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Environmental Education Grants Federal Fiscal Year 2001

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Connecticut


Colchester Public Schools
Amount: $5,000
127 Norwich Avenue
Colchester, CT 06415

Project Steward: A School and Community Environmental Partnership.
Colchester recently purchased an 111- acre open-space property which is expected to become an environmental classroom for the entire community. Using the Coverts Project model (developed through UCONN Cooperative Extension), selected teachers and students will learn about the physical features and organisms of the property. The trained stewards will work with DEP Goodwin Conservation Center on further development of lesson plans that relate to open-space and land management. 80 teachers and over 100 students are expected to participate in the pilot year.

Hartford Public Library
Amount: $5,000
500 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06104

Environmental Literacy and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).
ESOL instructors will combine ESOL teaching methods, strategies and techniques with environmental education content and materials. Workshops will introduce ESOL instructors to existing EE materials that can be incorporated into their classes. Forty participants are expected to attend. The Hartford Library has partnered with CT DEP for the Hartford Neighborhood Environmental Project.

New Fairfield School District
Amount: $10,642
3 Brush Hill Road
New Fairfield, CT 06812

Project CLEAR: The Candlewood Lake Environmental Awareness and Responsibility Project.
An alliance of education, community, and environmental agencies organized to demonstrate and disseminate a model watershed protection education initiative for K-12 schools and the 5 communities surrounding Candlewood Lake. This project will develop inquiry-based environmental education programs in the schools and communities surrounding Candlewood Lake to foster widespread support for and involvement in watershed protection programs. K-12 educators and community representatives will become trained in Project WET. A core group of teachers will infuse Project WET into the curriculum at specific grade levels. Schools will partner with community organizations to provide field experiences in water activities. A minimum of 15 educators and 700 students in grades 5, 6, 9 and 11 will participate in the project.

CT Department of Public Health
Amount: $18,360
410 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06134

This environmental education project will educate cultually diverse, low-income families on how to identify and manage indoor air pollutants that contribute to the exacerbation of asthma in children. The program will focus on educating families who live in dwelling units targeted by the City of Hartford Health Department (HHD) for lead-based-paint hazard reduction, under separate funding by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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Maine


Morris Farm Trust, Inc.
Amount: $14,700
Wiscasset, ME 04578

Ecological Forestry & Agriculture for Rural Maine (Eco-FARM).
The Morris Farm Trust in partnership with many organizations will work with teachers to employ the farm=s facilities, property and operations as a way to explore concepts like sustainable agriculture, forest ecology, energy efficiency, and natural resource management, as well as meeting the State of Maine Educational Frameworks. Through several learning projects students will find real solutions to real challenges facing farm operations.

Quebec-Labrador Foundation
Amount: $12,000
55 South Main Street
Ipswich, MA 01938

The Bays Stewardship Network.
(This grantee is from Massachusetts, but all work on the project will be conducted in Maine). This project will encourage a sense of environmental stewardship and connection toward the Cobscook and Passamoquoddy Bays. 100 teachers and students in at least 7 Washington County, Maine and New Brunswick, Canada communities are expected to participate in training workshops and research projects on environmental issues pertaining to the bays.

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Massachusetts


Bristol Community College
Amount: $10,000
777 Elsbree Street
Fall River, MA 02720

Improving Water Quality and Protecting Wetlands.
A series of 10 forums with expert presenters and panelists will provide educational experiences in the development and implementation of sound water quality and wetland protection issues for the southeastern Massachusetts watersheds region.

Community Foundation of Southern Massachusetts
Amount: $5,000
227 Union Street, Suite 609
New Bedford, MA 02740

The Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance (SEEAL) Watershed Expedition.
This 23-member organization will strive to encourage environmental awareness and stewardship in the area, particularly in watershed protection. Urban high school students and teachers will work together on a five-day program exploring the environmental issues of the Acushnet, Slocum, and Paskemanset Rivers, Aponagansett and Cedar Swamp and Turner Pond. Students will use topography maps, charts, and GIS information to look at habitats for protection of drinking water supplies as well as watersheds and salt water estuaries

Earthworks Projects, Inc.
Amount: $5,000
34 Linwood Street
Roxbury, MA 02119

Schoolyard After-school Program.
Earthworks will strive to create a healthy, sustainable urban environment through neighborhood and school-based tree plantings and environmental education programs. Earthworks will expand its extremely successful after-school gardening program to three new urban elementary schools. The schoolyard orchards curricula meets the Massachusetts state science frameworks and learning standards.

Mystic River Watershed Association, Inc.
Amount: $5,000
20 Academy Street, Suite 203
Arlington, MA 02476

New Century Environmental Leadership Institute (NCELI).
The Mystic River Watershed Association formed the Institute along with Tufts University. The goal of the Institute is to equip participatiing students with tools to become professionals and leaders in watershed restoration research, policy development, and environmental education. This will afford the student a richer and more complex understanding of the responsibilities and challenges of environmental professionals.

Sharon Public Schools
Amount: $5,000
1 School Street
Sharon, MA 02067

Environmental Education through Field Research.
This organization will introduce and intergrate outdoor environmental education through field research and/or outdoor education at grades 3,5,7, and 10. This group will also develop a strategy to incorporate environmental education into the 10th grade biology classes, provide training for secondary and elementary teachers, and increased awareness to students and the community of the local, natural environment through a variety of media.

South Shore Natural Science Center
Amount:$8,142
Jacobs Lane
Norwell, MA 02061

Willow Brook Farm Preserve: A Communit Resource.
The Science Center, along with the Town of Pembroke, will develop an environmental program at the Willow Brook Farm Preserve which will provide professional development workshops and activities for teachers. Over 400 Pembroke and Hanover 3rd and 4th grade students are also expected to participate along with parent-chaperones.

Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development (SRPEDD)
Amount: $4,784
88 Broadway
Taunton, MA 02780

Youth Involved in Community Planning Partnership with Taunton Boys and Girls Club.SRPEDD along with the Boys and Girls Club of Taunton, through an after-school program for 10-13 year olds, will offer a series of hands-on learning experiences on land use planning with examples from their own community.

St. Joseph's School
Amount: $4,095
555 Washington Street,
Quincy, MA 02169

Earth Week 2002 in Quincy, Massachusetts.
The City of Quincy will host an Earth Week to educate the community and students about environmental and health issues in their city. Three schools will host one of the three major events planned for the week. Some of the activities include: a Whale Day on ocean life protection, forest protection, Yard Day on disposal of hazardous wastes and how to protect the environment in your yard, and Boston Harbor Islands history and cleanup.

Triton Regional School District
Amount: $5,000
112 Elm Street
Byfield, MA 01922

Newbury Elementary School Environmental Education Project Outdoor Classroom.
An outdoor classromm will be developed at the Newbury Elementary School to provde an inquiry approach for learners to obtain knowledge and skills that allow them to adopt lifelong appreciation of the environment. A pumkin patch, butterfly garden, composting program, and birdhouse area are planned as part of the outdoor classroom.

Westport River Watershed Alliance (WRWA)
Amount: $5,000
1151 Main Road
Westport, MA 02790-0703

Watershed Education Program (WEP): Grade 5 Dune Grass Restoration Field Study.
WRWA will focus on promoting environmental integrity, advocating stewardship of the watershed's natural resources, and educating the public about the interrelations of our water, soils, plants, animals, and people. WRWA has developed the Watershed Education Program and worked with the Westport schools to incorporate this curricula into the school system. WRWA is expanding the WEP curriculum to include a 5th grade field study program to provide hands-on, field-oriented and applied learning opportunities outside the classroom. Over 150 students, 20 parents, and 6 teachers are expected to participate in this expansion.

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New Hampshire


Audubon Society of New Hampshire
Amount: $12,500
3 Silk Farm Road
Concord, NH 03301

The Northern New England Science Center Collaborative: Docent Training Program.
The Collaborative was formed to examine the issue of global warming. The goal is to further develop their scientific model of science education which studies a specific environmental issue by linking research institutions to science centers and the public. This project proposes a training program for docents and teachers focusing on current climate change concepts, potential changes to the region's ecosystem, and exposes science center staff to cutting-edge science in climate change being conducted in New England.

Merrimack River Watershed Council
Amount: $10,419
181 Canal Street
Lawrence, MA 01842

The Pilot Teacher Training Project (PTTP).
(This grantee is from Massachusetts, but all work on the project will be conducted in New Hampshire). This project will consist of 3 teacher workshops for at least 20 eighth grade Manchester, New Hampshire educators to implement the Merrimack River MATTERS (Manchester Actions That Totally Enhance River Sytems) environmental education curriculum.

New Hampshire Project Learning Tree
Amount: $5,000
54 Portsmouth Street
Concord, NH 03301

Focus on New Hampshire Forests.
This project will raise awareness and understanding among teachers and students about important environmental New Hampshire forest issues. PLT will develop fact sheets and resource lists that examine these contemporary issues. The fact sheets and lists will then be used in PLT's teaching modules.

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Rhode Island


Groundwork Providence, Inc.
Amount: $13,977
69 Washington Street
Providence, RI 02903

Mashapaug Pond Nature Center Summer Camp Program.
Efforts are underway to create an educational garden and trails at Mashapaug Pond in Providence. Thirty Green Team inner-city youth will work throughout the city in the 2001 summer to create a new environmental education component for the boating center at the pond. Youth will be trained in brownfield sites, water quality, native and non-native plant species, and recreational and educational use of open green space.

Providence College
Amount: $4,963
549 River Avenue
Providence, RI 02918

Community-based Network to Monitor Birds as Indicators of PCB Contamination.
PCBs accumulate in the body tissues and are prevalent in animals at the top of the food chain. This project outlines a three-stage examination of herring gulls and common terns around Narragansett Bay. It analyzes PCB levels in bird carcasses and eggs, counts gulls and tern populations in contaminated areas, and establishes a network of community observers to accumulate a database on bird plumage as an indicator of PCB contamination in Narragansett Bay.

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Vermont


Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium
Amount: $5,000
1302 Main Street
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819

Teaching Tools for Sustainable Forestry.
A project to a) purchase instructional and inquiry-based tools for field and classroom study of sustainable forestry; b) support a Museum partnership with consulting foresters and a wildlife ecologist to produce a week-long professional development course on sustainable forestry for teachers in the four-state Northern Forest region; and c) disseminate in print and on the world wide web an instructional guide focusing on sustainable forestry and encouraging inquiry-based, standards-linked classroom and outdoor study.

Shelburne Farms
Amount: $5,000
1611 Harbor Road
Shelburne, VT 05482

Place-based Landscape Analysis and Community Education (PLACE) Program.
A new community-based environmental education model by Shelburne Farms and University of Vermont's Natural Areas Center. PLACE will bring together K-12 teachers, parents, civic leaders, and residents for a series of lectures and hands-on field trips exploring the natural and cultural history of their community. Shelburne Farms will work with teachers to develop standards-based curricula that engages K-12 students in real-world environmental issues in their community.

Vermont Forum on Sprawl
Amount: $10,000
110 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401

"Way to Grow" Public Education Project Regarding Sprawl.
This organization will expand its "Way to Grow" program to include: 1) twelve monthly events to take place in 12 different regions of the state, 2) a six-part series of op-ed pieces in six weekly newspapers, and 3) improvements in their web page. The purpose of this program is to increase awareness of what individuals can do about sprawl in their communities.

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