Region 1: EPA New England
2005 Environmental Education Grants
New Haven Ecology Project, Inc. (NHEP)
Grant Amount: $5,000
358 Sprinside Avenue
New Haven, CT 06515
Building on an extremely successful event, three to four hundred students in grades 1-4 are expected to participate in NHEP’s annual Earth Day event. Participants learn about ecosystem protection, water/air/diesel pollution, hazardous waste recycling, nutrient recycling, natural resources, and stewardship for their own neighborhood.
Yale University/Peabody Museum of Natural History
Grant Amount: $34,945
155 Whitney Avenue, PO Box 208337
New Haven, CT 06520
This organization, partnering with Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, New Haven Public Schools, National Marine Fisheries Service and CT Department of Environmental Protection, provides middle and high school students an after-school and summer program to explore the natural and environmental sciences while learning about associated majors and careers. Issues of local importance (i.e. air pollution, asthma triggers, lead paint, radon) are discussed. Ninety students from at least 6 local middle and high schools participate.
MDI Water Quality Coalition
Grant Amount: $32,426
PO Box 911
Mt. Desert, ME 04660
MDI, partnering with School Union 98 ( Mt. Desert schools), expands the current service learning environmental education projects. Third graders stencil storm drains. Sixth/seventh graders monitor for red tide organisms. Eighth graders monitor water quality in streams and ponds. Tenth graders participate in swim beach monitoring. MDI enriches these programs training of the teachers and fuller discussions with the students to develop greater stewardship. Two publications will be printed on MDI’s environmental stewardship service learning projects and its youth watershed forum it hosts. Over 350 students and nine teachers expected to participate in these projects.
Washington County Soil & Water Conservation District
Grant Amount: $9,991
51 Court Street, PO Box 121
Machais, ME 04656
This organization is one of 16 districts working to promote the conservations and stewardship of soil, water, and related natural resources. The goal of this project is to identify, assess, and prioritize statewide natural resources education needs, evaluate conservation districts programs that address the statewide needs, and prepare an implementation plan for accomplishing the coordinated educational programming. Facilitated stakeholder meetings provide the basis for developing the implementation plan.
Grant Amount: $20,000
34 Linwood Street
Boston, MA 02119
Earthworks expands its Outdoor Classroom Program to include a teacher-in-training component. Currently, students in a limited number of 2/3 grade classes in three Boston schools receive weekly hands-on lessons from Earthworks staff on nature, ecology, and stewardship for their schoolyard and neighborhood orchards. Additional staff team teach with classroom teachers on the Outdoor Classroom Program to include every grade and every class (K-5) in the three Boston schools Earthworks is presently assisting. Over 1500 students and 118 teachers will be served by this program.
Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center (GMHC)
Grant Amount: $9,772
23 Harbor Loop
Gloucester, MA 01930
GMHC, partnering with Rockport High School, MIT Sea Grant Hatchery, and MA Office of Coastal Zone Management, implements a program in which Rockport High School’s aquaculture classes grow eelgrass from seed and replant them in designated local waters.
Two teachers attend a 5-day workshop on this program. Students learn the different forms of eelgrass, how it grows, creates a critical marine habitat, filters out pollutants becoming an indicator of water quality, and prevents erosion. Over 40 students are served by this project.
Grant Amount: $12,200
11 Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116
This project makes stakeholders the most educated in creating the most cost effective solutions to adapting to changes in our climate. Coastal zone, forestry, and agriculture sectors tend to be vulnerable to changes in the climate. By targeting educators in these sectors greater awareness is developed to find solutions to reduce current and future impacts.
Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC)
Grant Amount: $10,575
PO Box 298
Gorham, NH 03581
AMC expands its current Mountain Watch program, in which visibility volunteers help monitor air quality on mountains and ridgelines, to its 16 fire towers and other key vista locations. Partnering with NH Department of Environmental Services and NH Department of Resource and Economic Development, AMC educates the public on fine particulate pollution (regional haze) and air quality and its causes, health effects, and steps the public can take to improve the situation.
Childhood Lead Action Project
Grant Amount: $15,594
1192 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02909
Owners in RI are required by law to take a lead awareness course. This organization is creating and developing a video on lead save work practices for use in the 3-hour Lead Hazard Mitigation Course and to educate course instructors. This video compliments the existing educational materials while educating owners on safe lead work practices. Over 2,000 owners required to take the course will see this video.
Groundwork Providence, Inc. (GWP)
Grant Amount: $9,497
69 Washington Street
Providence, RI 02903
GWP’s Education team, consisting of 7 underserved high school age youth, partnering with Providence Neighborhood Planting Program and RI Tree Council develop activities and hands-on service projects to teach the importance of clean, safe, and beautified neighborhoods to elementary-middle school children and neighborhood groups. The E-team youth and 60 elementary and middle school children work throughout the summer and academic year on the environmental stewardship tree program. The goals of this project are to create, develop, and implement tree steward program through weekly meetings with the elementary-middle school students, create a similar program for neighborhood groups receiving street tree grants, develop plans for sustainable tree plantings surrounding the schools where they teach, and lead tree plantings in school yards and neighborhoods where they work.
Strafford Historical Society, Inc.
Grant Amount: $10,000
PO Box 100
Strafford, VT 05072
This organization is producing and distributing 3 documentaries on Vermont’s copper mining industry (1-hour documentary for general public and two twenty minutes educational documentaries for school age youth). The documentaries aim to educate citizens and students on the complexity of land use issues and raise awareness of mining’s potential effects on the environment. Strafford Historical Society intends to have over 30 viewings of the documentary in Vermont and New Hampshire. Also local schools are incorporating the films in their environmental science classes. It is anticipated 25,000 viewers will see the documentary through the different viewing and on VT and NH public access cable stations.
Vermont Association of Conservation Districts
Grant Amount: $10,000
487 Rowell Hill Road
Berlin, VT 05602
This organization hosts the Vermont Envirothon which allows students to gain knowledge, skills, and willingness to participate in natural resources problem solving issues. Students learn about aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife, and a fifth topic which changes on an annual basis. This year it’s “Water Stewardship in a Changing Climate”. Five high school students with a teacher advisor form a team to compete. Activities include curriculum from in-class and hands-on field experiences. More than 500 students from over 20 area schools have participated in the event.
Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Inc. (VINS)
Grant Amount: $10,000
2723 Church Hill Road
Woodstock, VT 05091
Over 30 years ago, VINS developed the Environmental Learning for the Future (ELF) curriculum to bring students in kindergarten –sixth grade out of the classroom to learn about and explore nature in school yard and neighborhoods. Specially trained parents and other community volunteers teach the ELF program. This initial year of a three year project expands the ELF curriculum by developing supplemental activities and materials for urban and suburban elementary students participating in ELF. Schools in Lebanon, NH and Rutland, VT are participating in this expansion. ELF encompasses five concepts – cycles, habitat, adaptations, designs of nature and Earth & Sky. At completion of the project 675 students, 65 adult volunteers and 30 classroom teachers will have worked with VINS on updating ELF for urban/suburban students.