Region 5 of the U.S. EPA Awards Educational Grants
Washington, DC - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 recently
awarded $190,000 for environmental education projects to 23 recipients
in the Midwest.
More than 150 organizations competed for funds. As required by law, most
of the awards are for grass-roots programs costing $5,000 or less.
In the past 10 years, Region 5 has awarded more than $1.5 million in
educational grants to academic institutions, nonprofit groups, park districts
and tribes in the Midwest. EPA is awarding these funds under the 1990
National Environmental Education Act, which gives EPA the authority to
support and create environmental education programs nationwide.
The awards given were for environmental education projects:
- Michigan, $15,000. The projects include educating residents of
the Huron River watershed about stream ecology, teaching high school
students how to test for biological contamination of waters around
a popular recreation area and educating a tribe about radon. The recipients
are Huron River Watershed in Ann Arbor, Lake Superior State University
in Sault Ste. Marie and Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi.
- Minnesota, $26,485. The projects include a water festival for fifth-graders,
a workshop series about environmental issues in the Twin Cities area,
a teacher-training workshop on bio-monitoring streams and an educational
series about organic gardening. The recipients are Carver County,
Eco Education in St. Paul, Minnesota State Horticultural Society and
Prairie Country Resource Conservation and Development.
- Indiana, $14,770. The projects include a course on urban environmental
issues for college students, an environmental summer camp and teacher
training. The recipients are Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting,
Friends of the Indiana Dunes in Beverly Shores and Rensselaer Central
- Illinois, $23,355. The projects include teacher training workshops
and activities for middle school students. The recipients are Lake
County Forest Preserve District, Lake Michigan Federation, Wheaton
Park District and Windy City Earth Force.
- Ohio, $64,152. The projects include a butterfly observation deck,
lessons in integrated pest management for managers of child care centers,
workshops on water pollution and virtual field trips to Lake Erie
for students. The recipients are Clark Center Alternative School in
Marietta, Environmental Health Watch in Cleveland, Geauga Soil and
Water Conservation District in Burton, Ohio State University Research
Foundation, and Public Broadcasting Foundation of Northwest Ohio.
- Wisconsin, $46,238. The projects include an online directory of
nature centers, classes about the Milwaukee River, teacher training
and an environmental education conference. Recipients are the Aldo
Leopold Nature Center in Monona, the River Revitalization Foundation
in Milwaukee, the Superior School District and the Wisconsin Association
for Environmental Education in Stevens Point.