film, Habitat Earth. Families will learn more about the environment of Lower Cape Fear region, with a focus on forests. The Museum will partner with area community groups to explore the longleaf pine, exchange seeds, learn about our interconnected planet and plant a tree in New Hanover County Cape Fear Museum Park.

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Habitat Earth: Living in a Connected World explores of what it means to live in today’s connected world, where biological networks intersect with those built by humans. The film features stunning visualizations of Earth’s biosphere.

“Exploring the long leaf pine and our native ecosystems are important components of the Museum’s mission. We are excited to share this free program with the public and we are grateful to International Paper for making it possible,” says Amy Thornton, Cape Fear Museum’s education manager.

From its inception in 1952 and continuing today, the International Paper Foundation supports non-profit organizations within the communities where International Paper has operating facilities. International Paper gives back to communities through corporate donations, in-kind contributions, employee volunteerism and IP Foundation grants to provide millions of dollars to support hundreds of community based educational, civic and cultural programs that uphold their promise to do the right things, in the right way and for the right reasons.

Cape Fear Museum of History and Science is a department of New Hanover County located at 814 Market Street. The Museum is open Tuesday -Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. General admission is free to all museum members. For non-members, general admission is $8 for adults; $7 for seniors, students and military with valid ID; $5 for children 6-17; and free for children 5 and under. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. More information: www.capefearmuseum.com.

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