The Chesapeake Conservancy presented the Mt. Cuba Center with the philanthropic award at the third annual Champions of the Chesapeake awards in Annapolis, Maryland Oct. 4.

Mt. Cuba Center president Ann Copeland Rose accepted the award on the center's behalf.

Rose and Mt. Cuba Center have supported the Chesapeake Conservancy’s Nanticoke River Conservation Corridor initiative, the goal of which is to create an 8,500-acre corridor of protected lands that will ultimately sustain the region’s high level of biodiversity, according to a press release.

The initiative has become a premier example of large landscape conservation and collaboration on the east coast. The Chesapeake Conservancy has built a collaborative atmosphere amongst all land conservation organizations working in the Nanticoke to protect the unique flora and fauna of the Nanticoke River watershed for current and future generations.

The Conservancy's mission is to strengthen the connection between people and the watershed, conserve the landscapes and special places that sustain the Chesapeake's unique natural and cultural resources, and restore landscapes, rivers, and habitats in the Chesapeake Bay region, according to a release.

Mt. Cuba Center, a botanical garden in Hockessin, hosts a variety of habitats, from upland forests and meadows to lowland ponds, featuring the diverse and exquisite flora of the Appalachian Piedmont.

More than just a garden, Mt. Cuba Center’s mission is to achieve conservation through inspiration, to engage its visitors, students, and collaborators in a shared project to enhance the ecological value of landscapes large and small.

Working with partners in the conservation community, since 2005 Mt. Cuba Center has helped preserve over 15,000 acres of open space in the mid- Atlantic region.