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Environmental Education Grants Federal Fiscal Year 1994

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Farmington River Watershed Association
749 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, CT 06070
Contact: Maryon Attwood

Grant Amount: $4,975

The "Phase I Adopt-A Stream" portion of the Farmington River Green Way Project identified and created a plan to focus on the unprotected lower portion of the Farmington River. The project facilitated the partnership of diverse groups through environmental education and community stewardship activities. The groups targeted were civic groups, town officials, and businesses in seven area communities. An area including more than 600,000 people was impacted. The collection of natural resource data and the subsequent adoption of sections of the river by these different groups lead to a multi-town river corridor conservation plan.

The Nature Conservancy
Box 1162
Weston, CT 06883
Contact: Stephen R. Patton

Grant Amount: $4,586

The "Interactive Interpretive Trail Guide" provided visitors to the Devil's Den Preserve education in watershed protection, ecosystem function, and conservation of biological diversity. Through these interactive, outdoor education and walking tours, visitors of varying backgrounds learned about watersheds, habitats, and wildlife migratory routes on their own while walking a 2-mile loop within the 1,660-acre preserve.

Science Center of Connecticut
Roaring Brook Nature Center, Inc.
70 Gracey Rd.
Canton, CT 06019
Contact: Beth Dal Negro

Grant Amount: $7,790

The Roaring Brook Nature Center project established a partnership with Head Start Centers in Hartford, CT. The centers service 830 inner city children, ages three and four from low-income families. The 650 four-year-olds learned about the interconnectedness of the natural world of people, plants, and animals. The project consisted of an initial teacher workshop, in-class program, and field trip to the Nature Center, and lead to an increase in environmental consciousness by children and teachers alike.

University of Connecticut
1084 Shennecossett Rd.
Groton, CT 06340
Contact: Ivar G. Babb

Grant Amount: $24,494

The National Undersea Research Center at the University of Connecticut through its "Aquanaut Program" facilitated environmental research partnerships between high schools and research scientists. All high schools in Rhode Island were provided with a brochure promoting the program highlights, including the use of scientific method and its application utilizing modern, in situ technology. Teachers and students gained experience in hands-on research through the Narragansett Bay summer research cruise which provided access to and promoted the regional geographic relevancy of environmental issues.

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Cumberland County Soil & Water
Conservation District
381 Main Street, Suite 3
Gorham, Maine 04038
Contact: Forrest Bell

Grant Amount: $4,900

"The Campers' Lake Ecology Book," provided campers and camp staff within the Sebago Lake Watershed with information on soil and water resources. Specifically it explained to younger lake users (ages six through ten) how lakes function, how they are threatened, and how they can be protected via a variety of activities including puzzles and illustrations. The goal of the "Camper's Book" was to teach about lake ecology and stress the importance of the water quality of their lakes to young campers.

Maine Department of Environmental Protection
1235 Central Drive
Presque Isle, Maine 04769-2053
Contact: Nick Archer

Grant Amount: $3,600

The St. John River "Mr. and Mrs. Fish" water quality education program focused on enhancing the understanding of water ecosystems among students living on the American, as well as Canadian, side of the river. The program was directed at third grade students and their teachers. It consisted of a teacher workshop, a theatrical performance for students, and a training package. Teachers were given resources to introduce water quality lessons in the classroom curriculum. Furthermore, the project enhanced partnerships between local school systems, municipalities, and regional natural resource agencies.

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

Grant Amount: $4,998

"The Casco Bay Water Quality Watershed Education Project" provided middle and high school teachers with hands-on experience in water quality and watershed issues. Teachers participated in interactive workshops and used watershed models and topographic and watershed maps for wetland education in classroom practice. The Casco Bay Watershed program established a student/community water quality monitoring project on Casco Bay and fostered ongoing mentoring relationships between citizens and the classrooms.

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Lloyd Center for Environmental Studies
430 Potomska Road
P.O. Box 87037
South Dartmouth, MA 02748
Contact: Alan Harris

Grant Amount: $5,000

The "Docent Program" trained volunteers to lead school children in explorations of their local environments. There were ten workshop sessions, including coastal field studies of marine organisms and of wildlife in the school yard. The workshops provided volunteers with access to materials necessary to lead students in hands-on investigation. The program reached a diverse audience, both adult volunteers and children from across the New Bedford, MA, area, while promoting and enhancing environmental education.

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

Grant Amount: $5,000

The Arcadia Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, a local arm of the Audubon Society, expanded its six-week summer environmental field trip program to eight weeks and continued serving 350 Holyoke Hispanic children from urban Holyoke, MA. The program seeks to increase the awareness of 5-11-year-olds of their natural environments through hands-on discovery. The program emphasized adult workshops, prepared assistants in the use of observation and sampling equipment, and provided additional contact hours for children after the field trips.

Boston Private Industry Council, Inc.
2 Oliver Street, 9th Floor
Boston, MA 02109
Contact: George Moriarty

Grant Amount: $119,956

The "Green Tech" program is an environmental career work-to-school program for South Boston High School students, 73% of whom are minorities, and is designed to teach students that what they learn in the classroom as well as through work experience, are fundamental to future employment opportunities. The program increases student awareness about environmental career opportunities through classroom instruction and on-site experiences such as internships and summer jobs in environmental agencies, businesses, and non-profit organizations.

Environmental Careers Organization, Inc.
286 Congress Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02210-1009
Contact: Lori R. Colombo

Grant Amount: $80,000

The "Environmental Studies: 2000 Project" was a national effort to assist university environmental studies programs in preparing for environmental workforce needs and to assist students in preparing for environmental careers. The program disseminated the results of an "ECO study" which assessed the needs of environmental employers vis-a-vis the interests of environmental studies departments and students through workshops at national conferences and minority academic institutions. Activities included developing environmental career strategies and creating lasting partnerships between educators and employers.

Manomet Bird Observatory
P.O. Box 1770
Manomet, MA 02345
Contact: Janice Burton

Grant Amount: $58,880

The "Save Our Migratory Birds" program emphasized the global nature of environmental and natural resource issues by teaching middle school students in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, and Argentina how to protect local habitats used by migratory birds. This "think globally, act locally" project included a partnership between non-profit conservation and education organizations in all four countries.

Massachusetts Audubon Society
Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
P.O. Box 236
South Wellfleet, MA 02663
Contact: Christine Brothers

Grant Amount: $5,000

Through classroom sessions, field trips, and summer interpretation, "Project Pond" educated 240 tenth grade biology students in the natural history and management of the Outer Cape's kettle ponds. The program exposed the students to scientific research, natural resource management, and work experience in environmental management and education. In turn, they used these skills and the knowledge gained to educate town residents and visitors who use the ponds.

Patriots' Trail Girl Scout Council
95 Berkeley Street
Boston, MA 02116
Contact: Brenda Rich

Grant Amount: $7,965

"Trails to Action", a weekend workshop, provided approximately 150 Girl Scout troop leaders with environmental awareness materials and curricula which enabled them to bring environmental education to the girls, volunteer staff, board members, and committee members. As a result, it is expected that the Scouts and their leaders will display environmental awareness in many aspects of their lives and take appropriate action.

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

Grant Amount: $4,990

Through its "Vernal Pool Education Project," the Reading Public Schools sought to improve environmental education in Massachusetts by involving high school students and their teachers in the identification, study, and certification of vernal pools in their communities. Via a series of workshops, students and teachers from approximately 60 high schools in Middlesex county got involved in data gathering, study and certification of vernal pools. The workshops used an investigative hands-on approach with infrared aerial photographs to identify and plot vernal pools on U.S. Geological Survey maps, eventually leading to applications for vernal pool certification. The project also promoted partnerships with agencies such as the Department of Environmental Protection Wetland Conservancy Program and the Essex County Greenbelt Association.

North Adams State College
North Adams, MA 01220
Contact: Charles E. Weinstein

Grant Amount: $24,976

The establishment of the "Summer Institute in Environmental Health" provided a week-long, residential, credit-bearing program for middle high school teachers. The Institute trained teachers to incorporate environmental health into the science curriculum of public schools in Massachusetts, with particular emphasis placed on the recruitment of schools serving minority populations. Through workshops and presentations by key scientists, participants attained the analytical and evaluative skills essential to teaching environmental health. The program ultimately sought to encourage students to become active citizens aware of the health effects of the varied sources of pollution.

Westport River Watershed Alliance
1151 Main Road
P.O. Box 3427
Westport, MA 02790
Contacts: Gay Gillespie and Sandra Ryack-Bell

Grant Amount: $5,000

The Westport River Watershed Alliance's "Watershed Education Project" (WEP) expanded its environmental program by using hands-on, grade-specific curriculum kits, expanding teacher workshops, and developing Family Nights wherein students shared with parents and friends what they learned. This program incorporated communities within the Westport River's watershed, such as Fall River and Freetown, MA and Tiverton and Little Compton, RI, which were previously not covered. The expansion of WEP increased the students' and public's awareness of the environmental health of the watershed.

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New Hampshire

Connecticut River Joint Commissions
P.O. Box 1182
Charlestown, NH 03603
Contact: Sharon Francis

Grant Amount: $12,350

The Joint Commissions, CT River Watershed Council, and the VT Department of Environmental Conservation promoted environmental literacy by developing, publishing, and distributing an illustrated guide which served as an educational tool for teachers, students, and citizens of the CT River watershed. The Guide focused on combatting non-point source pollution by suggesting actions that can be taken to prevent and control pollution and served as a reference guide on where to obtain information on the best management practices. Besides the Guide, workshops and publications provided the teaching tools necessary for numerous interest groups, especially teachers and students in four states--Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

Harris Center for Conservation Education
Kings Highway, Rte. 1
Box 733
Hancock, New Hampshire 03449
Contact: Marian K. Baker

Grant Amount: $5,000

"AIRNET," an air quality monitoring project, created partnerships between the Harris Center, town and state officials, and ten local, private and public high schools in New Hampshire. This grant was used to expand the existing AIRNET monitoring project which promotes environmental education through interdisciplinary learning including workshops, team teaching, computer networking, and research and analysis of data. Teachers, students (and indirectly other citizens) increased their interest and knowledge of air quality issues through this unique and on-going program.

Raymond Parks & Recreation Dept.
Raymond, NH 03077
Contact: Richard C. Bates

Grant Amount: $5,000

The Raymond Parks and Recreation Department in conjunction with the Raymond School District managed environmental education programs which enlightened and empowered the citizens of Raymond to actively monitor Raymond's environmental health. Specific projects included evaluating wetlands, monitoring water quality and finding alternatives to landfills. Raymond High School students were trained as Environmental Docents -- providing environmental lectures, demonstrations, and tours to elementary and middle school classrooms and community organizations. Also, in the summer, environmental education was incorporated into the Department's youth program wherein the docents and other students worked as Junior Conservation Counselors. A part-time Environmental Education Coordinator was hired to schedule workshops and other relevant community events to complement the students' efforts.

University of New Hampshire
Office of Sponsored Research
107 Service Building, UNH
Durham, New Hampshire 03824-3585
Contacts: Ihab Faraq and Linda Kahan Meier

Grant Amount: $4,999

In conjunction with the Pollution Prevention Consortium of New England Universities, the University of New Hampshire sponsored a regional conference facilitating the transfer of pollution prevention technology to undergraduate and graduate students and faculty. The "P2 Consortium," the first of its type, encouraged demonstrations, discussions, and dissemination of pollution prevention activities and information. Students were afforded an opportunity to present pollution prevention projects and foster greater awareness and understanding of pollution prevention.

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Rhode Island

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

Grant Amount: $5,000

"The Childhood Lead Action Project" trained a myriad of outreach workers providing services to families of young children by making lead poisoning prevention a basic component of their work. Through workshops, partnerships were established among diverse agencies like Visiting Nurses Associations, Early Start Programs, and Parents as Teachers.

Save The Bay
434 Smith Street
Providence, RI 02908
Contact: Fred Massie

Grant Amount: $5,000

The "Narragansett BayWork" project increased environmental awareness and pollution prevention via a specially-designed poster and brochure program. The program targeted adults in the workplace, including fifteen businesses, blue and white-collar, located throughout southeastern New England. The program also created partnerships between area businesses and Save The Bay.

Southern Rhode Island Conservation District
5 Mechanic Street
P.O. Box 1145
Hope Valley, RI 02832
Contact: Paul Gardner

Grant Amount: $5,000

The "Pawcatuck Watershed Education Program Curriculum Guide" served as the basis for teacher training workshops which were provided to seven elementary and middle schools in the Pawcatuck Watershed area. A part-time person promoted, organized and conducted the workshops, the goal of which was to have the teacher incorporate environmental awareness and a heightened appreciation for the watershed in their curricula. The project also fostered partnerships among the District and the educational institutions, as well as government and non-profit organizations. The Curriculum Guide's effectiveness was evaluated via pre- and post-tests administered by the teachers.

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

Grant Amount: $13,589

In conjunction with the Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, NH, the Montshire Museum of Science established a model program which disseminated information on solid waste source reduction to eight communities in rural Vermont and New Hampshire. The training program used curricular and logistical materials to train middle school students via educational sessions and workshops at the museum. The students initiated and formalized the information transfer by creating partnerships within their own communities, with businesspeople, public works personnel, and other citizens.

River Watch Network
153 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
Contact: Sharon Behar

Grant Amount: $4,896

River Watch Network hosted its "Clean Water Institute," a week-long conference at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, for a team of 20 teachers and community members from throughout Massachusetts. The training program taught pollution prevention and encouraged the use of hands-on science in the classroom setting. The Institute built partnerships and designed river monitoring projects.

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New York

Earth Day New York
10 East 39th Street, Suite 601
New York, NY 10016
Contact: Pamela Lippe

Grant Amount: $5,000

"The Earth Day Education Program" built a distribution network and disseminated pre-existing curricula and teaching guides to schools at every grade level, in every school, in every state, impacting students across all social and ethnic lines. The program established partnerships between schools through a network of Earth Day coordinators, non-profit organizations and the private sector.

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