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Bath library gets $100K grant for outdoor learning space

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The Dormann Library in Bath, New York, has received a generous grant of $100,000 from the Corning Incorporated Foundation. This funding is earmarked for the creation of a new outdoor learning space, a project that aims to enhance educational opportunities for the community.

The grant will facilitate the development of a 1.6-acre outdoor educational area at the library. This space is designed to be a secure, accessible, and child-focused environment that encourages interaction with nature. It is intended to be an inclusive area, welcoming all community members to engage with and learn from the natural world.


LeighAnn Rumsey, the Director of Dormann Library, expressed gratitude and excitement over the grant from the Corning Foundation. She emphasized the library’s enthusiasm for presenting this educational resource to the community.

The concept of the outdoor learning space was envisioned and designed by Kathleen Caudill, the Early Literacy Coordinator at Dormann Library. Her innovative idea aligns with the library’s commitment to fostering a love for nature and outdoor learning among children.

The project is expected to receive certification from Nature Explore, a nonprofit organization dedicated to integrating nature into children’s educational experiences. This endorsement underscores the project’s commitment to creating an environment that nurtures children’s development through natural exploration and learning.