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Grants Awarded in 2001


Conservation Districts of Iowa - $4,285
Cindy Blobaum
3829 71st Street, Suite F
Urbandale, IA 50322

Bridging the Gap

High school students will attend a 1 week residential environmental summer camp. This experience will give the participants experience and exposure working with professionals. Students will develop lifelong skills and contacts.

Fort Dodge Community Schools - $4,882
Rod Huisman
104 South 17th Street
Fort Dodge, IA 50501

Brushy Creek Field Lab & Research Project

The project will bring educators to a natural setting to train them in conducting field research with their students. Teachers will learn new strategies and skills to implement and practice in teaching students outside the classroom.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources - $5,000
Wendy Walker
Des Moines, IA 50319

Air Quality Educational Broadcasts

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will expand its current educational television broadcast in central Iowa to a television station in eastern Iowa. The goal of this project is to raise public awareness of air quality issues in eastern Iowa through broadcast media.

Keokuk County Extension - $5,000
Gary Bickmeier
102 East Washington
Sigourney, IA 52591

Environmental Education Camps

This project will provide summer activities for 150 school age children. These children will range in ages 7-13. This summer camp program twill teach the importance of environmental stewardship through hands on activities. Students will participate in a three hour program conducted by the Keokuk County Conservation Board and the Camp Director.

Kirkwood Community College - $5,000
Mike Martin
6301 Kirkwood Boulevard
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-2068

Trees for Learning

Students will prepare a container nursery with 90 placarded trees of different varieties to be used by students and community members. Community groups and area schools will come to Kirkwood for one-hour field trips to practice tree recognition and learn horticultural solutions to environmental challenges using the container nursery.

Polk County Agricultural Extension District - $24,990
Barbara Hug
5201 NE 14th Street, Suite A
Des Moines, IA 50313

Water Friendly Landscapes

This project has two parts: (1) will educate homeowners and renters on landscaping practices that conserve and protects soil and water; (2) educate youth and homeowners on non point pollution to area waterways and how to protect and conserve water supplies.


Kansas State University - $24,225
Dan Kahl
2 Fairchild Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-1103

Water Quality Workshops

This project will educate 100 adults on local water quality in two Kansas watershed regions: Northeast and North Central Kansas, and Southeast and South Central Kansas. In each region, a workshop will be held wherein participants will explore local water resources and become more knowledgeable about the water quality of their watersheds.

Kansas Wildlife Federation - $8,765
Kelly Hiesberger
PO Box 242, Route 1
Sylvan Grove, KS 67481

Kansas Wildlife Federation - Outdoor Adventure Camp

This project will involve 50 children ranging in age from 10-12 years. They will attend a one week environmental education camp. This camp focuses on teaching children about local natural resources by exploring and experiencing natural resources through workshops and activities that promote hands-on learning.

Wichita Public Schools - $4,850
Terry Behrendt
201 N. Water
Wichita, KS 672202-1292

Environmental Studies

This project involves 3,000 4th -12th grade students who will be taught environmental science by using microscopes and binoculars during a field trip at Great Plains Nature Center (GPNC). Students will receive instruction from GPNC naturalists on the use of instruments to observe wildlife. Participants will observe, gather data and gather specimens for more detailed examination.


Chillicothe Middle School - $5,000
Nancy Elliott
1529 Calhoun
Chillicothe, MO 64601

Environmental Careers Project

The Environmental Careers Project will introduce sixty-five 8th grade students to environmental careers. Students will become involved in hands-on investigative problem solving in the classroom, in after school workshops and during a two week summer institute. Students will also be actively involved in field experiences practicing skills necessary for such professions and working with professionals, in addition to job shadowing.

Friends of Lakeside Nature Center - $1,500
Larry O'Donnell
4701 East Gregory
Kansas City, MO 64132

Water Quality Testing - Blue River Watershed

This project will introduce 30 high school students to the Blue River watershed. Students will receive classroom instruction on watershed dynamics. Through hands-on biological and chemical water quality testing at four sites four times during the school year, students will gather data, interpret data, determine if there is a water quality issue, and if so, propose possible solutions to the problem.

Greene County R-8 School District - $2,003
Andrew Kinslow
8225 East Farm Road 174
Rogersville, MO 65742

Citizen Science: Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS)

Ten 9-12 grade students will participate in field research involving bird populations. This bird research program is known as the MAPS project. The information collected will be used to assess bird populations and health of the environment.

Kansas City Harmony, Inc. - $4,070
Vicki Richmond
2700 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64127

Ecological Diversity Project

Community leaders and corporate partners, formal and non formal educators will be recruited and trained to educate students, community and corporate groups on the Blue River Glade property. The Blue River Glade is located in the urban core of Kansas City.

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

Sustainability 2001: A community education conference

The community education conference, "Sustainability 2001," will improve and enhance the environmental education teaching skills of participating teachers, non-formal educators, and community leaders.

Public Television 19, Inc. - $13,971
Karen Mell
125 E. 31st Street
Kansas City, MO 64108

Captain Olin's Odyssey - An Environmental Journey

This project will expand and enhance an innovative and exciting environmental education program. This program combines internet content, community outreach activities, and teacher professional development to teach environmental concepts, inspire students' develop creativity and encourage student exploration.

St. Vincent Home School - $1,687
Maxine Prochnow
7401 Florissant Road
St. Louis, MO 63121

Improving Academic Skills Through Exploration and Research

Students will identify environmental problems such as unclean water and waste disposal in their neighborhoods. This training will consist of outings, videos, Internet searches and hands-on experiences.

Wyman Center, Inc. - $14,035
Patty Clemons
600 Kiwanis Drive
Eureka, MO 63025

Peabody Elementary School Environmental Education

This project will involve a partnership between Wyman Center and Peabody Elementary School.
Sixty 4th graders, their teachers and 10 volunteer cabin counselors will attend a four day environmental education residential program camp.


Educational Service Unit 15 - $23,930
Paul Ekberg
PO Box 398
Trenton, NE 69044

Wetland Restoration Project

Teachers and students from Nebraska and Kansas will investigate three specific types of wetland environments to determine their effects on water purity, as well as plant and animal diversity. Using these wetland sites as models, participants will design construct and help implement a "Wetland Management Plan" for a new wetland area to be developed on Army Corps of Engineer land in South Central Nebraska.

Keep North Platte & Lincoln County Beautiful - $10,420
Sara Morris
715 S. Jeffers
North Platte, NE 69103

Magic of Recycling

This project will provide a venue where 1915 students and 26 teachers in North Platte willshare with people of all ages and interests historical and environmental information through "hands on" and public speaking (drama or storytelling) formats.

Keep Omaha Beautiful, Inc. - $3,056
Cindy Smiley
1819 Farnam Street, Suite 306
Omaha, NE 68183

Ecology Day Camps for Kids

This will be a week long program to educate 25 fourth, fifth and sixth grade students from the inner city on environmental issues in the community. The students will be involved in a day camp program and will be travel by bus to environmental areas and businesses in Omaha. The students will participate in five different projects.

Leopold Education Project - $5,000
Wendy Cheek
503 Taylor Circle
Papillion, NE 68046

Leopold Education and Learning Tree Projects

Nebraska Leopold Education and Nebraska Project Learning Tree will conduct 1 two-day and 4 one-day Educator workshops to train 80 seventh and twelfth grade formal and non-formal educators. The teachers will receive hands-on training in conservation education, forest ecology and forest prairie fire management.

Lincoln Public Schools Foundation - $5,000
Sonya Ekart
5901 O Street
Lincoln, NE 68501

Beattie Elementary Outdoor Learning Project

Students will create an outdoor garden to be used by students to learn about the growing cycle. Students will learn what the required elements are for growing a garden and how the environment affects the elements. The kids will construct six 15' x20' raised bed garden plots in which students will plant flowers and vegetables. The students will conduct experiments to learn how plants grow. The experiments will vary based on the grade level of the students.

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