Generations Park and Garden, Inc. 501c(3) is being developed to create joyous experiences for people of every generation, interacting with art, sculpture, nature and playful exhibitions that bring people together in a world of wonder and possibility.
Generations Park and Garden has been designed to promote positive connections between people and the world around them by generating opportunities for wonder, delight and meaningful engagement for all.
To generate joyous experiences with nature, art and playful exhibitions, bringing people together in a world of wonder and possibility.
The four Guiding Principles of Generations Park and Garden, Inc (GPG) direct all outreach projects, strategies, goals and objectives.
The promotion and accessibility of art for all
GPG believes in the promotion and accessibility of art for all. GPG increases awareness and participation in the arts for the surrounding community as well as the promotion of established and emerging artists.
A multitude of benefits come with outdoor recreation
GPG believes in the multitude of benefits that come with outdoor activities. GPG will provide a safe space for engaging in outdoor play, leisure, mindfulness and meditation, all of which produce valuable therapeutic effects and promote overall health and well-being.
All individuals should have positively engaging experiences that celebrate who we are and our connections to each other.
GPG believes that all individuals should access and reap the benefits of joyous, memorable and positively engaging experiences. GPG partners with private donors, corporate sponsors, philanthropic organizations, government agencies and other non-profit organizations to provide subsidized admissions to those facing vulnerabilities or hardship, with a particular focus on veterans, children in foster care, and the terminally ill.
Respecting and appreciating the natural world around us
GPG believes in respecting and appreciating the natural world around us and protecting the environment for future generations to enjoy.
Life is huge.
Live in the awe.
DID YOU KNOW?
The arts have a long history of bringing people together across boundaries and of having a positive impact on individuals, communities and inter-community connections. Art can be a resource in building stronger connections through shared experiences. Scientific evidence proves art enhances brain function, the nervous system, and can actually raise serotonin levels. Arts engagement widens and strengthens social bonds, which also improves health. Art can change the way we experience the world.
OUTDOOR PLAY, ACTIVITY & LEISURE
Outdoor recreational activity and leisure can provide the means for staying physically active, socially engaged and mentally stimulated. Studies show that social settings of outdoor spaces, especially community parks, are associated with positive experiences, can increase pride in the community, and offer the chance to meet people with similar interests. Those who participate in outdoor activities are notably happier, have increased confidence, improved creativity and better self-esteem. The evidence strongly suggests that participation in outdoor activities, particularly as a child, leads people to have more satisfying and fulfilling lives. By participating in activities together, family members elicit feelings of loyalty, trust, harmony, teamwork and goodwill.
GPG will further support the well-being of those facing challenges by providing subsidized admissions to vulnerable populations and those facing hardship (including veterans, children in foster care and the terminally ill) through respective service providers working with these populations. Surrounding organizations and agencies that service these populations have and will continue to be identified.
PERSERVING THE EARTH
Gardens increase environmental awareness because they give people the opportunity to experience nature. This is particularly important in New Jersey, the most densely populated state, where researchers estimate that 70% of its native species are lost due to development. There are over 800 endangered plants and species of special concern n NJ. By creating native plant gardens and utilizing upcycled materials, Generations Park and Garden will foster knowledge of native wildlife habitats and become part of greater collective effort to nurture and sustain the living landscape.
Make Your Mark
Make a Donation
Want to join our efforts but not sure where to start? Make a Donation and take advantage of this incredible opportunity to lend your support. All donations will be memorialized within the park and garden as a thank you for believing in our vision and for future generations to see.
Partner with Us
We are soliciting local builders, landscapers, and masonry suppliers (and similar companies) for donations of their excess materials that will be up-cycled into the development of the park. GPG greatly appreciates the generosity and involvement of the area business community.
Please contact us to inquire; you'll be surprised at the type of donate-able items we are looking for!
Volunteer Your Time
This is one of the simplest ways to help support our cause. We believe the best way for our initiatives to be successful is for the community to actively get involved. We are looking for part-time volunteers from every generation for the following departments: Art, Garden, and Event. Please contact us for further details.
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WHAT WILL YOU GENERATE TODAY?
Connections * Relaxation * Amusement * Inspiration *
Awe * Giggles * Hugs * Kindness * Understanding
Laughter * Moments * Memories * Happiness *
Movement * Joy * Fun * Comradery * Appreciation * Friendship *
Engagement * Kinship * Trust * Love * Wonder * Peace * Stillness *
Mindfulness * Delight * Experience
Board of Directors
Jaime Wild Lang, MSW, MPA
Founder, President and Executive Director
Jaime Wild Lang brings more than twenty years of professional experience developing, implementing and overseeing community programs and organizations. She has formally provided programmatic and executive leadership to statewide programs, including the Abbott Family Outreach Programs, New Jersey Family Success Center and the New Jersey Child Welfare Training Partnership. As a skilled grant writer, she has secured funding to significantly expand and enhance the programs and organizations that she managed. Her love of the arts has often been integrated into many of her programs over the years and was the cornerstone of her GPG’s founding. She studied at the Mason Gross School of Arts; received a Master’s degree in Social Work Macro Practice from Boston University School of Social Work; A Certificate in Human Service Management from Boston University School of Management; and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Walden University.
Christina Barile, MSE, PE
Christina Barile is a Professional Engineer (NJ licensed) and a Leader in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional. Formerly a Senior Engineer with the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, Christina’s expertise includes stormwater management and hydrologic analysis. She is a skilled technical developer and reviewer of land development and zoning projects and specializes in implementing sustainable and environmentally conscious design strategies. She received her Master's of Science in Engineering (MSE) Environmental Engineering and Water Resources from Princeton University and her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the College of New Jersey
Forrest S. Chilton, IV
Forrest grew up in New Jersey, where the Chilton Memorial Hospital, Pompton Plains, a dream of his grandfather Dr. Forrest Chilton, Jr and wife Elizabeth, is in memory of his father, Forrest S. Chilton III, and other brave souls who lost their lives in World War II. Forrest attended St. Benedict’s Prep Newark NJ and Bucknell University Lewisburg PA. He earned a commission in the US Army and devoted his military career to troop leadership, serving 10 times as a Commanding Officer, with central selection for Battalion Command and later for Brigade Command. He attained the rank of Colonel, with service in Military Police, Special Forces, Information/Systems Management, and Foreign Affairs. He culminated his overseas service as the senior US and UN official to meet regularly with the North Korean Army -- during a time of extreme tension in the mid-1990s. In the business sector, Forrest held senior positions as a Strategic Planner, Information Technology (IT) Management Specialist, Master Systems Analyst, and Program Manager. Almost 60 years since first putting on the uniform as a Soldier, Forrest now works to inspire patriotism, live positively, give counsel, relax, read, walk, and care for his grandchildren & family.
Gioia Chilton, PhD, ATR-BC, LCPAT, CSAC
Gioia Chilton is a licensed, registered and board certified art therapist and arts-based researcher, as well as a nationally recognized author, lecturer and artist. She has worked with children, adolescents and adults and is a renowned authority on the most current theory and research on positive psychology and art therapy. Gioia was a Provost Fellow at Drexel University's Creative Arts Therapies Ph.D. Program, where she completed award-wining research on using art to express positive emotions. She received a Master of Arts in Art Therapy from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in in Psychology/Sculpture at Bennington College.
Joanna Salicki, MA
Joanna Salicki is a museum professional with more than ten years of professional experience in registration, exhibition installation and de-installation. She is a skilled manager of all logistical aspects and practical matters pertaining to exhibition organization, including liaising with museum representatives, curators, exhibition designers, case fabricators, painters, art handlers, couriers and mount makers. She has worked at the Matthew Marks Gallery, The American Museum of Natural History, Villa La Pietra (Florence, Italy), and is presently museum registrar at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University. Joanna received her Bachelor's of Art from Bloomsburg University and her Master’s degree in Museum Studies from New York University.
Banu Sonmez, BA
Banu Sonmez is a results-driven business leader with extensive and broad experience in marketing and partnership development with global companies including Ferrero, USA and Reckitt Benckiser, LLC. She has an acuity to develop and grow brand awareness and excels in limited resource environments. Banu is a skilled strategic planner and is highly skilled and engaged in optimizing financial performance for both corporate and non-profit interests. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Northeastern University.
Allison Stager, BA, MEd
Allison Stager is an innovative and forward thinking leader in all aspects of school administration and operations. She has specialized in culturally and economically diverse populations and at-risk students. Allison has ten years of elementary school teaching experience, as well as serving as principal for both the Robert L. Craig School in in Moonachie, and the Torey J. Sabatini Elementary School in Madison, where she presently serves. Allison received her Master's in Curriculum and Instruction from Caldwell College and her Bachelor’s in Art from Providence College.
Danielle Koldyk, BA
An advocate for partnerships with educational institutions and programs designed to break down barriers to education, Danielle Koldyk has more than twenty years of teaching experience at the Lincoln Park Middle School. She has been recognized at the state level for developing and implementing hands-on experiences for students and is a skilled administrative liaison, often managing finances for district-wide programs. Danielle received her Bachelor's of Arts degree in Education from Ramapo College of New Jersey.
Ashley Stahl, BA
Former Operations Representative for Mcutchinson Horticulural Distributors, Ashley brings a wealth of knowledge of plants and related horticultural products in North America. She was acknowledged by the industry for her bee pollination advocacy and is skilled in staff trainings, technical writing, and social media marketing. She received her Bachelor's of Arts from State University of New York at Albany.
Please consider making a donation to GPG. Our programs support veterans, children in foster care, and the terminally-ill, all of whom will never pay an admission fee to experience our grounds.
We rely on the kindness and generosity of others to keep our programs running. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated and are tax-deductible!
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