FY2011 Region 10 Environmental Education Grant and Subgrant Awards | Region 10 | US EPA

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FY2011 Region 10 Environmental Education Grant and Subgrant Awards

Alaska | Idaho | Oregon | Washington

If you have questions call or email Sally Hanft (hanft.sally@epa.gov), Region 10 Environmental Education Grant Coordinator – 206-553-1207.

Alaska Recipients:

Nuskagak-Mulchatna Wood-Tikchik Land Trust - $19,094
Project Title: The Bristol Bay River Academy
Project Manager:
Nelli Williams
P.O. Box 1388
Dillingham, Alaska 99576

The Bristol Bay River Academy is a week-long non-formal environmental education program that merges salmon and river education with recreation and conservation principles to educate, engage and inspire 15 Bristol Bay young adults (ages 14-22) to become local leaders in salmon stewardship. Through hands-on experiences, discussion, and lessons from local experts, the project prepares the next generation of rural Alaska community leaders with the knowledge, values and skills necessary to uniquely engage in salmon conservation issues in their communities and have significant influence on local conservation decisions that will be made in the next decade. The project also prepares these young adults for job opportunities based on healthy salmon populations to reinforce the sustainable salmon economy of Bristol Bay and capitalize on engaging visitors in local conservation issues. The project seeks to strengthen the involvement of young people in community-supported and long-term protection of Bristol Bay’s wild salmon resources.

Alaska Subgrant:

Alaska Forum, Inc. - $150,000
Project Title: Community Environmental Education With Youth Involvement
Project Manager:
Kurt Eilo
P.O. Box 212409
Anchorage, Alaska 99521-2409

Alaska Forum, Inc. implements a community environmental education with youth involvement. Subgrant proposals from Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington are solicited from small communities who seek to foster youth involvement in their environmental stewardship efforts. Proposals are selected where youth are matched with a local environmental professional or teacher who will mentor youth as they address a specific problem in the community and work to solve it. Youth selected attend the Alaska Forum on the Environment and report back to their school and community on what they learn and then back into their home community on how the project is progressing using Facebook, internet mounted video and text messaging. By utilizing the internet, this information can be disseminated region wide and beyond. Youth with the most successful outcomes are invited to present on their stewardship project and environmental education efforts at the next Alaska Forum on the Environment event. Youth are learning environmental education skills as they work to address a stewardship problem, which may also provide for stimulating an interest in the environmental career field.

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Idaho Recipients

University of Idaho - $77,000
Project Title: IDAH2O Master Water Stewards
Project Manager:
Ashley McFarland
P.O. Box 443020
Morrill Hall 114
Moscow, Idaho 83843

The Master Water Stewards program is a citizen science program that trains youth and adults from diverse backgrounds to be volunteer stewards and collect water monitoring data and reinforce the concept of public ownership and stewardship of water resources. The program trains and certifies over 100 volunteers to monitor streams throughout Idaho. Stewards report assessment results back to a centralized data management system. These data are used to inform citizens about watershed conditions and to increase citizen knowledge on water quality issues. The program uses classroom instruction and intense field work to teach participants how to conduct habitat, chemical, physical and biological assessment, and watershed mapping techniques.

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Oregon Recipients:

Long Tom Watershed Council - $47,000
Project Title: Amazon Creek Toxics Education and Action
Project Manager:
Jason Schmidt
751 S. Danebo Avenue
Eugene, Oregon 97402

This project uses pesticide monitoring data from Amazon Creek and collaborates with a number of diverse committed stakeholders to educate five targeted audiences in the urban and rural areas of the watershed to improve pesticide and stormwater literacy. This project supports the efforts of the ongoing Amazon Creek Pesticide Stewardship Partnership (PSP), the first PSP in an urban and rural setting. Project goals include: assemble balanced, scientifically accurate, current and comprehensive materials; recruit around 250 people from five key urban and agricultural audiences; provide outreach to diverse audiences including a Spanish translator for Hispanic populations; engage audiences in identifying and implementing solutions; build relationships between experts & practitioners; develop individual BMP education for key sites and audiences; share results; and use ongoing water monitoring to measure success and provide feedback to support water quality actions. The project uses presentations, trainings, field visits, site visits, and written web-based materials to reach the five target audiences, incorporating behavior change principles and techniques.

Oregon Subgrants:

Western Oregon University - $150,000
Project Title: Project SITE (Students Involved with Their Education)
Project Manager:
Dr. Bonnie Morihara
345 N. Monmouth Avenue
Monmouth, Oregon 97361

Project SITE (Students Involved With Their Education) supports a sub-award program and environmental stewardship through inquiry-based service learning projects for middle and high school students. The sub-awards go to low-performing middle and high schools in low socio-economic and rural areas. With a focus on taking action on climate change or protecting America's waters, the projects selected range from $2000- $5000 and go to between 20 to 30 projects across EPA Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington). The projects fund well-designed service learning projects that seek to increase student engagement and commitment, provide ways for students to practically apply learning, and explore possible careers in the environmental field. Incorporating a service learning focus in which students are able to take action through community projects fosters the environmental stewardship critical for real change to occur. As a final recognition and celebration of the students' accomplishments, students and their teachers participate in a web-based conference to showcase their projects and share lessons learned and the impact on their communities. The grantee has established a website with information, resources, and links for sub-grantees and establishes web-based communication tools.

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Washington Recipients

Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction - $76,000
Project Title: Implementing Key Strategies of the WA State Environmental and Sustainability Literacy Plan
Project Manager:
Gilda Wheeler
Old Capitol Building
P.O. Box 47200
Olympia, Washington 98504-7200

This project implements three key strategies of the Washington State Environmental and Sustainability Literacy Plan and provides a continuum of pre-K-12 environmental and sustainability education. The strategies are: (1) embed and align environmental and sustainability concepts and elements of the Washington Native American Reading Curriculum into existing elementary grade high-use science instruction materials and provide professional development on the use of these lessons to reach 240 elementary schools and 4,800 students across the state; (2) develop and pilot model lessons that embed and align environmental and sustainability education into high-use early learning curriculum and programs targeting 10 early learning teachers; and (3) support Career and Technical Education 40 middle and high school teachers who will teach the new Washington State Green Sustainable Design and Technology Course.

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URL: http://yosemite.epa.gov/R10/EXTAFF.NSF/Reports/ee_grants_2011

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