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Grants Awarded in 1998


Akron-Westfield Community School - $18,886
Ronald Wilmot
850 Kerr Drive
Akron, IA 51001

Cooperative Study of a Reclaimed Northwest Iowa Accretion Wetland

This wetlands project is designed for 60 students (grades 9-12) and four staff members to meet two Saturdays a month for three-hour sessions. The group goes to the wetlands in the flood plain of the Big Sioux River next to Akron, where they gather data, take samples and record observations. The project provides a unique opportunity to help with long-term re-establishment of wetlands along the Big Sioux River. The long-term goal is preservation of the Big Sioux River Corridor, which consists of more than 2,000 wetland acres.

Iowa Department of Education - $5,000
Duane Toomsen
Grimes State Office Building
Des Moines, IA 50319-0146

Food, Land & People

This project is designed to help the urban school district start and continue training for educators in the use of Food, Land & People (FLP) curriculum materials. The training will improve their ability to teach about the interdependencies of agriculture, the environment and diverse cultures. The goal is to reach 100 teachers in the district with 15-hour workshops. The workshops will include presentations by local resource experts on locally important environmental issues.

Iowa State University Extension Services - $2,500
Amalia Spescha Bright
2606 W. Burlington
Fairfield, IA 52556

Iowa Organic Farming Educational Video

The goal of the organic farming project is to provide farmers who are switching from conventional crop production the necessary information to begin farming organically. The Organic Farming Education Video is produced to provide information for the general public and the farming community in particular. The videos will be distributed to members of extension services and other state farm agencies. Agricultural non-point source pollution is a major cause of water quality impairment. The concern is so strong that many farmers say they would reduce their use of farm chemicals if economically viable alternatives existed.


Emporia State University - $4,996
Jonena Hearst
1200 Commercial Street
Emporia, KS 66801

Fort Berthold Watershed Project

The Fort Berthold Watershed Project seeks to build tribal environmental capacity by showing tribal members the importance of watershed management. It also seeks to increase public access to watershed information by preparing an accurate database and an Internet website. The target audience is the on-reservation population of the Three Affiliated Tribes, which have 5,500 enrolled tribal members and 5,400 non-tribal members. A series of six seminars will be given to introduce educators and tribal members to watershed information and educational curriculum aids available through the Internet. Seminars will be given at three locations to encourage participation of all tribal members.

Wyandotte County Parks Foundation - $5,000
Vicki McLain
3488 West Drive
Kansas City, KS 66109

Stotler Cove Nature Trail and Learning Center

This project is to develop the Stotler Cove Nature Trail and Learning Center at Wyandotte County Lake. The learning center provides teachers with an on-site classroom that can be used all year. The trail is new and is the only walking/hiking trail available in the park. The training session for teachers is shared by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and the Wyandotte County Conservation District. The primary goal is to improve teaching skills in ecosystem protection and water-quality testing.

Maize, USD 266 - $16,666
Mark Diskin and William Kruse
1600 W. 45th St. North
Maize, KS 67101

Cultivating Activities Promoting Environmental Research Strategies (CAPER)

This project will focus on educating teachers, pre-service teachers and students, grades K-12, on environmental issues, specifically, water-related ecosystem pollution and protection. The target audience consists of certified teachers, pre-service teachers, postgraduate teachers and students. The project is expected to affect 2,750-4,800 students and 375-400 teachers. The delivery method will consist of training sessions, workshops, summer science camps and conferences.

Kansas State University - $17,500
David Hartnett
2 Fairchild Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-1103

The Tallgrass Prairie of the Flint Hills

"The Tallgrass Prairie of the Flint Hills of Kansas" is a film designed to be broadcast nationally on the Public Broadcasting Service. It focuses on the tallgrass prairie ecosystem of the Flint Hills of Kansas. It addresses such topics as: the natural history of the region, the environmental impact of Native Americans and European settlers, new scientific findings and their implications for grasslands worldwide, what prairies can predict about row crop soil composition, the biological value of the tremendously diverse life forms in and under the grasses, the danger of misusing the grasses, the debate over how to best use the protein in these grasses for conversion to human use, and the potential role of the prairie as a carbon sink in mitigating projected global warming. Three play dates on PBS could reach more than 5 million viewers. The film will also be shown in educational settings.

Heartland Council of Camp Fire Boys & Girls - $5,000
Stephen McCue
7930 State Line Road
Prairie Village, KS 66208

Good Earth Camp

The Good Earth Camp has been established to institutionalize environmental education. Camp staff and volunteers are trained as assistants during one-day-per-week workshops for all resident campers during the eight weeks of resident camp. Camp Fire serves youth ages 5 to 18. Camp Good Earth is attended by more than 3,000 campers each summer at a 290-acre facility in Waldron, Missouri.


Ferguson-Florissant School District - $17,170
Terry Henderson
1004 Waterford Drive
Florissant, MO 63033

Environmental Rangers

The goal of the Environmental Rangers project is to increase awareness, knowledge base and participation of students and teachers. The primary audience is eight high school students who become "rangers." The second audience is six to eight fourth-grade teachers from six elementary schools. The third audience is 860 fourth-grade students and their teachers, parents and community. The delivery method is to first train the trainers (rangers), then the rangers will train and assist the fourth-grade teachers. The fourth graders can do projects in which the families and community will be involved, raising awareness of environmental responsibilities in the community.

Missouri Department of Conservation - $5,000
Kim Wade
2901 W. Truman Blvd.
PO Box 180
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180

Environmental Education Show-Me Model Schools

The goal of this project is to develop reproducible curriculum models that show environmental education's role in advancing state educational reform efforts. The primary audience is classroom teachers, working with fourth, fifth, sixth and/or seventh-grade students. The educational priority addresses the standards formally adopted by the Missouri State Board of Education in January 1996.

American Lung Association - $5,000
Joseph Buta
2007 Broadway
Kansas City, MO 65108

Open Airways for Schools

The Open Airways for Schools and the Tools for Schools projects help children with asthma and their families. Open Airways helps children in the elementary school setting. The purpose is to empower children with asthma by teaching them how to prevent asthma episodes and emergencies and by creating partnerships in asthma care with school personnel, nurses, physicians, families and local American Lung Association volunteers. The Tools for Schools program helps teachers and school personnel learn how to assess and improve indoor air quality.

Bridging The Gap - $25,000
Mark Carr
PO Box 10220
Kansas City, MO 64171

Westside Neighborhood Recycling Campaign

This project will use the economic value of recyclable materials to encourage community organization in a primarily low-income, minority neighborhood to involve at least 750 families in recycling. Community organizations will help set up a subscription collection program. The organizations will contact residents in the neighborhood and convince them to support the organizations by subscribing to save their aluminum cans. Materials will be provided in English and Spanish. Volunteers will pick up cans from subscribers and bring them to a central point, where they will be accumulated and redeemed. The money collected will go to the participating organizations.

Heartland All Species Project - $24,870
Marty Kraft
5644 Charlotte St.
Kansas City, MO 64110

49/63 Neighborhood Environmental Stewardship Training Program

The 49/63 Neighborhood Environmental Stewardship Training Program will involve 20 young people ages 10 to 15 in an environmental education work/service program. The program will stress principles and practical application of issues such as recycling, household hazardous and other waste reduction, composting, gardening, cooking, grass cycling, consuming practices, home energy conservation, weatherization, energy-conserving landscaping and neighborhood community building. These young residents will interact with a neighborhood of about 8,000 residents and numerous businesses. The goal is to integrate all aspects of urban neighborhood life into a sustainable model at the block level.

Ozanam Home for Boys, Inc. - $1,199
Alice Blizzard
421 East 137th St.
Kansas City, MO 64145

The Environmental of Our Creek

This project will help inner-city and low-income students' understand the relationship between environmental conditions and their lives. The students will test a tributary of the Little Blue River for biotic and abiotic characteristics, then distribute the information through their school newspaper and an organizational newsletter. The outcome is to help them make more environmentally correct choices and to research careers related to stream life.

Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments - $4,655
Joel Miller
114 W. Third St.
Maryville, MO 64468

Northwest Missouri Recycles

The purpose of this recycling project is to educate students (grades 2-5) about environmental issues directly affecting their communities. The goal is to generate interest in recycling efforts and waste management through demonstrations, slide shows and vermi-composting. The program will target about 2,000 students in the 17 school districts. The anticipated result is that the school districts and the parents will respond with a recycling effort in northwestern Missouri.

Meramec Regional Planning Commission - $5,000
Tamara Snodgrass
101 W. 10th St.
Rolla, MO 65401

Environmental Resource Center Curriculum Workshop

This project would provide an environmental curriculum workshop that has not previously been offered for educators in this region. The target audience is the South Central District of the Missouri State Teachers Association, which has a membership of 1,600. The object is to provide resource materials so that teachers other than than the science teacher can add environmental curricula to their classes, such as math, history and english. The ethic of stewardship and responsibility for the environment will be better assimilated throughout the region if educators are encouraged to use materials and methods rooted in the concept of protecting and healing our environment

Southwest Missouri State University - $3,997
Janice S. Greene
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65804

Integration of Environmental Education into Pre-Service Teacher Preparation

This project is designed to improve the environmental education teaching skills of pre-service teachers by improving their training when enrolled in college science, social studies and language arts teaching methods courses. This will be accomplished through a leadership workshop provided to 22 of the methods instructors and through training workshops that they can in turn provide to their students and colleagues.

MidAmerica Energy & Resource Partners - $5,000
Deborah Chollet
7525 Sussex Ave.
St. Louis, MO 64143

Interactive Models of Landfill & Energy Efficient House

The intent of this project is to acquire and circulate interactive models that present key concepts of waste management and building energy efficiency. Teachers and students in K-12 are the primary audience. The models are used by the staff of Mid-America Energy & Resource Partners at EarthWays Home, during the Earth Day Festival, and for presentations to groups at metropolitan schools throughout the year.

Lutie R-VI School District - $5,000
Joyce Taber
HC4, Box 4177
Theodosia, MO 65761

"Living Below the Branson Boom" A Water Quality Study

The Branson project is a hands-on water testing activity that provides different interdisciplinary learning. The goal is for 40 middle school and high school students in an after-school Science Club to use a research-based approach to study the water quality conditions of Big Creek. The creek is downstream from the Branson, Missouri, tourist area. The study is intended to increase awareness and responsibility in protecting natural resources during development of the area. The integration of subject matter and informed environmental decision-making increases critical thinking skills.


Nebraska Groundwater Foundation - $8,750
Susan Seacrest
PO Box 22558
Lincoln, NE 68542-2668

Groundwater Protection Through Local Action

A 15-minute video, Groundwater Protection through Local Action , would showcase how important it is for community residents to become educated and involved in groundwater protection. A primary audience will be Groundwater Guardian communities, which range from rural areas to urban centers and from low-income neighborhoods to college campuses. The video will be broadcast on Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET) and distributed through the Foundation. Portions of the video will be incorporated into the Foundation's website.

Hebron Public Schools - $8,080
Jerry Neff
PO Box 9
Hebron, NE 68370-0009

ALPHA Project to Test Surface Water

This project relates to National Education Goals 2000 and the Nebraska Board of Education goals to strengthen mathematics and science education. The primary audience is Hebron High School's advanced biology courses. The project would help students use advanced data collection technology, discover interactions among ecological systems, apply their knowledge to make informed decisions, and collaborate with other schools in the state via the Internet.

Thurston County Extension Service - $5,000
Janet Nielsen
PO Box 245
Walthill NE 68067

Fourth Grade Native American Students Learn About Their Responsibility Toward the Environment

This project is planned to educate the 75 fourth-grade students at the Walthill Public School (all members of the Omaha Tribe) about their responsibilities for their environment and their tribe's historical relationship with the earth. The curriculum is designed to introduce a different environmental/cultural component each week. Elders from the tribe will share historical information about their relationship to the earth and their tribe and the responsibility the relationships entail. This project will be a partnership between the Thurston County Cooperative Extension Service and the Walthill Public Schools.

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