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Grants Awarded in 2002

2002 ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION GRANTS AWARDED

IOWA

Harlan Community School - $14,100
Bernard Hermanson
2102 Durant Street
Harlan, IA. 51537

Water Quality Monitoring on Nishnabotna River

This project involves the monitoring of water quality of two water bodies. The public will use the data generated from this project to make decisions regarding the need and effectiveness of riparian strips and to make decisions regarding continuation or alteration of stream side activities which could potentially affect the water quality.

Iowa Natural Heritage - $4,990
Penny L. Brown
7638 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA. 50322

Walnut Creek Watershed

This film project will take viewers on a journey through their watershed and teach how waste travels through a landscape familiar to them. The film will display land uses recognized by the students and discuss how every land use impacts water quality in some way. A Walnut Creek Watershed display will be created and set up at conferences and meetings around the watershed and state.

Iowa State University of Science - $24,665
Pegy Haafke
2207 Pearson Hall, Room 15
Ames, IA. 50011-2207

Take Responsibility for the Environment Where you Live

Iowa State University of Science - $24,655

The goal of this project is to educate urban and rural citizens on the principles of properly fertilizing lawns and crops to protect the quality of water resources. These positive steps will instill the desire to be good stewards of their local resources. Participants in this project will learn how to take responsibility for the environment where they live. Iowa State University Extension will demonstrate proper fertilizer applications in 3 cities in Northwest Iowa. Farmers and agribusiness operators will learn how to reduce water quality degradation through the proper use of fertilizers. The project will develop and present a program for groups demonstrating how each of us can make decisions which affect the environment positively.

Kirkwood Community College - $5,000
Mike Martin
6301 Kirkwood Boulevard
Cedar Rapids, IA. 52406-2068

Trees for Learning - Phase Two

Students will prepare a container nursery with 90 placarded trees of different varieties to be used by students and community members. Community groups and area schools will come to Kirkwood for one-hour field trips to practice tree recognition and learn horticultural solutions to environmental challenges using the container nursery. Two-hour field trips will be scheduled for area schools and community members to use the Kirkwood campus to identify the college's horticultural practices and the tree plantings. This project will educate K-12 students and community members in eastern Iowa about tree species and the beneficial impact of a wide variety of trees when placed and used in an environmentally sound manner. This will be a hands-on learning laboratory to teach students and visitors about the environmental impact of reforestation and naturalization. This project will address the environmental importance of naturalization. Trees for Learning Project will teach how planting to naturalize impacts both the environment and the local community.

Southern Iowa Forage - $4,670
John Klein
603 7th Street
Corning, IA. 50841

Students on the Land

This project will provide a series of 10 to 16 Field Day on farm tours and demonstrations of the latest livestock management methods. Each of these will show how grassland production and livestock grazing can be the superior alternative land use for environmental resource protection and economics in some types of working farmlands of Southern Iowa.

West Des Moines Community School - $5,000
Doug Woodley
2109 Grand Avenue
West Des Moines, IA. 50265

School Integrated Pest Management Program

The West Des Moines School District will initiate a program to educate four focus groups (custodial staff, administrators and faculty, school nurses, and parents) about the impact of pesticide use and the alternatives offered through Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques. These focus groups will identify methods to reduce pesticide exposure to children. The project will include development of printed handouts for each of the focus groups along with a workshop for custodial staff. This environmental program will educate teachers, students, parents, community leaders and the public about human-health threats from environmental pollution, especially as it affects children, and how to minimize human exposure to preserve good health..

Western Iowa Technical Community College - $5,000
Christine Case
4647 Sioux City, IA. 51102-5199

Integrating EE into English as a Second Language (ESL) Curriculum

This community college will integrate environmental education focusing on hazardous household materials into its English as a Second Language (ESL) curriculum. The (ESL) teaching staff will adapt or develop multi-sensory, age appropriate lesson plans which will include print materials, videos, guest speakers and field trips. The information included will be on how to manage household toxins affecting students, ranging from lead based paint poisoning to the correct disposal of automotive waste, such as oil and antifreeze. Activities will be designed with community environmental themes tied in such as weekly curbside recycling, the annual Earth Day activities and the biannual Toxic Clean up Day.

KANSAS

City of Wichita - $5,000
Jack Brown
1900 E. 9th Street
Wichita, KS. 67214

Discovery Boxes

This project will involve the creation of discovery boxes for use within the Herman Hill Environmental Education Center or as outreach tools in the community. These boxes will provide educational outreach to classrooms, home-schools and scout groups. . These discovery boxes will contain information on water pollution, geology, hydrogeology, rivers and streams. Discovery boxes will include announcements to local public school systems, parochial schools and home school organizations. The water and pollution education programs will be available for checkout to the community for use in outreach programs.

Kansas City Kansas Campus Child Care Center - $18,000
Linda Stewart
7250 State Avenue
Kansas City, Kansas 66112

Outdoor Learning Environment

This project will create an outdoor learning environment that provides a safe place for young children to interact with nature. Increase interest and concern for the environment among early childhood educators through train-the-trainer workshops. This project will provide educators with a hands-on environmental education curriculum for young children. A training of trainers will be provided to 30 early childhood educators by the Early Childhood Education faculty. Community early childhood educators will take the children on field trips to the Outdoor Learning Environment.

Kansas City Kansas Campus Child Care Center - $5,000
Dolores Daniels
7250 State Avenue
Kansas City, Kansas 66112

Community Nature Trail

This project will involve refurbishing the Community Nature Trail, gardening and recycling. Students will participate in tree identification: they will be able to identify similarities and differences between bark and leaves. There will be a school yard safari: The students will explore the schoolyard looking for signs of animal and plant life. Students will build different types of habitats along the nature trail and study animal activity. Teachers and the community will attend workshops on the environment. The activities will include a butterfly garden, composting, recycling and laying of mulch, building bird/bat houses and environmental events.

Southeast Kansas Education - $4,975
Brad Stefanoni
947 West 57th Street
Girard, KS.

Hands-on Outdoor Tools (HOOT)

This project will develop Hands- On-Outdoor Tool (HOOT) packs. These packs will contain binoculars, field guides, magnifying glasses and aquatic nets. These materials will aid students in exploration of the environment and provide environmental education and teaching skills to classroom teachers. Students will participate in fields trips to an Outdoor Wildlife Learning Site and summer day camps,

Topeka Zoo, $9,000
Jared Bixby
635 S.W. Gage Blvd.
Topeka, KS. 66606

Alien Invaders Outreach Program

The Junior League of Topeka and the Topeka Zoo are currently planning the design and development of Alien Invaders Outreach Program (AIOP). AIOP will expose learners to the impact invasive species have on ecosystems and it will give learners the opportunity to participate in service projects that lessen the effects of invasive species in their community.Alien Invaders Outreach Program will be a highly interactive outreach program engaging students in the investigation of invasive species through live animal visits, pre and post visit activities for teachers to utilize and workbooks for each participating student to use as a guide throughout the eight weeks.

MISSOURI

Bridging the Gap - $24,831
Stacia Stelk
P.O. Box 10220
Kansas City, MO 64171

Leadership in Environmental Action Projects

Leadership in Environmental Action Projects (LEAP) will work with five teachers in grades 5-12 in the Blue Valley, Wyandotte County, Shawnee Mission and Kansas City area school districts in Kansas using the solid waste curriculum developed by the Gateway Center for Resource Efficiency. Gateway Center for Resource Efficiency and Bridging the Gap (BTG) will train teachers and three groups will then train four student leaders from each school in an eight step problem solving model that will be applied to the solid waste stream in each school. The students will assess their schools' waste streams, examine options, select and implement solutions that can reduce their school's waste stream. A final presentation of each team's projects will be held in the spring of 2002 at a Student Summit.

Crowder College - $11,135
Art Boyt
601 Laclede
Neosho, Mo.

Solar BikeRayce USA Education Outreach

Solar Bikerayce USA began in 1995 as a competition targeted at high school students with the mission of promoting education excellence and knowledge of renewable energy and energy efficiency through a hands-on project based learning experience.

Teacher/student workshops and online education material will be developed to educate teachers about renewable energy. Students will be exposed to the concepts on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Students will gain experience in engineering and team based learning. There will be four workshops and project material available online. The education materials from the workshops and online will be used by teachers and student team members with over 1000 users.

Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council - $4,950
Margaret J. May
3210 Michigan
Kansas City, MO. 64109

Litter Bug Campaign

This project reintroduces litter bug campaign to focus efforts of education, clean-ups and the development of community pride. It involves the participation of young children, pre-school through grade 3. Newsletter articles, flyers, posters and street signs will be distributed to promote the "Litter Bug" campaign.

Southwest Missouri State University - $7,917
John Havel
901 S. National Avenue
Springfield, MO. 65804

Environmental Education Workshop at Bull Shoals Field Station

This project will involve a workshop at Bull Shoals Field Station. Twenty 6-12th grade science teachers will participate in a two-day workshop on environmental education. Participants will gain awareness and knowledge about environmental issues that are being addressed by modern scientific research methods and they will learn skills necessary for creating an outdoor classroom.

NEBRASKA

Keep North Platte & Lincoln County Beautiful - $12,902
Sara Morris
715 S. Jeffers
North Platte, NE. 69103

Magic of Recycling

This educational program brings recycling and litter prevention awareness to the community and school. This project will target the coverage area by school workshops, discussion session with teachers, media PR campaigns, classroom visitation and in presentations to businesses and government agencies.

This project will provide a venue where 1915 students and 26 teachers in North Platte will

share with people of all ages and interests historical and environmental information through "hands on" and public speaking (drama or storytelling) formats. Students will be involved in

three learning activities which will lead students along a path which studies respect for the Earth based on the historical models of care of the Earth from the Indian and Pioneer culture.

Students will then develop their own Respect service project based on the Reduce, Reuse and Recycle message received from Timothy Wenk, in the Magic of Recycling an award-winning public education presentation. Trips to Dancing Leaf Lodge and Living History Day will give the students an historical perspective on the close ties that Indians and Pioneers held with the Earth. The Magic of Recycling will introduce students to the hands-on paper recycling program being started in the schools. Fourth graders will lead their respective schools in setting up a school recycling site. Fourth graders will take their recycling programs and information to the pubic at PTA meetings, senior centers and retirement homes.

University of Nebraska - $24,666

Julia Torquayi
303 Canfield Administration Bldg.
Lincoln, NE. 68583-0430

Connecting Children to the Environment

Connecting children to the environment will teach children about interdependence and the life cycle through developmentally appropriate activities; and teach early childhood teachers how to incorporate environmental education concepts and activities into their curriculum. This project will involve 100 pre-school aged children and their families representing sixteen different countries approximately, 100 college students in child development, early childhood education, and elementary education, twenty toddlers and their families and five toddler teachers. An interactive workshop will be held for 100 participants, including early childhood teachers, home child care providers. The children will develop demonstration gardens to teach early childhood educators how to implement EE learning experiences. The children will have experiences with the environment including investigation, analysis and problem solving. A final product will be a framework for teaching environmental education concepts to young children.

A summer solstice festival will be held in June 2003.


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