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Ohio EPA Awards Environmental Education Grant to Promote Citizen Scientists
Lucas County middle school students will have the opportunity to explore careers in natural resources and the environment thanks to a $48,573 grant from the Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF). The grant was awarded to Metroparks of the Toledo Area – one of eight Ohio communities and organizations to receive a total of $239,941 to support environmental education programs.
Metroparks will use the money to provide 900 students with multiple field experiences, so they may discover what it is like to be a scientist. Following scientific protocols, the students will collect real world data and report their results to actual scientists at NASA and NOAA. In addition, the students’ teachers will receive professional development training in GLOBE.gov investigative science methodology and natural science career exploration.
Collaborating with Metroparks on the project are the Environmental Education Council of Ohio, Xcite Learning, Toledo Public Schools and Springfield Local Schools.
OEEF grants are funded with a portion of the civil penalties Ohio EPA collects for violations of Ohio’s air and water pollution control laws. OEEF awards grants for a variety of environmental education projects serving kindergarten through university students, the public and the regulated community. Eligible recipients include environmental groups, public and private schools, colleges and universities, trade and professional organizations, state and local governments, and businesses.
For the next round of grants, electronic letters must be submitted by July 10 and completed applications are due July 17. Additional information is available on OEEF’s webpage or by calling (614) 644-2873.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.