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Environmental Education Grants Federal Fiscal Year 1995

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Connecticut


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

Grant Amount: $4,500

"The Source" Environmental Topic Books expanded an existing program to three additional intermediate schools (grades 5-8) in the city of New Haven, CT. Total student population of these schools is 1,736. Approximately 90 science and language arts teachers were trained in workshops on how to incorporate the materials into lessons and hands-on activities.

The New Haven Ecology Project, Inc.
West Rock Nature Center
P. O. Box 2969
New Haven, CT 06515
Contact: Oliver D. Barton

Grant Amount: $4,968

The "Teacher Training Workshop" is a field-based, eight session curriculum planning program that improved the environmental education teaching skills of 15 elementary and 15 middle/high school teachers in New Haven, CT. It included the collection of implementation plans connected to the curriculum in the teachers' class, and on-site field studies with each class supported by a scientist/educator. Thirty inner city classes (approximately 600 students) directly benefited from the effort.

SoundWaters, Inc.
4 Yacht Haven West Marina
Washington Blvd.
Stamford, CT 06902
Contact: Ruthann Shapiro

Grant Amount: $4,988

The "Science of the Sound Learning Station" educated students and adults within the Long Island Sound watershed about factors that affect the health of the Sound. The objectives of the program were to: 1) expand the existing program to add water chemistry and geology components; 2) give students the opportunity to witness the impacts of human population on the watershed; and 3) encourage students to make informed decisions about their own lifestyles. To meet these objectives, the program purchased equipment, upgraded curricula, and provided teachers with new options for studying Long Island Sound.

South Arsenal Neighborhood
Development Corp.
45 Canton Street
Hartford, CT 06902
Contact: Karen O. Lewis Executive Director

Grant Amount: $20,000

"SANDCLEAN" educated members of the community through an environmental education and action program for 75 sixth graders. These students were empowered to be community organizers, researchers, or journalists for the school year. The program culminated with a student-led conference that showcased their experiences for their parents and neighbors, and challenged the adults to address the issues they have identified as important to the community.

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Maine


Maine Environmental Education Association
P.O. Box 9
Wiscasset, ME 04578
Contact: Marianne DuBois

Grant Amount: $5,000

Earthminders, a coalition of organizations promoting environmental education in Maine, conducted a statewide teacher training program by means of an interactive television series. The target audience was 1200 elementary and secondary school teachers. The program reached them in remote locations, and allowed them to participate to the same extent as those in the more populous southern region of the state. "Earthminders: Topics in Environmental Education" consists of eight, 60-minute programs broadcasted from the University of Maine to 78 school sites statewide.

Passamaquoddy Tribe/Indian Township
Tribal Government
P.O. Box 301
Princeton, ME 04668
Contact: Veronica Smith, Tribal Planner

Grant Amount: $12,000

This project enabled a reservation environmental education needs assessment to be conducted on the Indian Township Reservation to identify local environmental issues and determine how tribal members wished to be educated and involved. The project engaged tribal adults in defining Reservation water quality, non-point source pollution, energy consumption, water usage, and excess packaging issues. It also assessed the need for a K-12 curriculum, and created five, 1-3 minute public service announcements for the tribal cable access channel.

University of Southern Maine
Maine Geographic Alliance
96 Falmouth Street
Portland, ME 04103
Contact: Pamela L. Wilson, Program Director

Grant Amount: $7,915

The "Summer Teacher Training Institute" was a one-week residential workshop designed to improve the ability of 20 Maine teachers (10 two-teacher teams, grades 7-12) and members of 10 communities to address fresh water issues. This pilot project reached 570 Maine citizens in its first year, and established an ongoing network of support among the participants.

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Massachusetts


Boston Private Industry Council
2 Oliver Street
Boston, MA 02109
Contact: Lois Ann Porter

Grant Amount: $118,999

In collaboration with South Boston High School and Boston Public Schools, the Council incorporated environmental curricula into all major courses at the South Boston High School and prepared its urban students for environmental services careers. The program involved minority, low-income students and included the participation of teachers and environmental businesses. Replication at other high schools is expected in the future.

Center for Ecological Technology
112 Elm Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Contact: Nancy Nylen

Grant Amount: $5,000

The "Environmental Teleconference Project" was a collaborative effort among schools, community organizations, and businesses to produce and broadcast interactive video teleconferences. The project deepened middle school students' understanding about local environmental issues in ten urban and rural towns in the Central Berkshire Regional School District.

Groton-Dunstable Regional
School District
Tarbell School
73 Pepperell Road
West Groton, MA 01472
Contact: Nancy Turkle

Grant Amount: $5,000

Thirty high school students formed the core of "Groton Compost Corp," a community organization which learned methods and developed plans to handle institutional organic waste more efficiently. These students used their group to educate fellow students, community residents, and school and municipal authorities on the nature and economic viability of composting options for waste management.

Ipswich River Watershed Association, Inc.
87 Perkins Row
Topsfield, MA 01983-1999
Contact: Kerry Mackin

Grant Amount: $4,400

"Water Education for Conservation Commissioners" was a program designed to educate 120 volunteer conservation commissioners in the cities and towns which comprise the watershed, on how to protect the Ipswich River watershed from pollution, loss of wildlife habitat, and fisheries decline. The project adapted existing curricula, developed a handbook, and provided a series of workshops to enhance understanding of the resources that must be protected.

Joseph P. Manning School
130 Louder's Lane
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Contact: Lorraine S. Theroux

Grant Amount: $5,000

This teacher training environmental workshop developed a curriculum on urban gardening and soil contamination for inner-city elementary school teachers. The teachers then used this curriculum to educate approximately 65 fourth and fifth grade students, and helped them produce a newsletter for the benefit of the adult audience and the press.

MASSPIRG Education Fund
29 Temple Place
Boston, MA 02111
Contact: Amy Perry

Grant Amount: $20,000

The "Make it Recycled/Buy it Recycled" project targeted three important "consumer" populations: the general public, the purchasing managers of public agencies and other institutions, and owners/operators of the 25 largest manufacturers in one Massachusetts solid waste management district. The project involved the development, printing, and distribution of educational materials, and the purchase and utilization of recycled-content products.

Mount Holyoke College
Environmental Studies Program
115 Skinner Hall
South Hadley, MA 01075
Contact: Jens Christiansen

Grant Amount: $4,988

A collaborative effort with the International University of Mexico, this project developed a bilingual course syllabus and a pilot environmental studies course entitled, "Life, Environment, and Society." The focus of the project was the development of supporting materials to make the course especially relevant to issues of environmental justice in Mexico and other developing countries.

New England Board of Higher Education
45 Temple Place
Boston, MA 02111
Contact: Dr. William P. Fenstemacher

Grant Amount: $112,000

This project sought to improve the quality of environmental curricula in 260 colleges and universities in the six-state region, strengthen coordination among higher education institutions in New England, industry and government, increase the number of minority students entering environmental fields by recruiting them early, providing continuing encouragement and counseling and pairing them with mentors in an academic support network.

Pioneer Valley Girl Scout Council
40 Harkness Avenue
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Contact: Barbara Bilz

Grant Amount: $5,000

This Girl Scout Council conducted a wetlands education program for 150 Girl Scout leaders and other interested adult civic leaders who live in the inner-city of Springfield, MA. It included a series of three educational workshops which focused on providing hands-on learning opportunities, skills, and knowledge necessary to teach approximately 600 young women about wetland ecology in their communities.

Triton Regional School District
112 Elm Street
Byfield, MA 01922
Contact: Ann Ringling, Assistant Principal

Grant Amount: $4,988

The "Parker River Watershed Study Program" developed a model program for approximately 250 fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students that moved environmental education both physically and conceptually out of the classroom and into the natural and human-engineered systems which surround them. It formed a partnership with the Massachusetts Audubon Society's Plum Island Sound Project by incorporating teacher training and curriculum development.

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New Hampshire


Hillsborough County Conservation District
468 Route 13 South
Milford, NH 03055-3442
Contact: Jo-Ann Turner

Grant Amount: $2,864

"Soils Training for Educators" provided instruction and a soils educational tool kit for Hillsborough County's 50 elementary and middle school teachers in order to fill a gap in basic soils science. A variety of soils-related activities helped students to become aware of the importance of soils and encouraged them to prevent erosion and other actions which create land pollution, water pollution, and food shortages.

New Hampshire Association
of Conservation Districts
10 Ferry Street, P.O. Box 2042
Concord, NH 03302-2042
Contact: R. J. (Dick) Obyc

Grant Amount: $5,000

The "ENVIROTHON" program helped New Hampshire high school students learn about group dynamics and environmentally sound decision- making through the consideration and negotiation of real life ecological issues. It created a unique partnership between the students, educators, volunteers, and resource persons from the state, private, and federal areas. This year's subject was groundwater.

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
2 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03301
Contact: Judith K. Silverberg

Grant Amount: $4,900

This project is based upon a widely-distributed document, "Homes for Wildlife - A Planning Guide for Habitat Enhancement on School Grounds." It developed the necessary support materials and conducted 3-day workshops for ten facilitators in the process of establishing schoolyard habitat sites for wildlife. Facilitators, in turn, conducted workshops in diverse community settings, resulting in approximately 200, K-12 teachers being trained.

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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 involved educating and training community-based service providers about lead poisoning prevention. Individuals were trained in culturally-appropriate approaches to lead poisoning prevention using existing materials, translated as needed. The program targeted Rhode Island children under six and their families in low-income, mostly minority neighborhoods.

Rhode Island 4-H Foundation
17 Smith Ave.
Greenville, RI 02818
Contact: Kim Anderson

Grant Amount: $4,000

This project improved elementary educators' environmental education teaching skills and also developed teams of teen instructors through statewide trainings in the use of the "SERIES: Science Experience and Resources for Informal Education Settings" curriculum. This teen-led science education program sought to reach about 2,000 youths statewide, increasing their understanding of environmental science through the use of creative thinking and the hands-on experience of obtaining and analyzing scientific data.

Rhode Island Zoological Society
Roger Williams Park Zoo
1000 Elmwood Ave.
Providence, RI 02907
Contact: Anne Savage, Ph.D.

Grant Amount: $4,992

Through a partnership with Colombia that focused on developing an effective conservation plan for the highly endangered cotton-top tamarin, this project included workshops for seven U.S. and three Colombian teachers, with a combined population of 360 students. The subject matter concentrated on global issues in water conservation and how it effects not only the lives of humans in the U.S. and Colombia, but also the lives of some of the world's most endangered species.

Roger Williams University
Old Ferry Road
Bristol, RI 02809-2921
Contact: Susan Pasquarelli

Grant Amount: $11,000

A collaborative project with the Division of Water Supply in the State Department of Environmental Management which:

  1. provided 6th grade teachers with an inquiry-guided water supply conservation curriculum,
  2. provided 6th grade students with tools for authentic scientific inquiry, and
  3. raised the awareness of Rhode Island citizens through a student-led community survey.
The target audience included 600 sixth grade teachers, 12,000 sixth grade students, and 5,000 citizens for the survey.

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

Grant Amount: $5,000

This project adapted an existing curriculum to include activities on groundwater to meet the needs of the local community. It then was used to train 20 teachers in the watershed to incorporate a watershed education program into their curriculum. With an average of 25 students per class, approximately 500 students were reached with this project.

The Nature Conservancy
P.O. Box 1287
Block Island, RI 02807
Contact: Kevin Doyle

Grant Amount: $10,000

The "Green Gateways: Sensitizing Block Island Visitors" project reaches 250,000 to 500,000 Block Island tourists per year with the message that people have a responsibility to the ecosystem of the island. The method used included educational display boards strategically placed at various gateways to the island such as airport terminals, ferry docks, and natural/cultural landmarks like Great Salt Pond. The environmentally-responsible messages also reaches Block Island's residents and schoolchildren.

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Vermont


Lyndon State College
Lyndonville, VT 05851
Contact: Frances Barhydt or Dr. William Laramee

Grant Amount: $9,663

"Energy and the Environment" was a teacher training program provided by the Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP), a business-education partnership for public school teachers of grades K-8. It filled a gap in teacher training by providing resource materials, equipment, and follow-up support. The program was based on an Energy Scientist-in-the-Classroom model, and an inquiry-based, thematic teaching method.

Winooski Valley Park District
Ethan Allen Homestead
Burlington, VT 05401
Contact: Jennifer Ely

Grant Amount: $5,000

This partnership for wetland education customized an existing wetlands curriculum for easier and more effective use by Burlington area Vermont parks with exemplary wetlands. The curriculum complemented boardwalks with educational signage and brochures. Area teachers were offered at least three, 7 1/2-hour workshops in the use of the educational kits (curriculum guide and educational props). Thereafter, these materials were made available as part of a traveling wetlands exhibit, on location at boardwalks, and included in school mailings.

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