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Environmental Education Grants Federal Fiscal Year 1997

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Lyme Consolidated School/ CT Regional School District
RFD #2, Box 478
Lyme, CT 06371
Contact: Mrs. Donna Turchi, Principal
Tel: (860)434-1233

Grant Amount: $5,000

The school's Salmon Restoration/Watershed Study Project develops an indoor aquatic lab to heighten students' awareness of the adjacent Connecticut and Eightmile River tidelands. Teachers are trained to effectively use the rivers and the aquatic station as laboratories for fostering scientific inquiry. The project is a collaboration with the Edgerton Elementary School and its minority population in New London.

New Haven Ecology Project, Inc.
c/o West Rock Nature Center
P.O. Box 2969
New Haven, CT 06515
Contact: Joanne Sciulli
Tel: (203)946-8017

Grant Amount: $4,955

The "Future Environmental Educator Training" (FEET) project trains urban teenagers to become environmental educators in West Rock, a primarily African American community of New Haven. FEET trains six teen educators who lead programs for up to 400 children and adults in the following year. The program exposes these youth to careers in education and the environment, two fields in need of racial diversification.

Brewers Yacht Haven Marina
Washington Blvd.
Stamford, CT 06902
Contact: Nathan Frohling
Tel: (203)323-1978

Grant Amount: $5,000

The "Urban Ecology Project at Monterey Village" educates between 30 and 60 fourth through eighth grade, low-income, culturally-diverse children and their families about non-point source pollution. It demonstrates the link between Monterey Village, a privately-owned, low-income housing project, and the Norwalk River Watershed which flows into Long Island Sound.

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Aroostook Band of Micmacs
759 Main Street
Presque Isle, ME 04769
Contact: Fred Corey, Env. Health Director
Tel: (207)764-7219

Grant Amount: $3,728

This project consists of two parts. The first includes three workshops for tribal youth on the topics of non-point source pollution, solid waste and landfills, and water quality. The workshops are given in collaboration with Maine DEP and the U.S. Department of Agriculture which provide staff, educational resources, and equipment for field exercises. The second part includes distribution of two newsletters covering known environmental hazards in the Micmac community.

Audubon Expedition Institute
P.O. Box 365
243 High Street
Belfast, ME 04915
Contact: Lissa Widoff, Development Director
Tel: (207)338-5859

Grant Amount: $15,000

This project creates a Summer Master's Degree program in Ecological Literacy, which fosters a new generation of environmentally- literate teachers, a collaboration with Lesley College of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Work includes preparation of curriculum and course syllabi, selecting and training faculty, finalizing logistics and planning for the field and urban segments. The program will reach 20 teachers-as-students, and each of their working classrooms, thereby affecting up to 400 non-traditional (working) students, when it commences in the following year.

Blue Hill Consolidated School
Blue Hill, ME 04614
Contact: Patrick Phillips
Tel: (207)374-2202

Grant Amount: $5,000

In collaboration with the Acadia Wildlife Foundation and College of the Atlantic, the project develops a core curriculum which involves students in the care and research of injured wildlife, and provides greater awareness of endangered species, especially in the Blue Hill Peninsula and Mount Desert Island area. Use is made of existing resources to integrate the subject matter into environmental education at the 7-8 grade level, as well providing coordinating support for K-6 grade curricula.

Northern Maine Development Commission
P.O. Box 779
2 South Main Street
Caribou, ME 04736
Contact: Robert P. Clark, Executive Director
Tel: (207)498-8736

Grant Amount: $17,559

The "Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Education and Exchange Program" provides regional workshops for residents, businesses, industries, schools, non-profits and municipalities in Northern Maine, an area with a population of 79,582. Workshops are also provided for teachers and students on HHW inventory, reduction, and reuse, reaching as many as 15,622 students. Workshops are conducted in conjunction with Aroostook County solid waste professionals, local water and sewer utility districts, and the Northern Maine Solid Waste Management Committee.

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Alternatives for Community
and Environment, Inc.
2343 Washington St., 2nd floor
Roxbury, MA 02119
Contact: Penn Loh
Tel: (617)442-3343, x24

Grant Amount: $5.000

The "Youth Educators for Asthma Prevention" project was launched in Roxbury, a poor neighborhood of 60,000 people, 90% of whom are of color, and which has the highest rate of asthma in Massachusetts. It trains a corps of 16 to 24 Roxbury youth, ages 14 to 21, in two after-school sessions, who then design workshops, skits, handouts, and other outreach devices. The students bring their knowledge to other youth, teachers, and adults in their community through at least 3 workshops in each session. All materials developed are compiled into an asthma teaching manual distributed to interested educators in Boston.

Camp Fire for Eastern MA Council 108 Union Wharf
Boston, MA 02109-1281 Contact: Cynthia Beaudoin
Tel: (617)523-6006

Grant Amount: $5.000

Project "WorldWise", a national effort of Camp Fire Boys and girls, is implemented in eastern Massachusetts with five learning objectives: The Ecosystem, Limiting Factors, Habitat and Niche, Matter and Energy Flow in Ecosystems, and Succession. A total of 30 staff members from 15 licensed urban (including Boston and Cambridge) and suburban after school programs participate in workshops and community service activities. Workshop presentations to an average of 375 children per year are evaluated by the participants in a written survey.

Center for Ecological Technology, Inc.
112 Elm Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Contact: Nancy Nylen
Tel: (413)445-4556

Grant Amount: $5.000

The "Environmental Teleconference Project: River Awareness and Action" is a collaborative effort with the Hoosic River Watershed Association and the Northern Berkshire Community Television Corporation. It serves to actively engage students at four high schools and two colleges in river investigation and culminates with an interactive teleconference among participating schools. The project builds local capacity by expanding educational programming and increasing awareness of the general public about watershed issues, broadcasting to approximately 14,000 households.

Chelsea Human Services Collaborative
300 Broadway
Chelsea, MA 02150
Contact: Edward Maravkovitz
Tel: (617)889-6080

Grant Amount: $5.000

This project provides an educational conference on four recent reports of environmental issues in Chelsea, a low-income city at high risk for environmental problems including lead poisoning and asthma affecting children. The target audience includes 100 Chelsea community leaders: 50% low-income, 50% Hispanic, 25% youth leaders, 10% public officials, plus an additional 1000 people with a similar demographic composition through the public media. Key partners include the Environmental Diversity Forum, Chelsea's Bridge School, the Massachusetts Toxics Campaign Fund, the Chelsea Record, and the Spanish language newspaper EL Mundo.

Coalition for Buzzards Bay
P.O. Box 268
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532
Contact: Pamela S. Truesdale
Tel: (508)759-1440

Grant Amount: $10,000

The "Hayden McFadden Pilot Project" is a collaborative effort with Westport River Watershed Alliance whose Watershed Education Program is adapted for implementation at the Hayden McFadden School in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The school has 840 students, a population that is ethnically diverse with nearly 90% of the children living at or below poverty level and with little sense of connection to the natural world. The project trains teachers from grades one through six with hands-on learning curricula kits, teacher guides, in-service workshops, and field studies.

Earth Works Project, Inc. 11 Green Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Contact: Bill Taylor
Tel: (617)983-9463

Grant Amount: $5,000

The "Schoolyard Orchard Outdoor Classroom" project expands Earth Works' efforts with teachers and young people to plant and care for fruit and nut trees, shrubs, and vines, and to teach about food production and ecosystems. The project develops, field tests, and evaluates 30 hands-on activities organized into several themes or units with at least 12 teachers and 200 students. A curriculum handbook is tested, completed, and distributed for the training of 40 K-6 teachers of primarily low-income students in the use of schoolyard urban orchards, and directly involving 800 students.

Falmouth Public Schools
340 Teaticket Highway
E. Falmouth, MA 02536-6527
Contact: Joan Muller
Tel: (508)457-0495, x107

Grant Amount: $5,000

This project improves and enriches the current Adult Basic Education (ABE) program's science curriculum by adapting a groundwater and pollution course for ABE students, incorporating evaluation feedback, and disseminating the program to other sites on Cape Cod. Concerns about groundwater pollution are particularly high on Cape Cod due to the Superfund Hazardous Waste Site at the Massachusetts Military Reservation. The project's focus is to educate fifteen adult education instructors and 120 adult learners who, lacking a high school diploma, are marginally employed or unemployed. Education starts with hands-on activities, followed by reading and writing assignments and the keeping of a journal.

Harvard School of Public Health
Building I, Rm. 1302
665 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Contact: Marshall Katler
Tel: (617)432-3485

Grant Amount: $13,718

This project is an enhanced version of the "Environmental Health Education Project" funded by EPA in the previous year. Two significant changes which build on past strengths are: empowering classroom teachers of the Farragut and Maurice J. Tobin schools to conduct more follow-up activities, and increasing the amount of instruction time to the students. A total of 90 mostly minority students are taught classes on the environment and how it relates to the human health. Familiarity with scientific principles and methods of investigation leads some students to consider careers in science.

Holland Elementary School
Town Hall, P.O. Box 170
Holland, MA 01521
Contact: Debra Benveniste

Grant Amount: $1,190

The "Environmental Fair Day at Lake Siog" is a day long set of workshops: Life of the Forest Floor, Life of the Pond, Life of the Beaver Dam, Wetland Identifiers, and the Night Sky. Partners in this endeavor include the Holland Park Commission, The Hitchcock Center for the Environment, the Planetarium at Amherst College, and the MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. Between 100 and 150 people including 70 children and their families are made aware of the health/distress indicators for wetland areas, ponds, and forests and some are trained to provide these workshops on an ongoing basis.

Parker River Clean Water Association
P.O. Box 823
Byfield, MA 01922
Contact: David C. Mountain
Tel: (508)462-5148

Grant Amount: $5,000

The "Schoolyard Ecology for the Parker River Basin" project is based on a previous EPA grant made in 1995 to the Triton Regional School District. It consists of a five day summer workshop and follow-up activities on the subject of watersheds for 10 fourth through sixth grade elementary school teachers. This training will assist teachers in the use of hands-on, inquiry-based learning and increase their knowledge of local organisms and environments.

Thompson Island Outward Bound
Education Center
P.O. Box 127
Boston, MA 02127
Contact: Carol Nugent, Director of Development
Tel: (617)328-3900, x20

Grant Amount: $5.000

The "Summer Institute for Interdisciplinary Science-Based Learning" has as its purpose to increase the use of hands-on environmental teaching strategies in the Boston Public Schools. The program serves 26 public school teachers and 60 public middle school students who are statistically 85% people of color. Through the six-week Outward Bound Summer Institute the teachers participate in a five-day seminar to learn pedagogy and in harbor expeditions to learn about their marine environment. They will then develop curricula based on Boston Harbor which they put into practice in the summer school, and take back into their public school classrooms.

Westport Community Schools
17 Main Road
Westport, MA 02790
Contact: Lana M. Paolillo
Tel: (508)636-1140

Grant Amount: $17,558

The "Finfish Restoration Project" is a collaboration of Durfee High School in Fall River and Westport Middle School in Westport, Massachusetts. Students and teachers work together to raise and breed three species of finfish (Scup, Black Sea Bass, and Winter Flounder) in closed saltwater recirculation systems and to restock the waters in the area. This project involves 150 eighth grade and 100 tenth through twelfth grade students in the two schools, all of whom participate in conducting site visits between schools, sharing data, and giving presentations on their work.

Westport River Watershed Alliance, Inc.
Grant Amount: $5,000 1151 Main Road
P.O. Box 3427
Westport, MA 02790
Contact: Gay Gillespie
Tel: (508)636-3016

Grant Amount: $5,000

The Alliance and the Westport Community Schools have been partners for several years in the "Watershed Education Program (WEP)", an interdisciplinary curriculum that focuses on watershed ecology, encouraging students to become stewards of this fragile environment. It targets approximately 90 teachers and 1,328 students in grades K-8. Currently each grade of approximately 150 students shares one curricula kit. To ensure that the WEP curriculum kits are fully integrated within the school classrooms, additional kits are needed per grade level and teacher workshops are needed to increase the teachers' confidence in their ability to lead students through the activities.

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New Hampshire

Audubon Society of New Hampshire
Silk Farm Road
Concord, NH 03301-8200
Contact: Miranda Levin
Tel: (603)224-9909, x339

Grant Amount: $5,000

The "Backyard Naturalist Program" enlists private, small, urban and suburban landowners to manage their land in order to integrate it with its surrounding habitat to provide more resources for wildlife. It is a community-based program that informs the public through existing organizations such as Audubon chapters, the Cooperative Extension county offices, through Audubon programs and publications, and through radio public service announcements.

NH Association of Conservation Districts
3 Coombs Road
Somersworth, NH 03878-2001
Contact: R.J. (Dick) Obyc
Tel: (603)692-3249

Grant Amount: $5,000

"NH Envirothon" is a statewide, high school environmental education program in its fifth year. It builds upon its strengths of previous years with 28 teams registered representing 13,000 students, and directly involving 195 students and 28 teacher/advisors. Over 100 volunteers help conduct the program which is open to all high school students in the state. Real-life land use problems are introduced for students to study, evaluate, and analyze. Students then participate in a statewide competition, with winners going on to compete in the national Envirothon.

NH Project Learning Tree
54 Portsmouth Street
Concord, NH 03301
Contact: Esther Cowles
Tel: (603)226-0160

Grant Amount: $5,000

This pilot project serves to develop new, innovative methods of delivering Project Learning Tree's curriculum (on forest management) to 11 rural public schools in the Upper Connecticut River Valley in partnership with two forest product companies, Champion International Corporation and International Paper Company. It conducts two workshops for 18 elementary school teachers, and one for 10 secondary school teachers, including forest field trips.

University of New Hampshire
NH Cooperative Extension
111 Pettee Hall
Durham, NH 03824
Contact: Frank Mitchell or Nancy Lambert
Tel: (603)862-1067 or 862-4343

Grant Amount: $5,000

Project SERVE (Students for Environmental Resource Volunteerism and Education) is an environmental outreach program for high school students who earn credit for working with their community conservation groups on local resource protection projects. It involves 10-16 students, six town conservation commissions, and two teachers in topics such as wetland functional evaluation, water quality monitoring, pollution source identification, watershed delineation and description, and vernal pool mapping. Partners include Kearsarge Regional High School, New London Conservation Commission, Springfield Conservation Commission, and Newbury Conservation Commission.

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Rhode Island

Nature Conservancy
P.O. Box 1287
Block Island, RI 02807
Contact: Christopher Littlefield, Bioreserve Mngr.
Tel: (401)466-2129

Grant Amount: $25,000

The Block Island Environmental Education Program is a new partnership with the Block Island School which increases understanding and commitment of teachers, students, families and residents to protect the island's fragile natural resources. It targets 130 students in all grade levels, each elementary teacher and several secondary teachers, and 800 permanent residents. The program offers outdoor experiences and hands-on projects, encouraging those participating to share their experiences through visual displays, articles, contribution of data/information, and student presentations.

The Providence Plan
56 Pine Street, Suite 3B
Providence, RI 02903
Contact: Jane B. Sherman
Tel: (401)455-8880

Grant Amount: $5,000

The Woonasquatucket River Watershed Environmental Education Program expands its outreach to eight additional schools and two community centers in the neighborhood of Olneyville, a designated Enterprise Community with a diverse population of 22% non-white and 19% foreign born. Participants learn about the geology, history, and ecology of the river. Partners include the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the National Park Service, Rhode Island Departments of Transportation and Environment, and Providence Departments of Parks and Planning and Development.

Roger Williams Park Zoo Docent Council
1000 Elmwood Ave.
Providence, RI 02905
Contact: D. Keith Winsten
Tel: (401)785-3510, x353

Grant Amount: $10,500

The Asa Messer School Ecoliteracy Project 3rd and 4th Grade Partnership provides a seven-day mentoring opportunity at the zoo to eight Asa Messer teachers and their 182 students. The teachers work with the zoo staff to design a series of bi-monthly field trips to the zoo. This 3rd and 4th grade experience serves as a model for the other 420 Asa Messer students, and for other magnet schools in Providence. Asa Messer serves a very diverse audience of 43% Latino, 37% Asian, 14% African-American, and 6% Caucasian.

Southside Community Land Trust
288 Dudley Street
Providence, RI 02907
Contact: Carol Millette
Tel: (401)273-9419

Grant Amount: $10,000

This project in partnership with the Asa Messer Elementary School serves to create and integrate an EcoLab into an existing Ecoliteracy Curriculum. Southside Community's Program Director conducts bi-weekly teacher trainings via workshops and dynamic classroom presentations. Teachers and students work to reclaim a 3,775 square foot adjacent lot acquired by Asa Messer. Led by the Program Director, they develop an outdoor EcoLab on the lot containing an artificial wetland, woodland, pond, shrubs, trees and plants that will attract and support butterflies, other insects, amphibians, and birds.

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American Lung Association of VT
30 Farrell Street
South Burlington, VT 05403-6196
Contact: Janet Riley Francis
Tel: (802)863-6817

Grant Amount: $3,570

"Open Airways for Schools" is an asthma management program which provides cost effective asthma education to school age children with asthma and their families who live in the most rural section of Vermont. The Northeast Kingdom, as it is commonly known, has a total population of 59,648 in 2,410 square miles and has approximately 1,972 adults and 1,077 children with asthma. School nurses are trained to implement the program which targets children with asthma ages 8-11. Take-home assignments are given to the youngsters to complete with their parents.

Food Works
64 Main Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
Contact: Todd Comen
Tel: (802)223-1515

Grant Amount: $5,000

The "Community Parks for Teaching Local Ecology" project focuses on helping teachers develop seasonal units of hands-on activities for use in teaching local ecology in the outdoor laboratory of Hubbard Park, a 185-acre city park in Montpelier. The demographics of the target audience for this project are low-income students between the ages of 6 and 18 who reside in the city of Montpelier. Students gain a greater knowledge of this diverse habitat by constructing habitat learning centers and interpretive displays.

VT Center for the Book
P.O. Box 441
Chester, VT 05143
Contact: Sally Anderson
Tel: (802)875-2751

Grant Amount: $9,153

The "Mother Goose Meets Mother Nature" project uses picture books, discussion, and activities to bring environmental issues to life for pre-schoolers, parents, and the professionals who work with them. Thirty early childhood educators from ten communities are trained in how works of children's literature are effective vehicles for Environmental Education, and in how to organize and facilitate parent programs for 200 at-risk families. The Center works collaboratively with the Vermont Institute for Natural Sciences, the Stewardship Institute of Shelburne Farms, and the Vermont Department of Libraries on this project.

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