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Toledo Institute of Development and Environment: Youth Conservation Competition, Southern Belize
Green Iguana Conservation and Population Study in Costa Rica
Kaslam Mandala Proposal, San Antonia, Guatemala.
Capacity Building Project, Ecological Society for Eastern Africa
Environmental Education, Colobus Trust, Kenya
Oyster Rearing in the York River, Williamsburg, VA
Newport Bay Eelgrass Project, Orange County Coastkeepers, CA
Ecological Training and Awareness Raising, Africana Community Rehabilitation Organization (ARCO), Moshi, Tanzania. Funds used for environmental education training, tree planting and construction of fuel improved cooking stoves.
New Iberia Senior High School, New Iberia, LA. Pollution assessment and exploration using PCR and other molecular techniques to screen for bacteria contamination.
The Teaching Ecology Collaborative, North Carolina Arboreteum, Asheville, NC. Funds used for teacher training workshops to build ecological knowledge and a network of holistic environmental educators.
Urban Umbrella Underfoot, Keystone School, San Antonio, TX. Students survey the urban forest to study tree health.
Eyak Village Schools, Cordova, Alaska
Spoon River College, Macomb, Illinois
Baldwin Biomonitoring, Quincy, Illinois
Cardigan Mountain School, Canaan, NH
P.E.A.C.E., Bangladesh. This wonderful project is the design of a former Peace Corps volunteer in Bangladesh. She has returned to work with local teachers to develop and implement an environmental curriculum based around conserving endangered primates in Bangladesh. She spent the summer there with great success!
Secondary School for Law, Brooklyn, New York. This project allows high school students at an NYC magnet school to examine the problem of lead poisoning from a variety of disciplines. Students will collect paint and water samples and compare these to socio-economic data. This innovative project integrates both the scientific and social aspects of an environmental concern.
Global Environmental Teachings Program, Stevens Point, WI. Teachers in Stevens Point have partnered with a school in Puerto Rico to link their teaching. They use the example of migratory birds to show the interconnection between their two communities. Our funds will purchase equipment for the teachers in Puerto Rico to allow for better integration.
L.I.F.E. School, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Our funds will support a long-term stream monitoring program described by the applicants as: “The purpose of this project is to teach children in the Lake Atitlán region of Guatemala to analyze the water quality of local streams through the collection of macroinvertebrates.” We particularly liked that the project was integrated into the classroom curriculum and included astrong hypothesis testing and experimental design component.
Cameron, West Virginia. Continuing with the stream-monitoring theme, we funded a project intended to assess factors affecting stream health in nearby streams. Again, we were impressed with integration of the field research into the overall curriculumand the very strong hypothesis testing aspect.
Trees for Life, Gimomoi Youth Polytechnic, Kenya. Our funds will support a community-based agri-forestry project run by the local school. The students will design and build the tree nursery and then work with local farmers and landowners to plant trees for food, forage and erosion control. We are particularly excited about this project because of Melinda's service with US Peace Corps in Kenya. We thank ICRAF for assisting us with making this grant possible. Photos available here.
Butler Elementary School, Avon, MA. Our funds will provide 6th grade students an opportunity to engage in an authentic wetland assessment and management project. They will use a Rapid Assessment approach to characterize the condition of freshwater wetlands near their school. They will use GIS and field techniques to develop simple research projects to monitor local water quality.
Juan Fernandez Islands Conservancy. Seattle, WA. Our funds will support environmental education in the Juan Fernandez Islands off the coast of Chile, in South America. The project Juan Fernandez Islands Conservancy addresses conservation issues on many levels and our support will directly support the work of local educators in conducting local-based programs to increase awareness of the terrestrial and marine environments.
Highland Central School. Warrenton, VA. Our funds will support the “Hawks Get Wet” project at Highland School. Students will be doing local-based monitoring and surveying to compare how well replicated wetlands maintain function and support species relative to natural wetland areas. In addition to surveying local critters, they will also design and conduct experiments and utilize this system to better learn basic biology and the process of conducting research.