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6/30/14
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Ohio EPA Awards Environmental Education Grant to Cedar Bog Nature Preserve

A Champaign County group, assisted by an $11,300 Environmental Education Fund grant from Ohio EPA, is making big plans for Earth Day 2015. A program at Cedar Bog Nature Preserve will help educators, students and their families understand karst terrain and the unique local geological features and wildlife habitats created when the Wisconsin glaciers receded. These include Champaign County’s Cedar Bog, Ohio Caverns and Kiser Lake wetlands.

Ohio EPA awarded 11 environmental education grants statewide for $304,136.

The Outdoor Environmental Education Collaborative Outreach Committee of Champaign County will hold a February 2015 teacher workshop to introduce learning activities aligned with the science standards from the national Project Underground and Project WILD/Aquatic WILD curricula to explore topics such as cave ecology, sinkholes, the vulnerability of local ground water supplies in karst terrain and the threat to Ohio bat populations from White Nose Syndrome.

These lessons and other activities from Project WET, Project Learning Tree and Healthy Water, Healthy People will be offered to as many as 1,000 local students and families at a day-long environmental education program around Earth Day 2015 to encourage local habitat restoration efforts.

Graham, Mechanicsburg and Urbana school districts are participating. Ohio Caverns, Urbana University and Valley View Woodlands are collaborating on the project.

The Ohio Environmental Education Fund is administered by Ohio EPA. Eligible grant recipients include environmental groups, public and private schools, colleges and universities, trade or professional organizations, businesses and state and local governments. For additional information, contact the Ohio Environmental Education Fund on the web or at (614) 644-2873.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.

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