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Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Botanical Gardens & Arboreta, Environment

Mission:

To inspire and educate visitors with the beauty and importance of plants; to advance sustainability and worldwide biodiversity through action and research; and to celebrate its historic glasshouse.

Geographic areas served: Western Pennsylvania

Programs: The Conservatory designed and executed the new FamilyPass program beginning in 2008, designed to help the region’s underserved schoolchildren and their families embrace Phipps’ enriching and unforgettable experience by placing the garden back at the center of family life. In this two-part initiative, Phipps promotes the offer of field trip admission and transportation subsidy to schools in low-income communities through classroom outreach initiatives. After their field trips, each attending child receives a FamilyPass certificate redeemable for a complimentary group admission for up to two adults and two children. This innovative new element doubles the value of the initiative by allowing children an opportunity to share their new expertise with those closest to them, treating their parents and siblings to the wonders of the garden through a second visit to Phipps.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a member of Phipps for many years, I am continually pleased & awed by how they reinvent themselves & the ways they serve the public. My family & friends enjoy the times we spend seeing new shows while I act as tour guide. But I am most proud of the environmental & scienticific experiences the Phipps & I have provided my grandaughters over the last 9 years. Thank you Phipps from the bottom of my heart!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a big fan of Phipps for their free weekend education. Most recently, I attended a public program on Peruvian Recipies, which was a lot of fun and gave me some good cooking tips to take home.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My family has been taking trips to Phipps at the holidays since I was a child. Today I have children of my own, and the warmth and blooming plants of Phipps are still the best way to beat the winter blues.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been visiting Phipps for over a year, and it is a fantastic place. I go back every week or two to replenish my spirit. For me it is a place full of life and joy and special memories. And, of course, beautiful plants. :-)