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Trailside Museum receives $175K state grant

Posted by Sarah Favot  February 18, 2011 10:00 AM

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The Blue Hills Trailside Museum has been awarded a $175,000 grant by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.

The grant is part of the Partnerships Matching Funds Program that gives funds to improvement projects in state parks and other facilities. The program awarded 32 projects across the state a total of $1 million Wednesday.

The Trailside Museum says it will use its grant to provide environmental programs and materials for school groups, summer camp participants, and general park visitors at the Blue Hills Reservation.

“The Trailside Museum is an important recreational and educational site for the children in this area, “ said state Senator Brian Joyce, Democrat of Milton, in a press release announcing the award. “I’m thankful to Gov. Patrick and the Department of Conservation and Recreation for their continued support.”

The museum on Canton Avenue serves as an educational center for the Blue Hills Reservation, offering exhibits of wildlife that can be found on the 7,000-acre reservation. It also offers programs for visitors

The museum is owned by the Department of Conservation and Recreation and is run by the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

For the past two years, it has been hit by state budget cuts. It wasn’t allocated operating money from the state in fiscal 2010 or 2011. However, the museum received a $175,000 grant from DCR through the Partnerships program last year.

Museum director Norman Smith said that the museum operates through the help of volunteers, private money, program fees, and grants from the state.

Sarah Favot can be reached at sarah.yourtown@gmail.com.

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