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Grants Awarded in 1999


Kirkwood Community College - $5,000
Cynthia Root
P.O. Box 2068
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406

Workshop for High School Teachers to Train in Microscale Chemistry

The project is to train 20 high school teachers in Microscale Chemistry techniques that will reduce chemical use and waste generation without compromising instruction in standard laboratory skills. The workshop is designed to address different groups of experimental concepts that will be used at varying education levels. It is free to the teachers. Kirkwood Community College will partner with Grant Wood Area Education Agency in this endeavor.

University of Northern Iowa - $5,000
Susan Salterberg
Center for Energy & Environmental Education
Cedar Falls, IA 50614

Simplifying for Wellness

The purpose is to reduce use of natural resources and creation of waste. The project uses an existing environmental education curriculum,"Simplifying for Wellness." Recycling coordinators are trained to use the curriculum and then use train-the-trainer sessions for the public. Workshop evaluations and post-workshop follow-ups ensure the project goals and objectives. For this project, along with the Center for Energy and Environmental Education, the Iowa Recycling Association, Nebraska State Recycling Association and Biocycle/InBusiness are partners.

Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health - $5,000
Ronald Osterholm
22 N. Georgia Ave., #300
Mason City, IA 50401

Local Lead Awareness Campaign

The project is to raise awareness of the hazards of lead poisoning and the necessity of screening children up to age 6. This is a shift in lead case management to a community level intervention. It targets the population of children at risk through prevention, not just the individual child with lead poisoning. Key partnerships with KLSS Radio and KIMT-TV increase the number of people the program can reach. Objectives are education of identified families of children up to age 6 and community awareness of lead poisoning and the services available.

United Nations Association - USA - $5,000
Dorothy Paul
20 E. Market St.
Iowa City, IA 52245

Taking on the Challenge of Global Change

Taking on the Challenge of Global Change will use public forums to explore risks, challenges and solutions to climate change. The goal of a public hearing at the Iowa Capitol will be to continue helping citizens learn about issues and processes and to publicly present positive and innovative proposals for solutions to climate change. The overall goal is to make Iowa an economically healthy, safe and sustainable state.

Conservation Districts of Iowa - $4,935
Jill Knapp
PO Box 649
Johnston, IA 50131

Environmental Science Field Study Teacher Workshop

The Envirothon is a comprehensive high school environmental education program leading up to a team competition. The object is to give 30 Iowa science teachers the knowledge and skills to provide guidance for the Envirothon program. The teacher workshop provides 30 hours of instruction over a four-day period with an accredited university; continuing education and graduate credits are available.

Bi-State Regional Commission - $10,000
Gena McCullough
1504 Third Ave.
Rock Island, IL 61204

Illinois/Iowa Quad Cities Air Quality Teaching Teachers Project

The project goal is to increase public education on air quality/pollution issues in the Quad Cities Metro Area. The project will focus on health risks related to air quality/pollution. A workshop for area teachers using existing curriculum is followed by training in air quality issues via the Website. The teacher education project is the first of a number of public education projects developed through the Quad Cities Air Quality Task Force.


Emporia State University - $5,000
John Richard Schrock
Division of Biological Sciences
Emporia, KS 66801

Water Treatment Plant

The Kansas School Naturalist publication will run an issue on How a Water Treatment Plant Works, providing information on the most advanced ozone disinfectant process. This publication is distributed free to teachers in the Great Plains region and is used by many teachers to include the information into classroom lessons.

Southeast Kansas Education Service Center - $4,355
Mike Bodensteiner
947 W. Highway 57
Girard, KS 66743

Development of Leopold Education Project in Kansas

This program will train teachers about the Leopold Education Project, which creates an awareness of conservation and environmental issues. Teachers gain an understanding of Leopold's classic "land ethic" and translate it into hands-on activities that deal with direct experiences in the natural world. Four eight-hour in-service workshops are offered during the year.

Friends of Great Plains Nature Center - $5,000
Joyce Lent
6232 E. 29th St. N.
Wichita, KS 67220

Earth Wellness Program

This project is designed to make seventh-grade students aware of environmental issues and give them tools to identify, prevent or solve environmental problems. The project will supply 30 Sedgwick County Schools with activity kits to be used by 1,000 teachers and students. Partnerships in this grant are Sedgwick County Extension Service, Wichita/Sedgwick County Health Department, and Wichita State University.

Wichita/Sedgwick County Department of Community Health - $4,895
Nancy Larson
1900 E. Ninth St.
Wichita, KS 67214

Environmental Education for Dry Cleaner Business Owners

The project includes workshops for area dry-cleaning and related businesses. The education focus is improving the quality of ground water in Sedgwick County and reducing the occupational health risks associated with the dry-cleaning chemical perchloroethylene. Outreach activities include workshops, videos and technical assistance to dry cleaners and related industries. Partners in the project include Tristate Chemicals, The Center for Neighborhood Technology, the University of Kansas School of Medicine and the Kansas Small Business Environmental Assistance Program.

Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE) - $20,200
Laura Downey
2610 Claflin Road
Manhattan, KS 66502

Development & Dissemination of Kansas Environmental Education Standards and Correlation to EE Materials

This project integrates environmental education (EE) into the K-12 educational system in Kansas. Efforts center on demonstrating the power of EE to help achieve state-mandated standards and facilitating the use of the materials by providing teachers with specific tools. Target audiences are K-12 teachers. EE standards and correlations will be delivered to Kansas teachers in cooperation with the Kansas Department of Education. Further efforts will be through contacts at workshops, conferences and presentations.


Cooperating School Districts - $23,870
Glenda Abney
7525 Sussex Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63143

Integration of Environmental Education Programs into Missouri Statewide Education Standards

The project promotes environmental education in the state-mandated performance-based curricula. Two in-service sessions are being offered in three school districts in the St. Louis area: one urban, one suburban, one rural. Follow-up consultations are offered to individual teachers. Approximately 5,250 students will use the materials. Partners are Mid-America Energy and Resource Partners, the Regional Professional Development Center within the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Missouri Environmental Education Association.

Missouri Environmental Education Association - $5,000
Virginia Wallace
PO Box 104505
Jefferson City, MO 65110

Missouri Leadership Clinic to Implement Environmental Education programs in Communities

This project builds state capacity by offering a four-day leadership clinic modeled after the National Environmental Education Advancement Project (NEEAP). The target audience is 30 participants in 10 teams of three from across the state. The teams receive training in environmental education issues to implement projects in their communities.

Scenic Rivers Stream Team Association - $4,602
Carol Childress
PO Box 1262
Mountain View, MO 65548

Getting Into Water

The project is a three-day college-credit course to provide training and education materials to 20 middle-school teachers from 45 school districts in the watershed of the Current and Eleven Point rivers. These teachers can provide water education to approximately 600 students each year. The additional partners for this program are Lincoln University, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Missouri Department of Conservation and the National Park Service.

Southwest Missouri State University - $4,855
Janice Greene
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65804

Increasing Environmental Education in Pre-Service Teacher Preparation

This project is a workshop to improve environmental education teaching skills of pre-service teachers who are enrolled in college science, social studies and language arts teaching methods courses. They are certified through the workshop as facilitators for Project WET, WILD and Missouri Project Learning Tree. This project is an extension of a partnership with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Missouri Department of Conservation.

Wyman Center, Inc. - $5,000
Bridget Lenhardt
600 Eureka Road
Eureka, MO 63025

Wyman Adventures Program

The project is an extracurricular science education program for 30 students, grades 5-8, from Toussaint L'Ouverture Middle School. The activities include after-school adventures, day trips and overnight trips. Program objectives include an awareness and understanding of the environment, improved school attendance and improved grades in science.


Central Community College - $8,770
Nancy Bjorkland
PO Box 4903
Grand Island, NE 68802

Teacher Training re: Air, Water, and Land Quality Issues

This project is for 20 four-hour workshops at public schools within the Central Community College and Education Service Unit 9 areas. Attendees are educators, students, parents and other community members. A one-week course is held after the workshops for 20 educators to do additional in-service training. The goal is to improve teaching skills and to meet state science standards. A third member of the partnership is Hastings College.

Imperial Grade School - $23,558
Paul Ekberg
520 E. Ninth
Imperial, NE 69033

Light Dam Environmental Education Project

This project establishes a six-member environmental research team from six schools in Kansas and Nebraska. The goal is to gather baseline data from a selected study area to research the effects of confined livestock activities with drainage that eventually reaches Enders Reservoir. Participants will use multi-media capabilities to develop an environmental enhancement plan for the area. Partnerships include Nebraska and Kansas game and parks agencies, Imperial, the Nebraska Environmental Trust, the University of Nebraska, the Upper Republican Natural Resources and the Nebraska Resource and Conservation Service.

Nebraska State 4-H Camp - $4,960
Bernie Lorkovic
PO Box 87
Halsey, NE 69124

Naturelink, An Outdoor Education Weekend for Families

NatureLink provides an outdoor educational experience to urban and suburban families from culturally diverse backgrounds. The weekend includes workshops where parents experience the outdoors with their children. The intergenerational participation reinforces the message that natural resources need protection for future generations. Partners include Big Brothers and Big Sisters organizations.

Thurston County Cooperative Extension - $5,000
Janet Nielsen
303 Administration
Lincoln, NE 68683

Environmental Education Workshops for Fourth- and Fifth-grade Native Americans

The project involves three daylong workshops for students and teachers from Umonhon Public School. They will be trained to identify pollution and work on solutions. The educational priority is environmental justice and raising student awareness of their historical connection to the earth. Partners include the Omaha Tribe, Omaha Boys and Girls Club Youth Center, and the Carl T. Curtis Health Center Education Program.

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