The Maryland Department of Natural Resources recently awarded a total of $400,000 to six nonprofits to engage Maryland K-12 students in studying, monitoring and improving the health of their local streams over the next year.
Selected by a review panel of state, federal and nonprofit environmental groups, these projects will educate 15,000 students on their local environment, and help them gain real-world science and conservation skills.
Grant recipients include:
BioEYES at the Carnegie Institution for Science working with Baltimore City schools
Fair Hill Nature Center working with Cecil County schools
Howard County Conservancy working with Howard County schools
Izaak Walton League of America working with Montgomery and Frederick County schools
Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy working with Dorchester and Queen Anne’s County schools
The National Audubon Society’s Pickering Creek Audubon Center with Wicomico and Caroline County schools
The funding was made available in partnership with EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program. The grant program emphasizes providing students with rigorous, outdoor science investigations in local streams, and then using their studies to create stewardship action projects to improve water quality.
It also aims to connect students to STEM career ideas and provide teacher professional development – all supporting both the new watershed agreement and Maryland Environmental Literacy requirements.
For more information, visit http://dnr2.maryland.gov/Education/Pages/streamed.aspx.
source: Maryland Department of Natural Resources