Melissa Schultz Nature Preserve Receives Education Grant from Ohio EPA

More than 350 kindergarten through middle school students and local residents will learn about habitat restoration with help from a $5,000 Ohio EPA Education grant to the Melissa Schultz Nature Preserve.

The nature preserve is operated by the Montessori School of Wooster. Weekly nature classes for students at the school and summer day camps for students from four Wayne County summer programs and preschools will help educate about plant and animal identification, weather, site history, water and soil testing. Additional activities will be offered for students in an after-school outdoor education club.

Eight grants were awarded statewide for a total of $35,614. The Ohio Environmental Education Fund provides funding each year for projects serving kindergarten through university students, the public and the regulated community.

Eligible grant recipients include environmental groups, public and private schools, colleges and universities, trade or professional organizations, businesses and state and local governments. Letters of intent for the next grant round are due to Ohio EPA no later than July 10, 2017, and applications are due no later than July 17, 2017. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Ohio Environmental Education Fund online or at (614) 644-2873 to discuss project ideas.


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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