Schools in Erie, Perry, Richland, and Wood Counties receive funding
Five Ohio organizations are receiving Ohio EPA Environmental Education mini grants for projects focused on habitat restoration, storm water management, and environmental careers. The mini grants are being awarded statewide for a total of $16,066.
The five mini environmental education grants being awarded for Spring 2022 are:
- Eastwood Local Schools – Eastwood Middle and High Schools, in Wood and Erie counties, is receiving $2,060 for 8th grade science lessons focusing on reproduction, adaptations, and natural selection of trout, and what makes successful or unsuccessful habitats over time. The high school marine science class will monitor and care for the fish as they grow.
- Perrysburg Exempted Village School District – Hull Prairie Intermediate, in Wood and Erie counties, is receiving $1,506 to raise trout from eggs to fingerlings and facilitate their release in an Ohio Department of Natural Resources-approved location. The focus is on the importance of trout in the biosphere, water quality, pollution, and restoration efforts.
- Friends of Old Woman Creek, in Erie County, is receiving $5,000 to install a weather station at the Western Reserve Local School’s campus to be monitored by educators and students with assistance from Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve staff.
- Alpha – Alpha School, in Perry County, is receiving $2,500 to construct towers for chimney swifts to live in and breed. The towers will be 16 feet high and placed in the Wild School Site.
- Mansfield City Schools – Springhill STEM Elementary, in Richland County, is receiving $5,000 to provide professional development of the Project WET and Project Learning Tree Curriculum for teachers and students.
The Ohio Environmental Education Fund provides grants each year for environmental education projects serving kindergarten through university students, the public, and the regulated community. Mini grants are available for projects costing between $500 and $5,000.
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 8, 2022, and applications are due no later than July 15, 2022. 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.