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Anne Springs Close Greenway Takes Nature into Local Classrooms

FORT MILL, S.C., April 6, 2017—Last December, the Anne Springs Close Greenway was awarded $46,300 to bring hands-on environmental outreach education to all second grade students throughout the Lancaster School District and across York County. The grant was made possible by the Duke Energy Foundation, and the Greenway was one of 13 environmental nonprofit organizations to benefit from more than $350,000 in 2016 environmental grants. The grant program aims to fund environmental projects, wildlife conservation efforts and environmental educational programs across the Duke Energy service territory in South Carolina.

“We are dedicated to protecting the natural beauty of South Carolina and being good stewards of the environment,” said Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe, Duke Energy’s South Carolina president. “By supporting the organizations that do this work each and every day, we can help protect and restore wildlife and natural resources, and support quality environmental education programs in our state.”

The grant money awarded to the Anne Springs Close Greenway has allowed the nonprofit nature preserve’s education team to take the wonder and excitement of learning outdoors and bring it into the classroom. In just three months, the Greenway has visited 13 schools in Lancaster, reaching 51 classes and a total of 1,173 kids. Scenes such as the one at Brooklyn Springs Elementary in Lancaster on Tuesday, March 21 are a common sight—excited shrieks as the details of ‘Miller,’ the box turtle’s, worm-rich diet came to light; all eyes held in rapture as ‘Cornelius,’ the corn snake, was brought out of his tank; gasps of wonder as Greenway educators dramatically unravel a snake skin found on the trails. The program will reach a total of 37 schools across Lancaster, Fort Mill and Rock Hill School Districts and nearly 4,000 students total.

“For many residents in Lancaster, the Anne Springs Close Greenway can seem far away. The Duke Energy Foundation grant has given children across the county a chance to experience the Greenway without ever leaving the classroom, educating about conservation and the joys that can be found outside in nature,” said Dr. Michelle Evans, Director of Education for the Anne Springs Close Greenway. 

Annually, the Duke Energy Foundation funds nearly $2 million in charitable grants in South Carolina. These grants are distributed across each of its priority areas, including environment, community impact, K-12 education and workforce development. The foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs of the communities where its customers live and work. For more information, visit