Calypso Farm and Ecology Center - $10,000
P.O. Box 106
Ester, Alaska 99725
Susan Willsrud – (907) 451-0691
Schoolyard Garden Initiative – This project is a coordinated effort to create a network of school gardens across the Fairbanks-North Star Borough School District to be used for hands-on learning and environmental education. The project funds a series of teacher trainings for around 70 teachers at two pilot elementary schools and a comprehensive garden-based resources guide adapted for Alaska conditions. The guide is correlated to state and local grade-specific learning standards.
Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council - $17,682
815 2nd Avenue, Suite 201
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
Robert Rosenfield – (907) 451-2530
“Reduce the Use” Campaign - This project includes working with youth in four villages to ban plastic grocery bags and Styrofoam cups, provides education about solid waste accumulation in the landfill, and introduces re-usable “potlatch bags.” Youth work with mentors in the community to initiate the campaign. They work with the tribal council and the city for support to ban the identified products, and educate the community through media and classroom presentations. The youth and mentors attend a two-day retreat to develop the campaign and a community outreach education plan. The youth also implement alternative practices by distributing potlatch bags (small canvas bags with a dish, bowl, cup, and flatware) to community members to use at every gathering. Youth assess the amount of waste collected from community dinners by counting the number of garbage bags and comparing it to the dinners previously taken place.
Friends of the Teton River (FTR) - $10,584
36 East Little Avenue/P.O. Box 768
Driggs, Idaho 83422
Lyn Benjamin – (208) 354-3871
Blackfoot Farms Outdoor Classroom Project - FTR implements the Teton Watershed Curriculum via the Blackfoot Farms Outdoor Classroom on the Blackfoot Farms Property. The Outdoor Classroom activities include providing two teacher workshops and teaching the existing curriculum to local students on-site. Two wetland ponds and Kid’s Creek are rehabilitated and monitored for native Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout habitat. The project also includes creating interpretive signs for rehabilitating sites and outdoor pavilion, and facilitating a student-made portfolio of all activities over the length of the project. FTR works with six K-12 grade teachers and 120 students from two elementary, middle, and high schools.
Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute, Inc. - $14,805
P.O. Box 8596/1040 Rodeo Drive
Moscow, Idaho 83843
Jake Smulkowski – (208) 882-1444
Building a Water-Conscious Moscow - This project delivers locally developed, age-appropriate Water-Conscious curricula to 15 K-12 teachers and 350 K-12 students. Classrooms participate in educational programs; then will be given an age-appropriate assignment to assess their water use at home. Results are discussed in the classroom, and students are given the opportunity to sign a pledge to be a “water-conscious citizen.” In addition, a Water-Conscious Business Program provides training and consultation to 10 Moscow businesses (a total of 50 employees) about ways to conserve and then receive recognition for their role as a regional conservation leader.
The University of Idaho - $26,708
P.O. Box 443020
Moscow, Idaho 83844
Steve Hollenhorst – (208) 885-7911
Growing What Works: A Graduate Residency and Outreach Program in Environmental Education – This grantee implements a cross-disciplinary graduate course of study in environmental education that includes a one semester teaching residency at McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS). 14 graduate students from across the country and Americorps members in the community participate in the training in community ecology, environmental education testing methods, low-impact outdoor travel and GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) program protocols. The graduate students subsequently serve as environmental education field instructors in a 10-week teaching residence at MOSS. Concurrently, they take three graduate level courses and earn 15 credits over the course of the semester. 600 5th-6h grade students participate in a 5-day ecosystem monitoring studies using scientific protocols. Students spend six hours a day in the field collecting data and two hours in a laboratory setting analyzing, comparing, and synthesizing their data across several different ecosystem types. Approximately 25 classroom teachers actively participate in all aspects of the field and laboratory studies. In the spring following the MOSS teaching residency, the 14 graduate students in the group will deliver MOSS outreach programs to an additional 500 5th and 6th grade school students across the state.
Institute for Applied Ecology - $11,000
563 SW Jefferson Avenue
Corvallis, Oregon 97333
Jennie Cramer – (541) 753-3099
Native Comeback Initiative: A Stewardship Project Pairing Schools and Prairies for Reintroduction of Endangered Plant Species - The project pairs five local schools with local native prairies, where students actively plan and participate in restoration and re-introduction of endangered plant species and habitat for the endangered butterfly (fender blue). The 200 middle and high school students are taught about the Willamette Valley ecology, botany; horticulture, giving them the skills and tools needed to understand, restore, and re-introduce endangered species to Willamette Valley prairies. Students collect, plant, and monitor native seeds, and work in the classroom, greenhouse, and field. The project involves local school children as stewards in habitat restoration involving inquiry based science and addresses one of the most highly endangered ecosystems in the United States.
Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center - $13,840
917 SW Oak Street, Suite 412
Portland, Oregon 93840
Katie Ryan – (503) 227-2598
Opal Creek Native Youth Careers Project - The Opal Creek Native Youth Careers Project conducts a week long intensive training for 20 Native American high school age youth in forest and watershed management skills. The project partners with natural resource professionals, regional Native leaders, and Center staff to lead hands-on field exercises in forest ecology, aquatic ecology, and bio-monitoring using Opal Creek ecosystem as a classroom. Tribal organizations in the Pacific Northwest are increasingly tasked with managing extensive forest and riparian areas. This project introduces Native youth to a range of skills that will qualify them to work in natural resource management and contribute to improved stewardship of Tribal forests and watersheds.
Oregon State University - $11,000
Oregon Sea Grant
322 Kerr Administration Building
Corvallis, OR 97339
Melissa Feldbert and Vicki Osis (541) 737-2758
Climate Change Teacher Workshops – From Information to Action – The University holds two on-site climate change workshops for a total of 30 upper middle and high school science teachers. The project develops a cadre of teachers in the state of Oregon who are equipped with the latest research-based information and teaching materials regarding climate change to be shared with their students and other teachers in their local area. The project is designed to focus on “information to action” -- to encourage teachers and students to develop specific projects and changes in personal life styles to reduce their contribution to climate change; emphasize the importance of informing students and the general public of current environmental research and stimulate critical thinking and problem solving skills; and improve environmental problem solving teaching skills of the teachers using the topic of climate change issues.
Wolftree - $10,000
516 SE Morrison Street, Suite 710
Portland, Oregon 97214
Jay Hopp – (541) 549-1459
Madras High School Research and Stewardship Project - Wolftree engages Madras High School students (highly motivated students in a high risk rural community) to undertake research/stewardship projects in their community. The program provides 10 field days and 10 classroom sessions (90 min. each) for 150 high school students. The focus is on ecological monitoring and restoration with mentor scientists, “real life” questions, state-of-the-art equipment training, and inquiry methods. This project serves a community that has limited access to quality programs in science.
Pacific Science Center - $16,500
200 Second Avenue N.
Seattle, Washington 98109
Apryl Brinkley – 425-450-0207
Lake Washington Watershed Internship Program Expansion – Twelve high school students from Southeast Seattle, Renton and Bellevue are recruited for a 12 month internship. The interns attend weekly after school meetings, quarterly creek monitoring and surveying, professional development fieldtrips, and restoration projects. They also develop Watershed Discovery Carts to reach the visitors of the Pacific Science Center and prepare lessons to present to fourth-grade classrooms. Interns work with their mentors to develop a cart concerning stewardship of the Lake Washington watershed. The cart includes hands-on, interactive demonstrations that allow staff and volunteers to interact with visitors on a more personal level by providing presentations that can accommodate groups of 6-10 visitors at one time at the Pacific Science Center. The goal is to get the interns, students and the public thinking critically about the effects of pollution on an important water source in the community.
Seattle Audubon Society - $13,882
8050 35th Avenue NE
Seattle, Washington 98115
Susan Tallarico – (206) 985-6993
Finding Urban Nature (FUN) for School Grades 2-5 - FUN delivers inquiry-based, hands-on science and environmental education experiences related to zoology, botany and ecology at 20 Seattle public schools (mostly in Central and South Seattle) for children in grades 2-5 right in their schoolyards and classrooms. 200 volunteers are trained to assist FUN staff to provide 8-10, 1-hour lessons over the course of the school year to approximately 1,700 students. The FUN curriculum meets both the
Environmental Education Standards of Washington State and the Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs) of the Seattle Public School District’s K-5 Life Science Framework. Volunteers and participating teachers receive two intensive training sessions during the year to be able to apply this curriculum. The goal of the project is to equip students with natural science research skills and a basis for understanding urban nature.
Washington State University - $31,899
P.O. Box 642132/423 Neil Hall
Pullman, Washington 99164
Dr. Lynda Paznokas – (509) 335-0987
Pre-Service Environmental Education Project (PEEP) - The PEEP Project allows environmental education to be incorporated into the majority of pre-service teacher preparation programs throughout the state, thus, preparing future teachers to effectively teach these concepts and skills in Washington classrooms. 20 faculty members (75% of Washington’s teacher preparation programs) are expected to participate. Teachers are trained to deliver experiential, field-based, effective, accurate, and age-appropriate environmental education skills and content to students, within the framework of Washington’s Environmental Education Guidelines for Washington Schools. Training programs at each university differ according to unique student population and university missions; however, all will include common elements such as field trips with children, curriculum training, field investigations, problem-based learning, and case studies.