January 29 : The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $49,846 environmental education grant to North Bay LLC in North East, Md. to train 60 middle school teachers about the importance of estuaries.
Funding will be used for a week-long program that focuses on training teachers about estuarine issues especially as they relate to the Chesapeake Bay region. Teachers are expected to take newly acquired skills into classrooms to motivate and teach students.
“We’re supporting a valuable training program for teachers that helps them reach students throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed who need to understand why protecting our estuaries is so important,” said Shawn M. Garvin, administrator for EPA’s mid-Atlantic region.
Since 1992, EPA has provided more than $2.5 million annually to local organizations and schools nationwide including about $3.5 million in 2009. These grants have funded education programs of nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and governmental agencies supporting a wide range of environmental issues for citizens of all ages.