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Applications open for Oklahoma environmental education grants

Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality
Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality

Applications have opened for environmental education grants from the state’s Department of Environmental Quality.

Teachers in public or private schools and group leaders from youth organizations are encouraged to apply for the grants, which range from $100 to $1000. Proposed projects must be focused on environmental education, directly involve students, tie in classroom learning objectives and be completed by the end of the next school year.

Full grant requirements and FAQ’scan be found here.

Categories for projects range from composting and recycling to outdoor classroom revitalization and edible gardens, among others.

Past projects include hydroponic and aquaponic gardens, nature trail enhancements, rain barrels, edible forests and pollinator gardens. Comanche Middle School even used its grant to test reservoir water quality and study fish populations, according to a DEQ spokesperson.

The deadline to applyon the DEQ’s website is Dec. 1, and funds are awarded in January.

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Beth reports on education topics for StateImpact Oklahoma.
StateImpact Oklahoma reports on education, health, environment, and the intersection of government and everyday Oklahomans. It's a reporting project and collaboration of KGOU, KOSU, KWGS and KCCU, with broadcasts heard on NPR Member stations.
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