NIAGARA FALLS — When it came time to giving back to an organization in the community, Heartland Forest seemed like a good fit for Meridian Credit Union's Niagara Falls branches.
"We have a program called Good Neighbours," said Scott Glover, branch manager for the credit union's Kalar Road location. "A local committee decides where to invest.
On Thursday, Glover and Christine Innocenzo, manager of Meridian's Dunn Street branch, were at Heartland Forest with a cheque for $500, to help with Heartland's upcoming FrogFest event.
"We thing what they're trying to do in Niagara is unique," Glover said, referring to Heartland's emphasis on accessibility. "It's important everybody has a chance to enjoy what Niagara has to offer."
Amy Brunning, Heartland's program manager said the funds were most welcome and will be used to cover the cost of 3-D fish for a learn to fish station.
"It will be physical and show marksmanship," Brunning said. "The idea will be to challenge one's self."
This year's Frog Fest takes place Saturday, May 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
"It's to raise environmental awareness and help create stewardship," Brunning said. "It will help put the focus on engagement and we want to promote it."
FrogFest will provide opportunity to learn about different species of frogs and toad found in the area as well as other animals and birds.
Other activities will include learning stations, hands-on activities, games and displays as well as raffle prizes, face painting and more.
Heartland Forest is located at 8251 Heartland Forest Rd., formerly Kalar Road.