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Region 1: EPA New England

Environmental Education Grants Federal Fiscal Year 1993

Connecticut | Maine | Massachusetts | New Hampshire | Rhode Island | Vermont


Connecticut


20th Century Trends Institute, Inc.
720 West Lake Avenue
Guilford, CT 06437-1305
Contact: Mary McLaughlin

Grant Amount: $4,149

"The Source" Environmental Education Segment provided teachers of grades 5-8 at three intermediate schools in the New Haven school system, with access to a wide range of resources and perspectives on environmental topics. The program allowed teachers in this urban setting to incorporate lessons and activities more easily into all aspects of their curricula.

Connecticut Geographic Alliance
University of Connecticut
354 Mansfield Road
Storrs, CT 06269-2148
Contact; Judith W. Meyer

Grant Amount: $4,996

"Connecticut's River Basin: The Physical and Human Ecology of the Connecticut River" was a weekend advanced training institute for teachers of grades K-6. Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection experts led participants in a study of a variety of wetland and other habitats in the Basin, and demonstrated lessons that illustrated how the content can be used in the classroom.

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Maine


Dept. of Environmental Protection
1235 Central Drive
Presque Isle, ME 04769-2053
Contact: Nick Archer

Grant Amount: $3,000

"Mr. & Mrs. Fish," was a third grade water education program designed to introduce and teach water conservation, pollution prevention, and reuse. It utilized scripts tailored to specific geographic locations, and reached at least 400 students in rural Aroostook County during its first year. One character, Ebenezer Sewage, is visited by three aquatic spirits before he learns not to waste water which "all earthlings depend on for survival and sustenance."

Laudholm Trust
P.O. Box 1007
Wells, ME 04090
Contact: Henrietta E. List

Grant Amount: $5,000

"Pathway to Change" expanded an outreach program that had already reached 6000 K-6 students in eight school districts since 1990. It provided a Summer Teaching Institute for grades 7-12, teaching what estuaries are, why they are important, and how each of us affects and is affected by the health of estuaries. The program enabled teachers to enhance their understanding of the science of ecology and critical thinking skills.

Threshold to Maine RC&D Area
67 Shaker Road
Gray, ME 04039
Contact: Jim Chandler

Grant Amount: $5,000

This group developed and offered a hands-on environmental decision-making institute for high school teachers to strengthen the "Maine ENVIROTHON," a competition focusing on environmental assessment and problem solving in the areas of soil, water, forestry, and wildlife. The institute was designed to enhance teaching skills by involving the teachers in real-life problem situations and data gathering, such as watershed survey work, habitat analysis, coupled with current case studies.

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Massachusetts


Appalachian Mountain Club
5 Joy Street
Boston, MA 02108
Contact: Walter Graff

Grant Amount: $5,000

"North Country Environmental Education Network" was a new education program for secondary school teachers. The project was designed to launch a resource center for the 37 secondary schools in northern New Hampshire. It filled an existing communication gap and promoted environmental education through a newsletter and bi-annual workshops. It provided teachers with up-to-date information, and created a forum in which to share ideas about teaching methods.

Center for Ecological Technology, Inc.
112 Elm Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Contact: Amanda Graham

Grant Amount: $5,000

"Environmental Teleconference Project" involved the production and broadcast of interactive video teleconferences to high schools throughout Berkshire County. It was an innovative environmental education method, the purpose of which was to stimulate critical thinking and discussion about the impact of people on local, national, and global environmental issues.

Connecticut River Watershed Council, Inc.
One Ferry Street
Easthampton, MA 01027
Contact: Tom Miner

Grant Amount: $5,000

"The River That Connects Us" is a Connecticut River watershed curriculum. The Council created a model river education program that fostered an awareness and understanding of the watershed region which covers four states and 11,000 square miles. The Council's methods included teacher-training workshops, written material, and community presentations to encourage public involvement and participation in the program.

Franklin County Soil and Water
Conservation District
324 Wells Street
Greenfield, MA 01301
Contact: Lynn Rose

Grant Amount: $13,263

"Beyond 3 Rs", was a solid waste education program for grades 7-12 which provided students and teachers with the tools to make responsible environmental choices before, during, and after the point of purchase. It filled a gap in the region's middle and high school curricula.

Fund for Parks and Recreation
1010 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
Contact: Michael T. Quinn

Grant Amount: $5,000

This was a project to make the existing Boston Park Rangers' ENVIROCATION (Environmental Education) program more widespread and accessible in the Boston Public Schools. It created five 30-minute video lessons and materials aimed at 4th and 5th grade students and teachers. The Boston Park Ranger served as the adult role model, with 14-17 year old, primarily minority, youth serving as peer role models. The video program was promoted over the school system's cable TV channel and other methods.

The Children's Museum
300 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210-1034
Contact: Diane Willow

Grant Amount: $24,967

"Green Facts" was a three-part environmental survey leading to a teaching guide to make environmental content more accessible to children through public education. The program assessed what environmental information children know, what they have been exposed to, how they have internalized that information, and the level of understanding and misconceptions they possess. Results were made available to educators and museum professionals through national conferences, workshops, and direct mail.

Wilbraham Middle School
466 Stony Hill Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Contact: Tarin Weiss

Grant Amount: $5,000

This project developed an environmental education program for sixth grade science teachers, including the creation of an outdoor learning laboratory on school grounds. It encompassed a site assessment of the trail system, documenting the biology, geology, geography, land-use history, and meteorological specifics. The framework of the program was described through a teacher's guide, containing outlines for class activities.

Watertown Public Schools
Cunniff School
165 Warren Street
Watertown, MA 02172
Contact: Kevin Cushman

Grant Amount: $4,100

"Project CURRENT" (Community Use of River Resources for Encouraging Noteworthy Teaching) was a long-term, thematic multi-grade-level, project focusing on the Charles River. It involved a summer planning/professional development workshop, development of five activities (one each in science, math, social studies, language arts, and arts), a professional article on the effort, and a student-organized river resources day.

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New Hampshire


Association of Conservation Districts
Concord Center
P.O. Box 2042
Concord, NH 03302-2042
Contact: Dick Obyc

Grant Amount: $5,000

"New Hampshire ENVIROTHON" is a competitive high school educational program designed to increase responsible approaches to environmental issues through a hands-on and critical thinking skills approach to a wide range of natural resources management considerations. Twelve teams from ten schools competed in this year of the program. State winners competed in the National ENVIROTHON.

New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES)
P.O. Box 95, 6 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03301
Contact: Jody Connor

Grant Amount: $5,000

The "Interactive Lake Ecology Program" was designed for grades 5 through 8 to promote environmental consciousness through an understanding of human impact on lake ecosystems. It provides students with the knowledge they needed to make informed decisions, especially regarding their activities in and around lakes. It reached out to teachers and students in less advantaged school districts that demonstrate the most financial need. Teacher workshops were conducted with the active participation of DES biologists.

University of New Hampshire
Office of Sponsored Research
107 Service Building
Durham, NH 03824
Contact: Dr. Barrett Rock

Grant Amount: $24,995

"A Space Age Approach to Environmental Education" was a video-based environmental monitoring curriculum targeted to middle, junior high, and high school teachers across New England. The project supported production of two, 30-minute broadcast-quality television programs designed to show teachers how to incorporate environmental monitoring research activities into their science curricula.

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Rhode Island


Audubon Society of Rhode Island
12 Sanderson Road
Smithfield, RI 02917
Contact: Eugenia Marks

Grant Amount: $5,000

"Bay Animals Like It Clean and Salty" involved development of a curriculum and experiential kit about the effects of pollution in Narraganset Bay. The target audience, students in grades 7 and 8 and their teachers, learned about watershed pollution and its impact on the ecosystem of this and other estuaries.

Rhode Island Department
of Environmental Management
291 Promenade Street
Providence, RI 02908
Contact: Elizabeth Scott

Grant Amount: $14,525

"Water for Today and Tomorrow" involved dissemination of a water conservation curriculum, teacher training, and video production of an original musical puppet show entitled "Saven R. Drinkwater Speaks." It teaches primary grade children the basics of what water is, where it comes from, how it is used, where it goes, and how polluted water becomes reusable. The project involved training teachers and promoting the program statewide.

Rhode Island Zoological Society
Roger Williams Park Zoo
1000 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI 02907
Contact: Anne Savage

Grant Amount: $4,940

"An International Perspective on Water Conservation" involved monitoring ecosystems in Rhode Island and Colombia. The project included training teachers in both countries in water quality monitoring techniques, and exchanging data on selected local sites between schools. In this way, students sharing similar socioeconomic backgrounds not only address local environmental issues, but also explore global water conservation issues firsthand.

University of Rhode Island
Research Office
70 Lower College Road
Kingston, RI 02881
Contact: Ernest Morreira

Grant Amount: $4,979

The "Classroom Worm Composting Demonstration Project" provided teachers with a curriculum, materials and equipment, along with training and support in their use. It enables them to educate 4th through 9th graders in municipal solid waste. The worm, as a "natural waste manager," was the focus for teaching the concepts and practices of environmental risk reduction of solid waste.

University of Rhode Island
Office of Global Change
South Ferry Road
Narragansett, RI 02882
Contact: Lynne Carter Hanson

Grant Amount: $140,447

The "Middle School Teacher Institute on Global Change and Health Issues" was designed to supplement the current state-mandated health curricula for grades 5-8 by providing teachers with the scientific knowledge and educational resources to introduce global environmental issues into health and fitness programs. Activities and materials were developed in workshops by 12 teams of four teachers each, and then were formally incorporated into the required curricula for all of Rhode Island's middle school health programs.

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Vermont


Vermont Land Trust, Inc.
8 Bailey Avenue
Montpelier, VT 05602
Contact: Preston Bristow

Grant Amount: $4,725

The "Monitor Training Curriculum and Handbook" project developed a training program for human monitors of conservation easements held on 280 privately-owned properties in the state. Monitors included community volunteers, local land trust organizations, town conservation commissions, and student interns. Broadening the monitoring effort to keep up with a growing number of conserved properties required formalization of the training.

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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