The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is competing in the Pepsi Refresh Project competition to win a grant to boost environmental education throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. A Pepsi Refresh grant would support expenses for 4,500 students to learn outside, including a transportation stipend for 1,125 underserved urban & rural students to travel to any of CBF’s 15 outdoor classrooms during 2010-11.
“A day spent learning outside, paddling a canoe, sailing on a historic oyster vessel, working a Chesapeake ‘deadrise,’ or touring a farm, shouldn’t be just for fortunate children. This grant would significantly boost the number of students we could serve in our outdoor learning programs,” said Don Baugh, vice president for environmental education at CBF.
Pepsi Fresh is expected to award $15 million in grants this year to support ideas that improve local communities and the world. The money is awarded to groups that receive the most votes. The public can support CBF’s application by voting at http://www.refresheverything.com/outdoorclassrooms
CBF is competing for a $250,000 grant that would cover bus and other transportation costs, equipment such as canoes, life vests, water quality monitoring equipment, field guides, educational materials, vessel maintenance and other costs. The award would help children in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia.
source: MD DNR