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EPA Awards Environmental Education Grant - NH

Release Date: 08/24/2000
Contact Information: Alice Kaufman, EPA Community Affairs Office, (617) 918-1064 Kristen Conroy, Environmental Education Coordinator, (617) 918-1069

Boston - EPA New England today announced that Great Bay Stewards, Inc. of Stratham, New Hampshire, will receive a $5,000 environmental education grant for its Great Bay Kids' Ecology Club program.

"EPA is helping teachers across New England who want to bring environmental education into their classrooms," said Mindy Lubber, regional administrator for EPA New England. "These grants challenge educators to find new and creative ways to teach students about the environment."

Working with at-risk 4th and 5th grade students, the Great Bay Stewards program uses college students as mentors to teach the younger students about the ecology of the Great Bay estuary. Using existing curricula, children learn about their environment with hands-on activities while meeting the goals of education reform.

EPA New England received more than 100 applications requesting a total of $1.4 million. The agency awarded $100,000 in grants for 13 projects. The EPA funds environmental education projects that focus on improving teaching skills for educators, typically through workshops; educating teachers, students, or the public about the environment and potential health problems stemming from environmental pollution; helping states or communities to develop and deliver environmental education programs; or promoting environmental careers among students.