Monica Star Jerrells, Chairwoman of Golden Leaf Award for Godfrey Women’s Club, presents the Golden Leaf Award to representatives from The Nature Institute; President Sue Weber, Interim Director Angie Moan and Outreach Coordinator Amy Curry.
GODFREY — The Golden Leaf Award is presented every year to an individual or organization in the community who distinguishes themselves by contributing to the beautification of Godfrey and the enrichment of the community.
Since its founding in 1980, The Nature Institute board and staff have worked to foster an awareness and appreciation of the natural world through preservation, restoration and education. Each summer, The Nature Institute hosts a premier camp for children pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. They welcome more than 8,000 students on field trips throughout the year. The Nature Institute also owns and manages about 450 acres of protected land, such as the Olin Nature Preserve, the Mississippi Sanctuary, the Kemp and Cora Hutchinson Bird Sanctuary and the Heartland Prairie Project at Gordon Moore Park. These natural areas provide unique places for the public to experience the diversity of the River Bend area with its hardwood forests, prairies and wetlands.
Monica Star Jerrells, chairwoman of Golden Leaf Award for Godfrey Women’s Club, said Godfrey Women’s Club is proud to honor The Nature Institute with its prestigious Golden Leaf Award. A memorial tree, honoring them, will be planted at Glazebrook Park on Arbor Day, April 26. The Nature Institute will also be added to the Golden Leaf Award Plaque displayed at the Godfrey Village Hall.
The award was presented to The Nature Institute at the Godfrey Women's Club April 14 luncheon at The Bluff City Grill.