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Grants Awarded in 1997


American Water Works Association - 5,000
Angie Mann
2201 Valley Drive
Des Moines, IA 50321

Iowa Children's Water Festival

The project will be a one-day educational event for Iowa 5th graders to learn the important role of water in the environment. 1,500 students will be selected to attend, by random regional drawing, to ensure statewide participation. The water festival will be held at the Ankeny campus of the Des Moines Area Community College. Partners also include the Des Moines Water Works.

Iowa Department of Education - $4,420
Duane Toomsen
Grimes State Office Building
Des Moines, IA 50319-0146
Duane Toomsen

"Nature Speaks"

The project is an effective means of developing numerous communication skills with the linkage of experiences with nature. Twenty-six teachers will be selected to participate in a workshop designed to connect the disciplines of language arts, social studies, science, physical education and art with ecology and understanding environmental relationships. Nature Speaks is learning by doing. Partnership is with the University of Northern Iowa.

Iowa Renewable Energy Association - $5,000
Thomas Deves
3863 Short St.
Dubuque, IA 52002

Iowa Electrathon

The project is one in which schools design, build, and race a one-person electric vehicle. The students are directly involved in the design and building of the car and indirectly in obtaining sponsors, publicity and project planning. More than 500 schools in Iowa - public, private and parochial will be invited to participate. A workshop will be held for teachers to train about environmental issues and on how to build an Electrathon car. The Electrathon will bring attention to the environmental problems of conventional cars and demonstrate the viability of electric vehicles. Partnership is between Iowa Renewable Energy Association (I-RENEW) and the Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEE) at the University of Northern Iowa.

Maharishi University of Management - $5,000
Terry Allen
1000 North 4th Street
Fairfield, IA 50556

Creating an Ecosystem: A Model K-12 Environmental Curriculum

The project is curriculum implementation which includes faculty training student education and dissemination of the material to the public. The target audience includes 650 students and faculty with an estimated 200 students and teachers from other schools. The delivery will be through faculty workshop, classroom and greenhouse activities. This project addresses a fundamental environmental problem, the need to develop sustainable methods of agriculture. Partners with the University will be Food Works who will teach the Common Roots Curriculum.

University of Iowa - $5,000
Dave Conrads
E216 Field House
Iowa City, IA 52242

UI/ICCSD Wild 2000, A Wildcare Project

The project will provide each child in the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) with an extended week-long outdoor environmental educational experience sometime during their elementary school years. The pilot program will start with 5 elementary schools, over 250 students with 15 teachers participating. Participants will be 4th, 5th and 6th grade students from a multicultural background. The week-long program will be formatted after a Wildlife Camp program focusing on various ecosystems in the area. Partners will be the ICCSD and the University of Iowa.

Missouri & Mississippi Divide Resource Conservation & Development, Inc. - $4,560
Keith Edwards
618 Park Avenue
Sac City, IA 50583

Iowa Organic Agriculture Education Project

The project will increase awareness and knowledge of organic agriculture among farmers and provide skills to apply organic agriculture practices. There will be a series of 6 workshops for more than 300 members of the farming community. The participants will gain an understanding of the impact of farming on human health. Farmers who are shifting to organic farming and others who use organic practices are the target audience. The partnerships are between M & M Divide Resource Conservation and Development, Inc., Golden Hills Resource Conservation and Development, Inc., Heartland Organic Cooperative and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.


Baker University - $12,450
Dr. Roger Boyd
8th & Grove
Baldwin City, KS 66006

Wetlands With A Vision

The project incorporates student, teacher training and community based education. It increases usage of an outdoor classroom by area schools. There will be a group of volunteers trained as tour leaders which will improve the awareness and understanding of wetland values and function by the general public. The target audience is the Douglas County Schools (K-12) and raising awareness in the community. Current curriculum will be modified and improved with pamphlets containing checklists of birds, mammals, fish, herbs and plants found in the wetlands. Due to the location, the wetlands adjoining Haskell Indian Nations University and additional wetlands in the Wakarusa River Floodplain will benefit from this program.

Butler County Community College - $3,797
Judy Carney
901 S. Haverhill Road
El Dorado, KS 67042

Developing a Water Festival in Butler County

The project is to create a one-day water festival for the 4th & 5th grade students of Butler County. Registration for the event plans for over 400 students to attend. The water festival will raise public awareness regarding the community problem of non-point pollution in the Butler County water supply. Partners in the project are Butler County Community College and Butler County Conservation District.

Haskell Indian Nations University - $25,000
William M. Welton
155 Indian Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66046

Environmental Education Through Distance Learning

Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU) and Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center (HERS) propose to extend environmental education by means of distance learning to under-served American Indian audiences. The plan is to reach 300 6th-8th grade American Indian youth and to train teachers on the use of culturally relevant extensions from "Investigate Your Environment" and "Project Learning Tree." HINU will work in cooperation with Tribally Controlled Colleges (TCC) in five states (Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Washington) and tribes in Kansas. The project will utilize satellite technology in collaborative efforts to build tribal capacity by providing formal environmental education to tribal educators and students.

Wyandotte County Health Department - $6,168
Joseph M. Connor
619 Ann Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66101

"Project Protect." A Community Based Program to Prevent Childhood Lead Poisoning.

The project will reduce the risk of lead exposure to high risk families through a coordinated community based educational process. The project director will train 34 staff members from 3 community based organizations who will give presentations to 3 neighborhood associations and 3 child development classes at local colleges. The object is to personalize educational activities on lead poisoning prevention for 926 targeted families who have children age 6 and under who live in low income housing built prior to 1978.

USD #323 Perry Public Schools - $5,000
Paula Kellogg
Third and Bridge Streets
Perry, KS 66073

Local and Global Education to Enhance Environmental Awareness

The purpose of the project is to train K-12 district staff as trainers in the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment program (GLOBE) and to develop an Outdoor Study Site. A diverse group of over 70 teachers will be inserviced in the use of the GLOBE program and have access to the study site. Over 1,000 students will participate. With the existence of Internet capabilities in all USD #343 classrooms, students and staff will communicate with other students, teachers, and scientists on a global basis. Local organizations such as Scouts and Quail Unlimited, Inc. will take an active role in developing and utilizing the Study Site.

W. Clement Stone Nature Center - $5,000
Martha Birrell
7240 SW 10th Street
Topeka, KS 66615

Fostering Environmental Responsibility in the Urban Environment

The project will extend opportunities for environmental and outdoor activities to low income and at-risk youth. The program is offered to 430 participants and 20 leaders. The participants are from 8 schools and 2 youth organizations with students ages 8 to 14. This represents a minority population of 66% African Americans and Hispanics. Student education and teacher training, with the emphasis on conservation of the natural environment, will contribute to changing behaviors for a population that has viewed the natural world as dangerous or dirty.

Kansas Rural Center - $4,825
Jerry Jost
P. O. Box 133
Whiting, KS 66552

Making the Pieces Fit in Sustainable Agricultural Conference

The project is a conference whose purpose is to provide effective learning opportunities on practical approaches to sustainable agriculture. It will provide networking opportunities for approximately 275 farmers among the community-based farmer clusters within the Heartland Network. The venture is jointly sponsored by the Kansas Rural Center and Kansas State University.


4-H Program, University of Missouri - $20,000
Dr. L. Jo Turner
212 Whitten Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

Streets to Streams - Water Quality Education for Youth

The project will train 40 professionals to be water quality trainers. These professionals will train 400 educators who will reach 8,000 youth. The target audience for Streets to Streams curriculum is students ages 9 - 13. The Streets to Streams project responds to the high priority of protecting surface and ground water. A key component of the curriculum is the inclusion of standards that correlate with standards adopted by the State Board of Education for Missouri.

Wyman Center - $4,500
Linda Sanders
600 Kiwanis Drive
Eureka, MO 63025

Sunship Earth Program

The project was developed to give an understanding and appreciation of the relationship between people and the natural world, which will lead to positive environmental actions. Sunshine Earth was developed for children attending schools in lower income and culturally diverse neighborhoods with less access to business, educational and health resources. The retreat is a five day camp experience in which participants start the process of environmental decision-making for themselves. Wyman Center is a social service organization serving children, youth and families in endangered neighborhoods.

Native American Health/Aids Coalition Education Division - $16,718
Shirley Hoskins
6025 Prospect #103
Kansas City, MO 64130

Native American Interactive On-line Educational Program

The goal of this project is to develop a Native American Environmental Protection school-based on-line network to prevent health problems, to minimize environmental injustice and to assess the health priorities within the Native American community. The program will teach the history of respecting Mother Earth to 200 students, 25 teachers and more than 500 community members. After evaluations the program will expand to 400 tribes and 300 Indian controlled schools. Partners with the Native American Health Clinic will be Selective Learning Network, a national on-line educational program and the Chicago Nation School.

Macon County University Extension Council - $5,000
Wanda Eubank
119 North Rubey
Macon, MO 63552

Water Quality Education for Educators

The project is a water-quality workshop for teachers and youth/community educators from the 21-county Northeast Extension Region in Missouri. The purpose is to put into place a train-the-trainer model resulting in at least 4500 teaching contacts for the first year. The workshop will involve 45 hours of instruction which includes water quality, exploration of existing curricula, program development and public-education outreach skills. The partners include Natural Resources Conservation Service, Mark Twain Water Quality Demonstration Project, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Missouri Department of Conservation, Health and Natural Resources, and others.

Seneca R-VIII Schools - $20,841
Charles Yust
P. O. Box 469
Seneca, MO 64865

"Habitat Patrol"

This project will expand the students and community member's knowledge of environmental management through today's technology. Using community-based education 1,437 students, 2,000 of the general population, 1,802 with the Eastern Shawnee tribe, 200 of the Modoc Tribe and 500 of the Wyandotte Tribe will participate in community involvement in implementing the project. Along with the technology, taught through media modules, will be the building of a water garden. The entire community has agreed to participate and will result in raising the group's knowledge and awareness of their ecosystem.

Southwest Missouri State University - $19,242
Dr. Charles W. Emerson
901 S. National
Springfield, MO 65804

Environmental Baseline Investigation of Fulbright Springs Watershed

The project will assess and map the baseline environmental conditions and land use patterns in the area of Fulbright Springs, which is a sensitive watershed and important source of drinking water. A workshop will be conducted to demonstrate the potential uses of the global positioning system (GPS) technology to representatives of local environmental groups, neighborhood associations and public agencies. The Fulbright Springs project addresses the high priority environmental issue of urbanization and its effects on ground water quality. A primary partner will be the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks.


Chadron Clean Community System, Inc. - $2,709
Lois Cawrse
250 Main Street
Chadron, NE 69337

"Waste-In-Place & Waste: A Hidden Resource"

The purpose of the project is to present the first teacher workshop in Northwest Nebraska related to solid waste management. The workshop will presented to 25 teachers, representing a 3 county area. The materials will then be presented to 625 students who will share the information with their families. Partnerships include the City of Chadron, U.S. Forest Service, Nebraska Environmental Trust and the Department of Environmental Quality.

Nebraska State 4-H Camp - $4,960
Bernie Lorkovic
P. O. Box 87
Halsey, NE 69142

NatureLink, Family Outdoor Education Weekend

The purpose of NatureLink is to provide a meaningful outdoor educational experience for urban and suburban families from low income and culturally diverse backgrounds. The three day week-end is designed so workshops will be organized into family "Learnshops" for parents to experience the outdoors with their children. This intergenerational participation reinforces the message of protecting natural resources for future generations. Mentors are assigned to work with families during the weekend and commit to keeping in touch with those families. Partners in this program will involve Big Brothers/Big Sisters who work with families that are single parent and at-risk youth.

Lincoln/Lancaster County Department of Health - $4,800
John Chess
3140 "N" Street
Lincoln, NE 68510-1514

Environmental Education for Groundwater Quality in Domestic Water Wells.

The purpose of the project will be to build upon the Lincoln-Lancaster County Department of Health's (LLCDH) "Groundwater and Environmental Self-Help Checklist Program." The target audience is rural homeowners, acreage owners, farmers as well as for high school students. It will educate participants about groundwater quality and protection, and how to evaluate the adequacy of domestic water wells. The curriculum unit will include an introduction to hydrology, well installation,and checking groundwater quality. The unit, once developed and evaluated, will be available to teachers and other adults to supplement the distribution of the water well checklist followed by a post-results assessment of the water quality data. Partners in this project include LLCDH as lead agency, with assistance from the state Department of Health and the University of Nebraska.

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