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Grants Awarded from 1992 - 1995

Grants Awarded in 1992


Haskell Indian Junior College $25,000

This multicultural environmental education program consisted of four key components: Environmental Education Science Curriculum Development, Environmental Education Resource Center, an ongoing series of Environmental Education Workshops, and an Environmental Outreach Program. Each of the components combined advanced technological research and development in environmental education with traditional Native American perspectives in sensitivity to the earth and its products. This project reached an audience of a variety of Native American Nations, as represented in the students and outreach at Haskell Indian Junior College. This project is an excellent example of the importance of bringing multicultural perspectives to environmental education.

Olathe South High School $3,750

The project involved five areas, they are: (1) integrated pest management, (2) methods of recycling, (3) the use of technology, (4) hydroponics, and (5) students as environmental educators. The basic principles of each topic were introduced into practice and continue to be a permanent part of the horticulture studies. One important outcome was the involvement of the county's Master Gardener Program and the use of the students as teachers. The students also recorded scientific data into a computer program for future study. This project is an excellent example of how environmental education can be taught in a multidisciplinary way.

Missouri Botanical Garden $16,538

This project developed a curriculum program for teachers and students on aquatic ecology and water quality, produced a Suitcase Science Kit of materials and lessons that teachers can use with students in grades 4 through 8, and trained teachers in the use of the curriculum and materials. The Missouri Botanical Garden will continue to restock and circulate these Suitcase Science Kits for a minimum of 10 years and the teacher's workshop will be funded for an additional four years with support of a monetary gift from a local contributor. This project is an example of how a community-based organization can mobilize resources to educate teacher and students on various environmental concerns.

Grants Awarded in 1993

Kansas Wildscape Foundation $25,000

The goal of this project is to develop 100 Outdoor Wildlife Learning Sites (OWLS). The OWLS are designed to involve students in interdisciplinary hands-on activities to increase their appreciation of wildlife and their understanding of the dependency of wildlife on specific habitats. This was a partnership venture with the schools, the OWLS program, the Kansas Advisory Council, Kansas Association of Conservation Districts, Kansas State and Extension Forestry, Soil Conservation Service, Project Learning Tree, and Project Wild. The project's goal was to reach 500 teachers and 12,000 students. This project is an example of how good partnerships can be formed and used to reach a large number of students with a message about the environment.

Nebraska Groundwater Foundation $5,000

The Groundwater Festival Educators Workshop was developed to demonstrate, promote and facilitate the effective use of hands-on groundwater education in the classroom. The workshop objectives included: training 200 Nebraska upper elementary school teachers to use hands-on activities to teach about groundwater, distributing 200 copies of the Festival manual Making Waves, and motivating 100 teachers to use workshop activities in their classrooms. This approach enabled many students to become knowledgeable about groundwater in Nebraska. This project is an excellent example of how a nonprofit organization can form partnerships with schools and help to educate both teachers and students about local environmental issues.

Prairie Plains Resource Institute $5,000

Summer Orientation About Rivers (SOAR) is a two-week camp for 112 students from grades 3 through 6. Its primary purpose is the exposure of elementary-aged students to watershed concepts, biodiversity, and ecological interrelatedness through a hands-on workshop. Concentration is on aquatic and terrestrial aspects of the Platte River ecosystem. The secondary purpose is the involvement of classroom teachers which results in a teacher training program. This project is an excellent example of the multidisciplinary nature of environmental education.

Grants Awarded in 1994

Waynesville R-VI Schools $3,750

This project is a continuation and expansion of hands-on laboratory activities and a stewardship program involving the Roubicoux Creek. The project included a year-long study of creek conditions in which 8th Grade students acted as mentors for the elementary grades. The water quality monitoring program has identified and will continue to monitor minor problems so that the community can make corrections as needed. A simple environmental curriculum that can be used or modified by other educators was also developed This project is an excellent example of how students can participate in an environmental education program that benefits the whole community.

Iowa Department of Education $5,000

The goals of the "Volunteer Wilderness" project were threefold: (1) to enhance teaching skills through a wilderness awareness and ecological restoration workshop for educators, (2) to enable the educator to communicate this experience with participant presentations, and (3) to expand the knowledge base within the community to enable community members to make more positive environmental choices. This project involved a partnership with the Iowa Department of Education, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Forest Service, Idaho Fish and Game, the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University Extension Youth, and the 4-H Program. Volunteer Wilderness affected more than 1,500 people. This project is an excellent example of how partnerships can be formed and outreach to the local community can bed achieved with a small investment of money.

University of Nebraska, South Central Research & Extension Center $4,000

The primary goals of this project were to demonstrate and evaluate techniques that reduce deep percolation of irrigation water below the active root zone in furrow-irrigated fields and to narrow the gap between irrigation application amounts and the actual amounts of water extracted by the crop. The results of the project were presented at an irrigation workshop in Clay County and at the Central Plains Irrigation Short Course and Equipment Expo, which annually attracts more than 300 irrigators from three states. This project could impact how future farmers plant and plan for the proper use of water in this region where groundwater is a major concern. This project is an excellent example of how an environmental education program can benefit the whole community.

Grants Awarded in 1995

Des Moines County Conservation Board $17,364

Six area landowners will be trained to monitor the water quality within the waterways of the Flint Creek watershed as a result of this pilot project. They also will be trained to serve as mentors to students from West Burlington Middle School who are studying water quality issues, water quality monitoring, and the relationship between water quality and land use practices within the flood plain. The project will educate members of the communities in and around Burlington and West Burlington, opening lines of communication between grassroots farming and non-farming agencies and organizations by training area landowners to monitor water quality and by providing opportunities for the landowners to serve as mentors. This project is an excellent example of how an environmental education program teaches students while involving and benefiting the entire community.

Maize High School $5,000

In the initial phase of this project, science teachers from kindergarten through 12th grades and student mentors will be trained to accurately sample water quality in the Arkansas River Basin using curriculum developed in the Illinois River Project. The training will create a network of teachers having direct contact with the Arkansas River. The result will impact approximately 2,000 students representing agricultural, urban, and industrial populations and forming a partnership among school districts along the Arkansas River. This project is an excellent example of the benefits of forming partnerships to implement an environmental education program.

Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality $25,000

An interactive theater production on water quality will be performed over 100 times statewide to 4th through 8th grade students. A training kit will also be produced so that other theater groups can duplicate the performance. The play will give students accurate knowledge about water quality and teach age-appropriate actions to prevent water pollution. This project is an excellent example of how an environmental education project can serve as a model for others to duplicate.

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