Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

KEY WEST BOTANICAL GARDEN SOCIETY INC

aka Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

Key West, FL

Mission

To preserve, develop, and expand the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden as an arboretum, botanical garden, museum, wildlife refuge, habitat and educational center for threatened, endangered and endemic species of flora and fauna, both resident and migratory, of the Florida Keys, Cuba and the Caribbean Basin; and it shall serve as a center for the study of and research into such flora and fauna so as to encourage the conservation and promote the benefits of native plants and wildlife.

Ruling Year

1989

Executive Director

Mr. Misha D. McRAE

General Manager

Mrs. Karen Frank-Noll

Main Address

5210 College Rd

Key West, FL 33040 USA

Keywords

Botanical, Garden, Key West, Arboretum, Refuge

EIN

65-0084855

 Number

7277837869

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Botanical Gardens, Arboreta and Botanical Organizations (C41)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Addressing and educating the public on the need to protect, preserve and conserve native habitat in the lower keys is the main problem our organization is working to address. With knowledge there is power, and the protection of our environment is paramount to our health, wellness and future generation.

Our programs

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Preservation

Public Awareness

Youth Education

Conservation

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

To preserve, develop, and expand the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden as an arboretum, botanical garden, museum, wildlife refuge, habitat and educational center for threatened, endangered and endemic species of flora and fauna, both resident and migratory, of the Florida Keys, Cuba and the Caribbean Basin; and it shall serve as a center for the study of and research into such flora and fauna so as to encourage the conservation and promote the benefits of native plants and wildlife.

Starting at the earliest age then forward to continued education, provide the knowledge concerning the plight of our environment and the pressure placed on natural habit preservation and make it a priority. By addressing and educating the issues, we garner a vested interest in not only the future of the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden, but for native habitat world wide. Once one is vested, they are more inclined to do something about it: actively, politically and consciously.

The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden applies for and has received grants in support of our 2 educators that reach over 2000 Keys area school children through public, private, charter and home school programs. Starting with 'Toddler Storytime' on Tuesdays, to school children classes in our 'Living Lab' science and environmental studies, we expand upon it with our Garden Guardian (adult) and Garden Companion (children) Programs to learn about the flora and fauna of the area and how to care for it, then onto our children summer programs to the 'Speaker Series', a once a month December - June presentation from keynote speakers both in and out of our county on current environmental topics that include gardening, birding, butterfly conservation, horticulture, sea level rise and more. Our Docent Program provides an intense 6-week workshop every other year to train interested individuals on the flora and fauna of our collection who then share their knowledge with our Guardians.

The growth of our membership, the popularity of community sponsored events (GardenFest Key West, Migration Mania, Key West Art in the Garden, A Screaming Green Halloween), the Speaker Series plus head count of students in the Garden continue to grow. Post presentation questionnaires are collected, reported and discussed. In addition, the receipt of private funding through donations and sponsorships are a clear indication of what is supported and needed.

Added a free, 1 once a week Toddler Storytime as a community outreach opportunity to our education program. Turned our focus on 3rd - 5th grade STEM based curriculum in the sciences and environment and added a summer children's program for at risk youth. Garnered and maintain a strong partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of the lower Keys and the Monroe County Library in Key West. Provide 6 Speaker Series presentations annually Published a 2nd edition 80th Anniversary Garden Guide of the Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden's collection on display. Sustained damage and facilitated recovery from Hurricane IRMA. Trained and expanded our Docent Program from 6 to 9 trained Docents for education, garden maintenance and private tours. Protected and maintained 3 areas of critical concern for 82 years celebrated in 2018.

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Financials

KEY WEST BOTANICAL GARDEN SOCIETY INC

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Operations

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No