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History & Milestones of Manchester Parks Foundation

Manchester Parks Foundation, located in Manchester, Maryland was founded in 1995 to protect and preserve the natural resources of Pine Valley Park and its surrounding area. The Foundation's most precious initiative, Charlotte's Quest Nature Center, is named in honor of Charlotte Collett, a local environmentalist known for her dedication to conservation and education.

Initially established as a non-profit organization, Charlotte's Quest Nature Center focused on activities aimed at safeguarding water quality, conserving woodlands, wetlands and grasslands, and sustaining local wildlife habitats. The organization also aimed to provide opportunities for environmental education to the community. 

Over the years, Charlotte's Quest Nature Center (or CQ) has become a hub for environmental education and outdoor recreation in the Manchester area. CQ offers a wide range of programs and activities designed to engage visitors of all ages with the natural world. These programs include guided nature hikes, wildlife observation, educational workshops and community events.

One of the key milestones of CQ's evolution was constructing the nature center building on land initially purchased by the Town of Manchester's Water Department. This building serves as a hub for educational activities and community engagement.

The nature center's success can be attributed to the dedication and hard work of its Board members, staff and volunteers. The Board, comprised of individuals from local schools, the community, and the Town Council plays a crucial role in guiding the organization and ensuring it stays aligned with its mission and goals.

Furthermore, the nature center's engagement with the broader community has been instrumental in its growth and impact. By establishing strong partnerships with local agencies, organizations and contributors Charlotte's Quest Nature Center has been able to expand its reach and offer a diverse range of programs and resources.

Today, CQ is a testament to the power of community driven environmental initiatives. Through its educational programs, conservation efforts and community engagement, CQ continues to inspire and educate individuals about the importance of environmental stewardship and the beauty of the natural world. 


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