Grant funds environmental education | Lifestyles

Friends of Rappahannock spokesperson Lis Heras announced earlier this month that approximately $ 140,000 of the grant would go to fund an environmental education program at schools in Fauquier and Culpeper counties. The grant, provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, will fund the program at Fauquier and Culpeper schools for three years.

The program, Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience, will combine classroom and hands-on learning to educate K-12 students about local watersheds and environmental issues.

According to a press release, Friends of the Rappahannock will partner with teachers and school staff to integrate the program into school curricula. The local nonprofit environmental associations Goose Creek Association and the Clifton Institute are also involved in the development of the program.

“Each year, hundreds of school children visit our property to learn more about the plants and animals of Virginia, but we usually don’t spend a lot of time with their teachers,” said Eleanor Harris, Executive Director of the Clifton Institute. “We are delighted to be working with the Friends of Rappahannock to teach teachers about watershed conservation and how to involve their students in this important issue. “

By Liam Bowman