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Region 1: EPA New England

Environmental Education Grants Federal Fiscal Year 1992

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Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
Office of Environmental Education
65 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
Contact: Steven Fish

Grant Amount: $24,000

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection developed and made available to organizations and schools in the state three versions of a novel computerized environmental education program. The Program, called Healthy Planet/Healthy People, has versions for youth in grades 5-9, a general version for adults, and a condensed version for adults addressing air quality. Participants answer a series of questions relating to environmental issues which are processed by computer equipment at the site to produce individualized responses. A brochure was developed for distribution to schools and organizations, and training manuals were prepared.

Rainbow Recycling, Inc.
44 Judson Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
Contact: Jake Weinstein

Grant Amount: $5,000

Rainbow Recycling, Inc., and Students United for a Rebirth of Excellence (SURE) focused on a project that introduced ongoing community youth groups to the issue of solid waste reduction through a planned curriculum. The emphasis was on household and neighborhood sources of solid waste, and how these can be eliminated or recycled. Students received training in business skills, recycling, and composting. In particular, they designed, built, and marketed special bins for composting household garbage.

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Cumberland County Soil & Water
Conservation District
381 Main Street, Suite 3
Gorham, ME 04038
Contact: Betty Farley

Grant Amount: $5,000

The District designed a project which developed and disseminated an integrated, goal-oriented, soil and water conservation education curriculum for grades 9-12. This curriculum brought together information from the many agencies and organizations, emphasized local resources, and focused on investigation skills, evaluation skills and citizen action.

Maine Audubon Society
118 U.S. Route One
P.O. Box 6009
Falmouth, ME 04105
Contact: William Hancock

Grant Amount: $4,998

The Maine Audubon Society provided relevant and accessible educational materials and programs to a statewide audience of teachers and concerned community members. The materials and programs included a current collection of wetlands curricula, slide shows, videos, brochures, and posters made available at an environmental center in Maine. More than 5,000 people were educated by this Wetland's Education Project.

Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association
P.O. Box 2176
Augusta, ME 04338
Contact: Nancy Ross

Grant Amount: $5,000

The "Seed-To-Table Farm Stewardship Exhibition" succeeded in making consumers, farmers, and others aware of the environmental impacts of their food choices. The Exhibit, a portable walk-through display, premiered at the Common Ground Fair, traveled to major agricultural and environmental events across New England, and used models, games, stories, photos, and performers to demonstrate how farming practices damage or protect natural ecosystems. A "Seed-To-Table" curriculum package was sent in advance of the Fair to 200 schools that bring schoolchildren to the event.

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Division of Information & Education
284 State St., Station 41
Augusta, ME 04333
Contact: Lisa J. Kane

Grant Amount: $3,750

The Department created a "Wetlands and Wildlife Interpretation Area" at the Fish and Wildlife Center in Gray, ME, to demonstrate ways in which the general public can improve or enhance wetland habitat in order to attract wildlife. Maine prison laborers built a boardwalk and Department staff designed and installed signage for visitors to read as they stroll along the boardwalk. More than 80,000 visitors come annually to the Center.

Saint Joseph's College
Department of Biology
278 Whites Bridge Rd.
Windham, ME 04062-1198
Contact: Dr. Ray P. Gerber

Grant Amount: $5,000

This grant allowed the college to incorporate satellite imagery remote sensing into the curriculum of its environmental science courses. Students applied remote sensing techniques to the analysis of wetlands and studied the potential impact of humans on these habitats. Besides the satellite images, the students used a wide variety of information and both field and laboratory methods in conducting their analyses.

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Commonwealth Zoological Corporation
Franklin Park Zoo
Suffolk County
Boston, MA
Contact: Charles Desmond

Grant Amount: $13,340

The "Black Scientists in the Environment Festival" provided an educational and fun-filled environmental science program for urban, minority youth. The scientists, most of whom were from the U.S. EPA's New England regional office, served as role models in the sciences for the children of racial groups who have been under-represented in the environmental field. The event provided easily-accessible environmental education programs during the winter school vacation week for children in the ethnically diverse neighborhoods adjacent to the zoo.

Massachusetts Audubon Society
Environmental Affairs Office
414 Massasoit Road
Worcester, MA 01604
Contact: Donna Williams

Grant Amount: $5,000

The "Blackstone River Watershed Education Project" prepared high school teachers and students in urban Worcester, MA, in addition to students in other towns along the Blackstone River, to conduct an intensive study of the Blackstone River watershed through a water quality monitoring and computer networking project. Students learned the concept of a watershed and that what happens upstream affects what is downstream.

Reading Public Schools
Reading Memorial High School
62 Oakland Road
Reading, MA 01867
Contact: Leo P. Kenney

Grant Amount: $5,000

The "Vernal Pool Curriculum Project" involved high school students in Middlesex and Essex counties in vernal pool certification, the gathering of basic data on vernal pools, and the independent investigation of vernal pool organisms and habitat. Workshops in vernal pool certification and habitat were presented at interested schools. The project manager and trained students acted as resources throughout the field season to help with data gathering and certification.

Massachusetts Audubon Society
Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary
127 Combs Road
Easthampton, MA 01027
Contact: Anthony Symasko

Grant Amount: $4,958

This project designed and demonstrated a hands-on, multi-disciplinary water quality assessment curriculum for fifth grade students in public elementary schools. The program included extensive curriculum development, teacher training, and a long-term water quality analysis project performed by students. The program increased public awareness of water resources and showed the relationship between human social change, environmental change, and the water quality of wetlands and bodies of water.

Massachusetts Audubon Society
Blue Hills Trailside Museum
1904 Canton Avenue
Milton, MA 02186
Contact: Patti Steinman

Grant Amount: $5,000

The "Endangered Species Habitat Destruction Project" introduced and fostered an awareness of endangered and threatened species through a live animal visit to fourth-grade classrooms. The program also included a classroom field trip that focused on actual factors leading to species decline and a day-long environmental education workshop for classroom teachers. The project served nearly 500 fourth grade students from seven schools in the Brockton Public School System, an urban environment with many bilingual and special needs youths.

Boston Public Schools
West Roxbury High School
1205 V.F.W. Parkway
Boston, MA 02132
Contact: Susan Friel or Robert Capuano

Grant Amount: $5,000

This interdisciplinary environmental science program included ninth grade english, special ed, earth science, and conservation classes. The project explored, surveyed, assessed, and upgraded environmental quality of the West Roxbury high school campus and the surrounding "urban wilds." The project made the students aware of the major topics of environmental science and resources management. It also improved the overall quality of the school campus and its surroundings.

Quebec-Labrador Foundation, Inc.
Atlantic Center for the Environment
39 South Main Street
Ipswich, MA 01938
Contact: Elliott Gimble

Grant Amount: $84,125

The Atlantic Center for the Environment produced a model community-based environmental education and river conservation project in northern New England and eastern Canada: the "Atlantic Riverkeepers Program." The goal of the Riverkeepers Program was to protect and enhance the integrity and health of rivers and special riparian landscapes through innovative, comprehensive environmental education programs that stimulate greater community involvement and conservation leadership. The rivers included the St. John, the St. Croix, and the Connecticut.

Technical Education Research Center (TERC)
2067 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02140
Contact; June Foster

Grant Amount: $99,988

This project mounted a major program, "Smog Watch", involving youngsters and their families at 11 museums and science/nature centers nationwide in the study of ground-level ozone, a key component of smog. Participants learned the causes and effects of ozone as well as individual lifestyle changes appropriate for dealing with the ozone problem. Television meteorologists in each location reported ozone data collected by families, broadcasted brief segments showing families in action, and provided information on the causes, effects, and distribution of smog.

New Hampshire

Harris Center for Conservation Education
King's Highway, Rte. 1, Box 733
Hancock, NH 03449
Contact: Marian K. Baker

Grant Amount: $17,620

This project involved high school students conducting research and measuring different parameters of ambient air quality in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire. The project also involved interdisciplinary learning, analysis of data, and data exchange via computer. It fostered an understanding of the Clean Air Act and air quality issues. It encouraged students to train further in science. It trained teachers and facilitated cooperation and communication among five different school districts.

Lake Sunapee Protective Association
P.O. Box 21
Georges Mills, NH 03751
Contact: Paul E. Grevstad

Grant Amount: $4,993

This project involved junior and senior high school students in all aspects of lake and stream ecology. It also supported 15 lake associations in New Hampshire's west-central region in their work to protect and enhance the water quality of their lakes. The Regional Environmental Laboratory was established at Sunapee's high school and is capable of producing high quality, reliable analyses of water samples submitted by the region's lakes.

Proctor Academy
Environmental Program
Box 500
Andover, NH 03216
Contact: Nelson Lebo

Grant Amount: $3,000

This environmental outreach program was directed at middle and high schools in northern New England and introduced the environment in a way that inspired interest and imagination, increased awareness and knowledge, and motivated students to work individually and collectively towards solutions of current environmental problems and the prevention of new ones. The outreach program included an initial large group presentation followed by various activities for smaller student groups. It also involved the creation of environmental lesson plans tailored for various subjects, including among others, math and english.

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Rhode Island

Childhood Lead Action Project
421 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI 02907
Contact: Eleanor Freda

Grant Amount: $5,000

This project expanded an inner-city grassroots lead prevention educational effort by implementing programs engaged in the prevention of childhood lead poisoning in Rhode Island. Educational programs were conducted in community settings for parents of young children at risk for lead poisoning. They also targeted parents of lead- burdened children to prevent further exposure to lead.

Community Preparatory School, Inc.
126 Somerset Street
Providence, RI 02907
Contact: Christine Luke

Grant Amount: $12,500

The "EarthWorks" project integrated an environmental education component into Community Preparatory School's existing curriculum for students in grades 4-8. EarthWorks served as a model, especially for inner-city schools, for encouraging and assisting teachers with non-scientific backgrounds to utilize and incorporate existing environmental education curriculums with their subjects.

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Montshire Museum of Science
P.O. Box 770
Norwich, VT 05055
Contact: David Goudy

Grant Amount: $13,500

The Museum collaborated with the Town of Hartford, VT, and developed a curriculum that utilized the Town's waste disposal facilities for 5th and 6th grade environmental education. The program enhanced student understanding of environmental issues relating to solid waste reduction and disposal, recycling, pollution of ground and surface waters, and other problems of waste in our modern society.

University of Vermont & State Agricultural College
Department of Geography
112 Old Mill Building
Burlington, VT 05405-0114
Contact: Dr. Aulis Lind

Grant Amount: $4,986

This project focused on a teacher training institute involving methods and techniques of environmental analysis as applied to water resources and water problems within Vermont. Water resource problems in light of land development and the processes attending urbanization were stressed in the workshop and seminar.

Vermont Public Interest
Research Group (VPIRG)
P.O. Box 721
Bellows Falls, VT 05101
Contact: Michael A. Veitch

Grant Amount: $4,050

"Missing Links: A Community Outreach, Education and Training Program" closed the gap between the citizens' desire to implement sound waste reduction and recycling, and their level of knowledge and ability to accomplish those goals. Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG) helped form working groups in the schools and communities of southern Vermont. Once organized, VPIRG provided ongoing technical support and follow-up contact with the groups' leaders

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