Thunder Bay conservatory group aims to make new friends
A group that wants to increase the number of people visiting the Thunder Bay conservatory is seeking new members.
The Friends of the Conservatory group came together when the conservatory was closed for glass repairs and it looked like it wasn't going to be re-opened.
Currently the main part of the conservatory is open, but the two end sections remain closed.
"It's a great place, an oasis to get away from the cold. It's a wonderful place for respite,” she said.
She said the group is always looking for new members, and needs volunteers.
So far, volunteers have formalized the group, planned out their objectives, passed a constitution and, in the new year, will apply for non-profit status.
“And what that will allow us to do will be to access certain grants for different projects we could possibly be doing in the future,” Ott said.
Ott says they would love to see more events held there, and more promotion and use of the conservatory. Developing the conservatory for educational purposes would be ideal, she added.
The group is also concentrating on projects to celebrate the conservatory's 50th anniversary. They'd like to see the construction of a children's playground.
"Our mission statement is to promote and educate the community in the stewardship of the natural environment and to get people to appreciate the conservatory's collections,” she said.
For more information, visit the group’s Facebook page.