DuPont $3 Million Contribution to Advance Learning at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

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Gift to Provide Visitors Hands-On Experiences in the Science of Plants and Water

Through its emphasis on conservation and science education, the Botanical Garden will increase awareness of the environmental and productivity challenges we face to feed a growing population.

DuPont announced today a $3 million contribution to the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden for expanded learning opportunities on science, plants and water.

The contribution, paid over three years, will help bring educational seminars and world-renowned speakers focused on the importance of clean water and the science of agriculture to the Botanical Garden, located along the Des Moines river near downtown Des Moines.

“Through its emphasis on conservation and science education, the Botanical Garden will increase awareness of the environmental and productivity challenges we face to feed a growing population,” said DuPont Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman. “The Botanical Garden’s strategy for targeting youth in the community through hands-on educational opportunities will help guide the next generation of Iowa scientists.”

The Botanical Garden is expected to attract 140,000 annual visitors downtown with diverse display gardens, science and conservation programming and hands-on learning opportunities.

“We’re thrilled to have DuPont as the lead contributor in this campaign to renovate the Botanical Garden,” said Tom Urban, Greater Des Moines Botanical Center board member and capital campaign chair. “Their contribution will help us achieve our vision of bringing people, plants and water together while making the most of downtown green space.”

DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred is headquartered in Des Moines.

DuPont (http://www.dupont.com) is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 90 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.

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