Two Kansas environmental education projects have been awarded about $55,000 from EPA Region 7.
The awards are among grants totaling $217,036 that will go to schools, universities and organizations in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska, the four states that comprise Region 7.
EPA's Environmental Education Grant program provides seed money for new projects and to advance existing projects. The projects increase public awareness of environmental issues and provide the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment.
The Kansas grants went to Fort Hays State University and the Kansas Wildscape Foundation at Lawrence.
Fort Hays State will get $35,466 to fund the creation of an interpretative nature trail. The trail will be part of a 22-acre outdoor classroom that will let participants observe nature and ask questions from local environmental experts about the natural environment in an urban setting. The project will be open to teachers, students and the general public.
The Kansas Wildscape Foundation will get $19,722 to address multiple environmental issues of water quality, indoor and outdoor air, energy conservation and natural resource management. This project will increase the capacity of public and private organizations to deliver environmental education programs, information on children's health and outdoor experiences to the youth in Kansas.