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Sci-Port receives Healthy Communities Grant
 
Published Thursday, December 1, 2016
by Tara Burton

Grant supports watershed education for Caddo Parish students and teachers and engagement to conserve the environment

Sci-Port Discovery Center will receive the Healthy Communities Grant from Keep Louisiana Beautiful, the state’s premier anti-litter and community improvement organization. This is the second year Keep Louisiana Beautiful has awarded Sci-Port this grant.

This grant, in the amount of $6,000, will support Sci-Port’s Watershed Stewardship Project. The goal of the Watershed Stewardship Project is to educate urban students on the importance of good environmental practices, water safety and water stewardship in order to reconnect them to the outdoors and their watershed.

“Environmental education is imperative in preserving our community’s ecosystem. A healthy natural environment not only benefits plants and wildlife; it instills health, wellness and pride for the people, too. Through this grant, we are able to provide this education to our community, allowing students and teachers to discover and appreciate the nature that surrounds them,” said Sci-Port’s Senior Manager of Sponsored Programs Heather Kleiner, Ph.D.   

Instilling an element of fun while investing in ecological training are goals for this project. These goals will be accomplished through engaging in hands-on watershed education programing, fishing at the refuge in the fall and participating in river clean up. In addition to training presented last year, this year’s project will also highlight new ecology training, horticulture training and educational tools.

Teacher workshops will begin in September; classroom activities and field trips will be held throughout the fall and spring semesters. Red River Cleanup will take place Nov. 5.

Tara Burton, 318-424-8678, 205-331-7804, tburton@sciport.org


 


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Sci-Port Discovery Center
820 Clyde Fant Parkway
Shreveport, Louisiana 71101

 

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