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MEDIA CONTACT: Heather Lauer
CITIZEN CONTACT: Darla Peelle
Ohio EPA Awards $5,690 Environmental Education Grant to Hamilton County Organization
Ohio EPA has awarded $5,690 to the Cincinnati Nature Center for its program Nature in the Classroom – Teacher Training Program. Seven grants were awarded statewide for $237,091.
This project provides 24 first through eighth grade teachers with basic knowledge of local natural history as well as methods for integrating science-based nature interpretation into state teaching standards. A three-day summer session will show teachers how they can teach and encourage their students to investigate nature in the schoolyard. Two hours of hands-on nature training will prepare 12 classroom parents to volunteer for at least five hours each during the school year. The grant also will provide the teachers with field guides, bird feeders and other supplies.
The Ohio Environmental Education Fund is administered by Ohio EPA. Eligible grant recipients include environmental groups, public and private schools, colleges and universities, trade or professional organizations, businesses and state and local governments.
For additional information, contact the Ohio Environmental Education Fund at (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. In the past 40 years, 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. Ohio EPA….40 years and moving forward.