Siempre Verde, Lovett’s 825-acre cloudforest property in Ecuador, celebrated its 25th anniversary at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens on November 11. One hundred-twenty guests enjoyed the anniversary celebration, which brought together long-time friends who shared stories and memories of a place far away, but close to their hearts.
Speakers included Charlie Wilgus, a former station manager, who spoke about how he learned to appreciate "spontaneous beauty" while living in Ecuador and working at Siempre Verde; Lovett senior Mimi Norton spoke about her experience as a current Atlanta Botanical Garden intern, her time at Siempre Verde barcoding plants and plant tissue, and how she now wants to explore botany, conservation, and preservation in college; and Alex Reynolds, Executive Director of Siempre Verde, shared an update on Siempre Verde and explained how he hoped to build a new building to accommodate more students, researchers, and visitors in the future. Siempre Verde hopes to raise $300,000 for the dorm and complete a $2 million endowment campaign to ensure Siempre Verde for generations to come. The event also marked the premiere of a student-filmed and produced documentary called Negocios y Canastas. The film promotes awareness of artisan groups and their grass-roots opposition to open-pit copper mining in the Intag region.
Siempre Verde’s dual mission of conservation and education is stronger than ever. More than 1,000 Lovett students, faculty, and family have visited the reserve. Lovett students have opportunities to visit as rising 6th graders, rising 8th graders, and rising 10th-12th graders. These offerings include parent trips, summer school trips for academic credit, and the fall break 10th grade trip.
The 2017 Director's Report is now available here and
applications for next summer's trip are now available here.