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Grants Awarded in 1996


Andrew Jackson Demonstration Farm Corp. - $4,725
Theresa H. Weiss
201 W. Platt St.
Maquoketa, IA 52060

Teacher Training Workshop

The project will train middle school teachers to use a watershed approach to agriculture and the environment. The goal will be accomplished by developing an outdoor environmental education site at the Andrew Jackson Demonstration Farm. A workshop will be held for the teachers to show them what is available for outdoor education at the site and how it can be used to teach environmental education activities. The model developed for the project will be used by schools, other groups or agencies to establish and utilize similar sites in Iowa.

Cedar County Conservation Board - $5,000
Hector Ibarra
1400 Cedar St., Courthouse
Tipton, IA 52772

Rings of Life: Learning and Growing Together

The project provides long term learning experiences that require students, faculty and community commitment and involvement. Rings of Life brings the community, businesses and schools together. It is a three year cycle of instruction involving four middle schools who will plant trees, test water and soil, analyze core boring, write reflectively on their findings, create an Internet Website and develop computer generated multimedia presentations along with construction of a WILD School Site.

Department of Natural Resources, State of Iowa - $3,300
Larry L. Bean
Wallace Building
Des Moines, IA 50319-0034

Wind Energy Seminar and Workshop

This workshop will provide a forum to improve environmental education teaching skills for teachers, faculty and other nonformal educators knowledgeable in the area of wind energy production and use. The target audience will be teachers and educators, while the secondary target will be rural citizens of Iowa. A notice will be sent to all public schools. Direct mail will be used to invite pertinent teaching staff. Notices will be placed in local papers, the Iowa Energy Bulletin, the Internet and newsletters of the Iowa Wind Energy Association. The overall goal is to educate regarding the environmental benefits and economic value of using the wind to produce energy.

Kiwanis Nature Island - $4,920
Cindy Blobaum
111 Ninth St., Suite 180
Des Moines, IA 50314

Watching Our Water (WOW)

Watching Our Water (WOW) is a project with the goal of creating a team of knowledgeable urban, minority high school students that can actively educate others about the environmental and health issues surrounding the state wide debate concerning the development of large-scale hog confinements and their potential effect on water quality. WOW will team Kiwanis Nature Island Naturalist and 20 Science Bound students from North High school who will understand the source, potential contaminants and treatment of water, participate in valid scientific measurements, and become an active agent of environmental education.

North Cedar Community Schools - $5,000
Margaret Sandeghpour-Kramer
400 Ball St.
Clarence, IA 52305

Teacher Training

The project is based on training teachers, administrators and community volunteers in environmental and service learning education to facilitate developing the joint school-community trail and gardens system. Target audience is six teachers, one administrator, sixth graders, twelve seventh graders with six more teachers and 150 seventh and eighth graders as part-time participants along with 300 hundred community part-time participants. The results will be a trail and garden system and the cleanup and restoration of a nearby stream site.

Page County Soil & Water District - $5,000
Kevin McCall
1213 5th Avenue
Shenandoah, IA 51601

Environmental Education Program for Southwest Iowa

The project is to provide four in-service training sessions and material support for more than 75 teachers and administrators. The result will be that 2,500 students in grades K-12 will be have access to quality environmental education not currently available to them. The project will organize and hold 25 environmental education programs for local community groups. The goal is to expand public understanding of Iowa ecology, dependence on the ecosystems, attainment of a sustainable life style, and to increase teaching skills involved in outdoor education.

Willow Creek Field Lab Foundation - $4,630
Dan Towers
114 N. Chestnut, Courthouse
Jefferson, IA 50129

Willow Creek Wetland Field Lab: Problem solving techniques

The project is designed specifically to improve the environmental education teaching skills for educators from 13 Public School Districts and 7 Parochial Schools in 4 counties to engage their 10,755 K-12 students in on-site learning activities at a significant wetland complex. A series of workshops offered throughout the year, lead by local environmental specialists from various state and local agencies and organizations, will present materials appropriate for the region. The project will build capacity within Iowa for developing and delivering wetland-based environmental education programs and to reach communities with a grassroots community-based organization which actively encourages wetland protection, development and restoration.

Winnebago County Soil and Water Conservation District - $771
Mark Sandvik
163 First Ave.
PO Box 85
Thompson, IA 50478-0085

Wetlands Education

The project will focus on providing 8th graders a hands-on experience in comparing the ecology of wetlands as opposed to man-made impoundments. The study will be on how wetlands filter pollutants and store eroded sediments. The sessions will combine field and lab work. The result will give the students an understanding of the biological diversity of wetland ecosystems.

Wright County Conservation Board - $750
Bruce Voigts
1768 O'Brien Ave.
Clarion, IA 50525

Health Concerns of Animal Waste & Waterways

The project will focus on educating teachers, students and the general public about human health problems from environmental pollution of animal waste draining into the waterways of the county.


Haskell Indian Nations University - $16,658
Bill Welton
155 Indian Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66046

Environmental Education Practicum

This project is to bring American Indian students and teachers or elders from various Indian nations together to accomplish objectives of a pollution prevention program to benefit an American Indian community. The target audience is 21 junior/senior high school students, 3 teacher/elder facilitators, and 3 student facilitators. The home communities benefiting from the exposure of these American Indian teachers and students will be empowered to enhance environmental justice locally for culturally-diverse and low income populations.

Turner USD #202 - $4,999
Jim Benz
800 S. 55 St.
Kansas City, KS 66106

Expanding Water Studies into Turner High School and Neighboring Wyandotte County Schools

The focus of this project is to promote environmental careers among high school students by expanding the current water studies program into the high school curriculum and into neighboring schools. The target audience is six hundred students, grades nine through twelve, in Turner High School and other Wyandotte County schools. This audience will be reached using the Missouri Stream Teams program and will be taught in the chemistry and biology classes.


Missouri Botanical Garden - $14,012
Dr. Larry DeBuhr
PO Box 299
St. Louis, MO 63166

Dissemination of Environmental Science Curriculum

This project proposes to improve the environmental education teaching skills of grade 2-5 teachers by disseminating an existing environmental science curriculum to new audiences using the Internet and World Wide Web. The immediate target audience is teachers at 5,000 elementary schools already using The Environment video series. The video series shows children how to investigate an environmental issue and identify ways to help solve environmental problems or change their own behavior.

University of Missouri - St. Louis - $24,660
Marvin Beckerman
8001 Natural Bridge Road
St. Louis, MO 63121-4499

Environmental Citizenship

This project will improve the environmental education teaching skills of the teachers involved in the project and the education majors who will serve as facilitators for the project. The project will involve 150 students from six middle schools in St. Louis and St. Louis County. The focus will be on four issues: toxic waste, solid waste, air pollution and mass transit. An issue investigative approach will be used where students will investigate the issues, discuss, and develop, and implement a plan.


Educational Service Unit #13 - $25,000
Penny Businga
4215 Avenue 1
Scottsbluff, NE 69361

Exemplary Teacher Training

The project will improve environmental education teaching skills for K-8 teachers through the development and implementation of an environmental education curriculum and teacher resource guide unique to Western Nebraska. Teaching skills will be enhanced through developing lead teachers and through the dissemination workshops at which the guide will be available in both printed and electronic (Internet) form. The target audience is 500 K-8 teachers and 6,200 students within 20 school district throughout Western Nebraska.

Lincoln Children's Museum - $4,825
Lindy Bull
121 S. 13th St., Lincoln Square
Lincoln, NE 68508

Lincoln Childrens' Museum Water Resources Exhibit & Workshop

The project will increase public understanding of urban and rural water sources, and the impact of human activities as they relate to the quality and quantity of these sources. The target audience includes preschool and elementary aged children and their families. The goal will be accomplished by an interactive exhibit that will allow children and their families to explore the sources of community and rural water supplies. Workshops will be conducted for the general public using groundwater models.

Nebraska Association of Resources Districts - $15,000
Craig Gottschalk
601 S. 12th St.
Suite 201
Lincoln, NE 68508

1996 National Envirothon Competition

The goal of this project is to enhance student and teacher interest and participation in environmental education. Specific objectives are to: 1.) Host the 1996 National Envirothon Competition in Nebraska. 2.) Increase state participation from 30 to 40 states. 3.) Increase Canadian participation from one to four provinces and recruit participation from three states of Mexico. 4.) Introduce Midwest environmental issues into the national competition. 5.) Use national competition to stimulate accelerated growth of the Nebraska state program.

Nebraska State 4-H Camp - $5,360
Bernie Lorkovic
PO Box 87
Halsey, NE 69142

NatureLink Family Outdoor Education Weekend

The NatureLink program is a family-oriented outdoor environmental education program which is designed to link people to nature and the environment and in doing so, helps educate the public to appreciate and conserve natural resources. The target audience is urban/suburban families (100 persons) to spend a weekend to incorporate hands-on experiential environmental education activities.

Prairie Plains Resource Institute - $5,000
William S. Whitney
1307 S. Street
Aurora, NE 68818-2126

Summer Orientation About Rivers (S.O.A.R.)

Summer Orientation About Rivers (S.O.A.R.), is a two week day camp for 120 students from grades three through six. The primary purpose is exposing elementary students to watershed concepts, biodiversity and ecological relationships. Concentration will be on aquatic and terrestrial aspects of the Platte River ecosystem. A secondary purpose is the use of classroom teachers which will result in a teacher training program.

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