Three New Hampshire Organizations Awarded Grants to Improve Environmental Literacy

Rising to the top of a highly competitive process, the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, and Peter Woodbury School/Bedford School District were each awarded $5,000 from the New England Environmental Education Alliance. These programs will contribute to increasing the environmental knowledge and skills of students, teachers, and families in New Hampshire.

Made possible by a $150,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the New England Environmental Education Alliance (www.neeea.org), in partnership with New Hampshire Environmental Educators (www.nhee.org), received nearly 100 proposals for educational programs that focus on learning about the environment.

Nineteen projects throughout New England were funded. Ultimately the projects will strengthen the ability of other environmental and community organizations to develop and deliver environmental education programs, helping the public to make informed decisions that affect environmental quality.

The Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, based in Littleton, will work with partners to develop a replicable model that will help educators integrate learning in the arts, science, and other subject areas. The project will target schools, environmental/nature centers, out-of-school/after-school programs, and community members and organizations.

The Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, based in North Woodstock, N.H., will
bring together a variety of teacher professional development providers, such as
colleges, universities, state and federal agencies, and non-governmental organizations. The purpose is to develop a plan to increase environmental literacy of current and future classroom teachers.

The Peter Woodbury School/Bedford School District in Bedford, N.H., will provide training in environmental topics and curricula to educators of Pre-Kindergarten through grade 3 from the Bedford region. The project will train educators on using the outdoors to enhance student learning in multiple subject areas, including reading, writing and math. The program will be shared with educators in other regions.

Together, the 19 environmental education projects funded in New England will develop and test new educational techniques that address critical environmental issues while advancing the education standards of New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Environmental Educators (NHEE) is a statewide professional Environmental Education organization. NHEE’s mission is to advocate for high quality environmental education in New Hampshire, and to provide environmental educators with a forum for networking and professional development. For more information, visit NHEE.org.

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