Denver Botanic Gardens
The mission of Denver Botanic Gardens is to connect people with plants, especially from the Rocky Mountain region and similar regions around the world, providing delight and enlightenment to everyone. The Denver Botanic Gardens’ four core values – transformation, relevance, diversity, and sustainability – spell out their intentions in the years ahead. These core values are cohesive and serve as a map to chart their course. With the support of their partners, Denver Botanic Gardens will forever flourish.
The Jonathan Merage Foundation formed a partnership with Denver Botanic Gardens to support their efforts in actively engaging its constituents, both young and old, in educational programming. The Gardens offer adult programs, children and family programs, programming for schools and teachers, gardening resources and navigator, and the School of Botanical Art and Illustration. They encourage youth to grow in their science skills, plant knowledge, and appreciation for the natural world. They also engage adults in hands-on workshops, certificate courses, public lectures, professional development, seminars, and learning for individual enrichment.
University of Colorado
The Jonathan Merage Foundation has a standing history of partnering with the University of Colorado Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science, where it provided seed funding in 2010 to the college’s Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles (RECUV) as part of the VORTEX2 project, allowing RECUV to develop a mobile ground station for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The VORTEX2 field campaign was the largest experiment ever deployed to study tornadoes. Then, in 2014, the foundation committed an additional investment to fund the procurement of a tracker vehicle and a new lightning detection instrument to be integrated into a small, unmanned aircraft. This system is being designed to measure electric field changes associated with lightning strikes.
University of Hawaii School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology
The Jonathan Merage Foundation recently partnered with the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa (SOEST). This university is a world-class research and academic institution focused on informing solutions to some of the world’s most vexing problems. Through an integrated, comprehensive, and sustained system of Earth and planetary observations, research, and education, SOEST staff work to transform the way people live on Earth by enabling a healthy public, economy, and planet.
The School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology is dedicated to serving society through the acquisition and dissemination of new knowledge about the ocean, Earth, and planets, and to enhancing the quality of life in the state of Hawaii and in the nation by providing world-class education, contributing to a high-tech economy, and promoting sustainable use of the environment. SOEST’s aim is to transform the way people live and thrive on Earth.
Hawaii Nature Center
Hawaii Nature Center is a nonprofit in Hawaii with a 35-year history of connecting children and families to nature. Their mission is to foster awareness, appreciation, and understanding of Hawaii’s environment and to encourage wise stewardship of the Hawaiian Islands by educating children and families with an interactive and immersive approach. One of the main ways the Hawaii Nature Center educates local children about being good environmental stewards is to model this themselves within their agency and use these opportunities as teachable moments with the children who come to visit the center. The Jonathan Merage Foundation partnered with Hawaii Nature Center to help in their efforts to educate their constituents on alternative forms of sustainable energy.
The center delivers award-winning programs to more than 20,000 school children from both public and private institutions each year, helping to encourage environmental stewardship through hands-on investigative field experiences. Located on the islands of Oahu and Maui, The Hawaii Nature Center’s programs are primarily conducted in the outdoors, exposing children to a range of ecosystems including forest, wetland, and coastal environments. More than 850,000 children and adults have participated in their programs since their inception in 1981. They offer school and community programming as well as a nature adventure program, which are week-long day camps that occur during school breaks.