By Erin Neeb, Director of Development

The holiday season is my favorite time of year.  People are just more caring during this season.  Families enjoy each development blogother’s company around a decorated tree, friends relish a slice of pie at the dinner table, neighbors exchange ornate cookies, colleagues decorate the office with cheer, and even strangers wish each other happy holidays in passing.  It is typical this time of year to reflect on all that we have and when I do, I can’t help but notice the many gifts afforded to us by the natural world.  The desk at which I sit, clothes I am wearing, and snack at my side are all courtesy of plants.

So when you make your gift giving list this season, consider including Mother Nature as one of the recipients of your generosity.  We are reliant on her nurturing us and ‘tis the season to give back.  A donation to The Dawes Arboretum goes into spreading the love of trees, history, and nature in our community.  Open to the public free-of-charge and providing many education programs at no or low-cost, The Arboretum’s mission is to share our appreciation for everything our natural world provides.

In thinking about how I am going to give back and value nature in my life, I have made a list of New Year’s resolutions.  I hope you will pick a couple of items from this list and join me in a happy, healthy new year!

DSCN0289 (1) Erin’s New Year’s Resolutions

  • Take a walk through an unpaved area at least once a week.
  • Eat and appreciate more plants.
  • Plant a native Ohio tree.
  • Recycle every scrap of paper I use, even store receipts and fortune cookie notes.
  • Renew my membership to The Dawes Arboretum.


Making a donation to The Arboretum is easy and convenient—just visit the “Support” tab on The Arboretum website.  Gift memberships are perfect presents for the holidays!  Don’t forget that The Arboretum is a non-profit organization and donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law!