WEST CHESTER (April 29) – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that six Chester County organizations will receive a total of $15,564 in state Environmental Education Grants.

“These grants will be used to develop hands-on environmental education programs and community workshops,” Dinniman said. “It is crucial that we prepare the next generation of Pennsylvanians to value and safeguard the pristine waterways, lush open spaces and precious natural treasures that make our townships and boroughs such great places to call home.”Stream Cascading Through Lush Forest

The grants, which come through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), are funded by the Environmental Education Act of 1993, which sets aside 5 percent of the pollution fines and penalties collected annually for environmental education.

The grants and projects in Chester County are as follows:

  • The Downingtown Area School District will receive $3,000 for a program in which students will study how the local economy, wildlife, recreation activities and health of the populace are dependent upon clean waters. They will monitor water quality by testing local streams and mapping the results.


  • The Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County will receive $3,000 for the Pennsylvania Master Naturalist Program, which uses classroom study and hands-on experience to train a force of educators to provide environmental education outreach and services to the public, with a focus on local natural areas and habitats.


  • The Green Valleys Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania will receive $2,882 to incorporate watershed awareness programming for 5th and 6th grade students at the Phoenixville Area Middle School through the after-school Environmental Awareness Club.


  • The Urban and Rural Science Alliance will receive $2,975 to train pre-school and daycare workers in providing workshops and model teaching on how to infuse environmental learning, health and nutrition programs into outdoor play time.


  • The Great Valley Nature Center will receive $2,500 to revise programs to align new Environmental Standards into 20 outreach programs. The programs range from 35 minutes to two hours in length and are available to teachers, of grades preschool-12th grade. Four training workshops will be presented to part-time educators and a program evaluation tool will be developed.


  • The Owen J Roberts School District will receive $1,207 to educate rising 7th and 8th grade students one the ecology of a local stream and develop a program to help to clean it up. Students will also conduct an environmental survey of a specific section of the Manatawny Creek.


The grants are part of $309,626 in total environmental education funding to be distributed to 111 schools, universities, nonprofit organizations and conservation districts across Pennsylvania.

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