Education Foundation Receives Grant for Environmental Literacy Course
Release Date: 6/25/2010 9:34:18 AM
The Carroll County Public Schools Education Foundation is the recipient of a three-year grant totaling $252,200 to support the Carroll County Outdoor School. The grant was awarded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Chesapeake Bay Office B-WET (Bay Watershed Education and Training) Program. NOAA B-WET competitive grants provide funding for cutting edge Chesapeake Bay-related education and restoration efforts.
The grant will support a project entitled “Developing and Implementing a K-12 Environmental Literacy Course of Study.” This is the continuance of a multi-year process that engages all Carroll County students in meaningful watershed educational experiences. These experiences will be directly tied to classroom instruction and will culminate in school yard habitat enhancement and watershed mitigation projects.
Using the outdoors as a “hands-on” laboratory where students can see, touch and learn about their local watershed strengthens student connections to the natural world. The meaningful watershed experience supports the important task of engaging students in the environment through a strong complement of field and classroom experiences. This provides an opportunity to teach science, math, reading, social studies, and even art in an interesting and thought-provoking manner.