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Roosevelt Elementary School students received a grant for environmental education, which will begin in February. Some students tested out the program, top and bottom photos, with a trip to Tamarac Wildlife Refuge, where they learned how to use the GPS for the "History of the Habitat" program.

Roosevelt School awarded environmental education grant

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The Minnesota Association for Environmental Education announced that it has awarded $1,487 to Roosevelt School third grade to support environmental education programming and curriculum.

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Through its Environmental Learning in Minnesota grant program, MAEE provides funding for 13 schools or organizations to supply "real world" environmental learning education for students throughout the state.

The association estimates that more than 3,100 students will be reached with environmental education through these grant-funded programs.

The third graders at Roosevelt School will be participating in a "History of a Habitat" project along with Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. The third grade students will be using GPS to plot a specific location in the refuge to study.

The students will visit that location on several occasions to document signs life and weather conditions of the habitat. They will create a historical document of the location using digital cameras and journaling.

They will then utilize inquiry skills to develop further questions to research about the habitat.

This information will be collected at this site in order to track changes in the environment over several years of study at the specific location.

More than 60 applications vied for grants of up to $1,500 to be used in the 2009-2010 academic year. Applications were evaluated on 10 criteria, including learning objectives, assessment, and contribution of the program or project to an existing curriculum.

The ELM Grant program is a collaboration between the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Environmental Education Advisory Board and the Minnesota Association for Environmental Education, a non-profit professional association whose mission is to support and advance environmental education in Minnesota.

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