Edgewood Orchard Galleries in Fish Creek is playing a key role in efforts to raise funds for expansion of the White Cedar Nature Center at Peninsula State Park. Owners Nell and J.R. Jarosh got involved last summer when they held a benefit for the project. A percentage of the proceeds from art sold at the gallery was donated to the Friends of Peninsula State Park, resulting in a gift of $6,000 to help start the Nature Center campaign.
“Nell and I have always loved spending time in the park,” said J.R. “Our twin daughters have had numerous great experiences through programs at Gibraltar School and summer programs at the park and the Nature Center, so we were happy to help. We have seen firsthand the importance of the Nature Center, and we encourage other individuals and businesses to join us in supporting the campaign.”
The goal for the campaign is $450,000. Funds raised will enable the construction of an addition with a new activity/meeting room for up to 50 people, indoor accessible restrooms, and functional storage and program preparation space. Construction of the new addition is expected to start this fall, with completion targeted for summer 2019.
The Jaroshes plan to continue their involvement by sharing information about the project at their gallery. The gallery is open 10 am to 5 pm daily through October. More information is available at edgewoodorchard.com.