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Ohio EPA Awards $4,749 Environmental Education Mini Grant to Scioto Soil and Water Conservation District

Ohio EPA has awarded the Scioto Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) an environmental education mini grant of $4,749 for “CSI: Shawnee,” a science camp at Camp Oyo and Shawnee State Park. Fourteen grants were awarded statewide for $58,345.

The “CSI: Shawnee” grant will fund standards-based science camp for about 50 5th-7th graders from Adams, Brown, Highland, Pike and Scioto counties. The two-day and two-night-long camp will continue yearly beginning in July 2013. The camp will offer at minimal cost to students the opportunity to explore natural resources careers and experience the science, technology and skills used in field research.

The grant will provide water quality test kits, nets, handheld GPS units and microscopes. The equipment also will be available for use by the collaborating agencies throughout the year for various school and public programs. Collaborators include The Ohio State University Extension, Shawnee State University, Bloom-Vernon Local School District, Simon Kenton Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Adams County and Brown County SWCDs.

The Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF) awards grants each year for environmental education projects targeting kindergarten through university students, the general public and the regulated community. General grants are awarded for projects lasting up to 30 months and costing up to $50,000.

Mini grants are available for projects lasting up to 12 months and range from $500 to $5,000. Proposals for classroom projects, conference speakers, and other activities that are eligible under the general grant program are eligible under the mini-grant program, but the application process is streamlined.

For additional information, contact the Ohio Environmental Education Fund at (614) 644-2873.

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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.


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