Special Projects

Our Projects

Join us in supporting these special Skills projects.

Some of the programs established and supported through The Skills Foudation’s special project funding include horticultural therapy programs, art therapy programs, and sensory stimulation therapy environments.

If you would like your contribution to go to a specific project, you may designate that with your gift. Undesignated gifts go to areas and programs of the most need. Some established program areas and funds The Skills Foundation supports are highlighted below.

Special Projects

Program areas and funds we support.

Discovery Garden

Horticultural Therapy Program and the Discovery Garden

Horticultural therapy helps people learn new skills. Improved memory, initiation of tasks and attention to detail are recognized benefits. People caring for plants learn responsibility and experience hopeful and nurturing feelings. Within physical rehabilitation settings, horticulture therapy helps retrain muscles and improves coordination, balance and strength. In vocational settings, people learn to work independently, solve problems and follow directions.

This year-round horticultural program includes making bird houses, terrariums, stepping stones, bird baths, and other garden projects. In spring, people start seeds in the greenhouse and prepare the beds for planting. Summers are spent at the Discovery Garden or in their own vegetable gardens. At harvest time, people learn how to cook and preserve what they have grown including homemade salsas, eggplant parmesan, grilled zucchini, and other succulent dishes.

Visit the Discovery Garden page for more information about this Hollidaysburg Borough Park.

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