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Grants Awarded in 2000


Kirkwood Community College - $5,000
Dr. Keith Hench
6301 Kirkwood Blvd.
S.W. Cedar Rapids, IA 52406

Enhancing Undergraduate Environmental Science Studies through Student Exploration

This project will educate minority, rural and international students in environmental science. Students will have access to equipment and hands-on laboratory protocols that will result in an active learning experience to foster student success, retention and improvement in writing skills through student laboratory journals and reports.

Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center - $4,480
Jonna Higgins-Freese
120 E. Boyson Road
Hiawatha, IA 52233

Yard Stewardship for Kids Project

This project is designed to teach children how to decrease or cease the use of lawn pesticides. This project will enlighten community leaders about pesticides and encourage the use of integrated pest management and other ecological alternatives for pest control.


Bluemont Elementary U.S.D. 383 - $5,000
Melissa Hancock
714 Bluemont Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66502

Science For All: Teaching Ecosystems by Creating an Outdoor Environmental Lab

This project will educate teachers on new methods of teaching science to students. This will be accomplished by developing after school environmental clubs. A partnership with Kansas State University will provide scientists to assist teachers with environmental curriculum for students.

Emporia State University - $5,000
John R. Schrock
Emporia State University
Emporia, KS 66801

Kansas School Naturalist: Sericea Lespedeza

This project involves dedicating an issue of The Kansas School Naturalist on sericea lespedeza,(sericea lespedeza is a recently introduced exotic plant) that is causing serious problems in prairie grasslands. This publication will aid in providing excellent identification illustrations and accurate life history and control information on the plant that is not available in current school text.

Kansas City Kansas Community College - $5,030
Dolores Daniels
7250 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66112

Urban Environmental Outreach Program

The Urban Environmental Outreach Program will equip urban, rural and inner city students, teachers and community members with an opportunity to have hands-on experiences focusing on the environment through the Urban Environmental Outreach Program at the Campus Child Care Center.


Boys & Girls Clubs of Eastern Jackson County -$5,719
Jeff Bass
315 South Leslie
Independence, MO 64050

The Ultimate Journey

The Ultimate Journey helps young people better understand the natural world through the use of fun and engaging projects. The project will increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and will provide the participants with the skills to make informed decisions and take responsible actions. .

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City - $25,000
Mary Brown
6301 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64131

Thornberry Gardens Project

The Thornberry Gardens Project will involve 220 high-risk children. This project will use the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Ultimate Journey environmental curriculum. The grant will be used to develop and implement a business and long-term gardening project plan for the Thornberry Gardens Project. This project will provide the participants with an entrepreneurial education and develop other skills as well.

Cooperating School Districts - $24,712
Glenda Abney
7525 Sussex Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63143

Effective and Energetic In-Services

This project will finance three in-service opportunities on the topics of energy, sustainability and waste reduction. Distance learning technologies will be used via video-conferencing with the teachers to evaluate the effectiveness of the activities and to explore further connections to state standards and student assessment achievement testing.

Missouri Botanical Garden - $5,000
Celeste Prussia
P.O. Box 299
St. Louis, MO 63166-0299

Educating for Sustainability: Moving Beyond Earth Day

This project will improve and enhance the environmental education teaching skills of participating teachers, non-formal educators, and community leaders. This project will develop and improve the teaching skills of teachers and non-formal educators about environmental education sustainability.

Scenic Rivers Stream Team Association - $4,593
Carol Childress
PO Box 1262
Mountain View, Howell, MO 65548

Living on Karst

The Scenic Rivers Stream Team Association will work in partnership with Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri Department of Natural Resources and National Resource Conservation Service to develop and distribute a set of mobile curriculum units (trunks) that contain resources, hands-on activities, and support materials.

The Surplus Exchange - $18,396
Leann K. Ritter
11107 Hickory
Kansas City, MO 64101

Environmental Education: Learn and Earn Computer Education Program

Nine teachers will be trained on the use of environmental software such as lead in the environment and household waste management and be made aware of environmental careers. These trained educators will then train 90 additional teachers who will have the ability to take the software into their own classrooms.


Inner City Coalition on the Environment - $4,935
Barbi Hayes
PO Box 3822
Douglas County, NE 68103

City to Prairie: An Outdoor Classroom for Inner-City Youth

This outdoor classroom experience will introduce students/youth to the fundamentals of managing terrestrial and aquatic systems. This project will focus on hands-on activities for inner city youth. It will provide them with an opportunity to experience diverse environments not found in a typical urban setting.

Nebraska Game & Parks Commission - $6,675
Carl Wolfe
2200 North 33rd Street
Lincoln, NE 68503

Linking Project Wild Activities with Nebraska's New Education Content Standards

In 2000-2001, Nebraska Project Wild will conduct a workshop to correlate Project Wild activities with the Nebraska State Math and Language Arts Standards. The resulting product, a correlation guide, will be disseminated through workshops and through a searchable data base on the agency's website.

Nebraska Groundwater Foundation - $7,250
Susan S. Seacrest
PO Box 22558
Lincoln, NE 68542-2558

Awesome Aquifer Club

The Groundwater Foundation will educate fourth and fifth grade teachers and students throughout Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri about the human health impacts of groundwater contamination.


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