10/31/14
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Ohio EPA Awards $4,982 Environmental Education Mini Grant to Program for Holmes, Stark and Wayne Counties

Ohio EPA has awarded a $4,982 environmental education mini grant to the Wilderness Center to fund a Sugar Creek Watershed Environmental Education project. Nine projects throughout the state were funded for $36,589.

The grant funding will support the creation of site-specific watershed science lessons targeting 7th to 12th graders. The project involves reestablishing an educational outdoor space with accessible headwater streams in an area recently subjected to storm damage. This space is a prime location to demonstrate the impact of natural and human watershed disturbances on the ecosystem.

Multiple lesson plans will give students effective environmental problem-solving experiences including hands-on learning activities, evidence-based decision making and other multidisciplinary approaches. The program provides macroinvertebrate sampling supplies and supports the cost of transportation and substitute teachers to enable 200 students to identify how natural disturbance, local land use and community decisions affect the quality of the environment.

The mini grant will also replace storm-damaged trail markers utilized with a wilderness walk podcast used by thousands of hikers.

Collaborators include the Ohio State University School of Environmental and Natural Resources, and the Dalton, East Holmes, Green and Orrville Local School Districts.

The Ohio Environmental Education Fund provides funding each year for environmental education projects targeting kindergarten through university students, the general public and the regulated community. For additional information, visit the Ohio Environmental Education Fund 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. 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.


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