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Ohio EPA Awards $5,000 Environmental Education Mini Grant to the Heartland Outdoor School

Ohio EPA has awarded $5,000 to the Heartland Outdoor School to fund a program and equipment to teach stream monitoring to pre-kindergarten to high school students. Fourteen environmental education mini grants were awarded statewide for $58,345.

The grant will provide water quality monitoring meters and macro-invertebrate sampling equipment to an outdoor education program serving 8,000 students a year from various districts. This project expands the existing stream study class at Heartland Outdoor School by adding a partnership with university-level researchers by allowing students to participate in actual scientific studies. Equipment includes dip nets, kick seines, Hester-Dendy samplers, dissolved oxygen meters, a flow plankton splitter and a flow velocity meter. The Ohio State University College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences is collaborating.

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 awarded for projects lasting up to 12 months and range from $500 and $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, visit the Ohio Environmental Education Fund on the web or call (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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