Environmental Education as a Resource
One of the future intentions for the PQC stream will be utilization for educational purposes. It is possible to incorporate students in the surrounding area as resources for completing restoration.
- During restoration for Strawberry Creek, a stream which flows through a main part of the UC Berkeley campus, Berkeley High School students have acted as student volunteers, assisting with plantings, and removing exotic species along the banks of Strawberry Creek.
- This model has the potential to be incorporated for the Paul Quinn College stream restoration project.
- Provides a unique environmental education opportunity
- Reduces the cost of the restoration.
- By incorporating students from schools within the Dallas Independent School district as well as at Trinity Environmental Academy, the stream serves as an educational opportunity, both during and after its restoration.
Environmental Education Grants
The following two grants serve as examples for the PQC stream project, combining environmental education and restoration.
- The Galveston Bay Foundation was awarded a grant for a coastal wetlands nursery program.
- This acted as both an education and restoration initiative.
- Students cultivated plugs of smooth cordgrass on their individual campuses and then transplanted the grasses to locally chosen marsh restoration sites
- Texas State University-San Marcos was awarded a grant for an urban watersheds projects that addressed issues of water quality and pollination in the Oso creek watershed
- The project was aimed at increasing environmental literacy and acted as a service learning project for local students
- The Creeklife website intends to connect projects in need of funding, to those that want to donate their time or their money to a particular project.
- It is possible to raise funds for the process of restoration, as well as obtain volunteers for any activities which would take place during restoration.
National and State level grants were explored as possible sources of funding. The selected grants focus on the use of the PQC stream as an educational tool to qualify for funding. Grants awarded for work on water quality and maintenance could also be applicable to the PQC stream restoration project.
Environmental Education (EE) Grants for Region 6
- Awarded by the EPA, this grant is directly applicable to our restoration project as it is designed to fund projects performed by local education agencies, state education or environmental agencies, and colleges or universities. The current plan for the PQC stream restoration project fits one or more of the classifications of the EE Grant’s eligible organizations as the restoration project could be performed by the local Environmental Charter School, Paul Quinn College, or another education/environmental entity.
- Further information for this grant can be accessed at: http://www2.epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-grants
Captain Planet Foundation
- With the mission to give the next generation of environmental stewards an active understanding and love for the natural environment in which we live, this organization supports hands-on environmental projects designed to foster innovation, inspiration, and empowerment in youth as they work individually and collectively to create environmental solutions in their communities.
- Our mission for the PQC stream restoration project can easily encompass the framework of the Captain Planet Foundation, and in turn this restoration project is realistically eligible for a grant from this foundation.
- With a Small Grants Program in place, which can fund $500-$2,000 towards environmental education projects, this foundation could provide the necessary funding to realize this project’s conservative goals towards environmental education and ecological restoration.
- Further information on the Captain Planet Foundation can be accessed at: http://captainplanetfoundation.org/
Other Funding Options
- Depending on what aspect of the PQC stream restoration project we would like to highlight, there are a myriad of funding options and grants that can be made applicable.
- Keep Texas Beautiful
- An initiative that makes available various methods and sources of funding to Texas based projects aimed at ecological improvement which can manifest themselves in numerous ways.
- This is a very helpful site that allows environmentally based projects to find funding with ease
- Information on other potential sources of funding, such as the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators, and the Rudy Burner Award for Urban Excellence, among others, can be found on this website.
- Further information can be found at:
- The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has awarded more than 10,000 grants totaling $640 million. Many of the organizations and projects funded are similar to ours at PQC. The NFWF funding the PQC stream restoration project is a reasonable and possible proposition.
- Further information can be found at: http://www.nfwf.org/whatwedo/grants/Pages/home.aspx#.VN02KWTF-PV
- As this project progress and becomes more concrete, further research for potential resources and sources of funding must be done; this task will become easier and the project will become more likely to acquire funding as project details are finalized and project implementation begins. Continued research is necessary to provide the required resources for the completion of the PQC stream restoration project as planning and implementation continues into the future.
Texas Conservation Corps is an AmeriCorps service program of American YouthWorks, a nationally recognized job training nonprofit headquartered in Austin, Texas. Each year the program engages over 100 diverse youth and college-aged young adults in critical, hands-on conservation and disaster service projects, giving participants the skills and opportunities to solve real life community and environmental problems. Building a trail at a Texas State Park, habitat restoration in deep East Texas, helping out in the aftermath of a flood in the Rio Grande Valley, hazard tree felling for a city park and preserve system, or managing volunteers at a conservation project just about anywhere in the Southwestern and Gulf regions- these are just a few of the projects we might be doing each week. Texas Conservation Corps (TxCC) is a powerful regional resource, not only for our conservation and disaster services, but also for our program alumni, who leave the program trained and ready to become the next leaders in these important fields.
Americorps Texas conservation coalition (TxCC), serves as a great resource for Stream restoration projects. A broad spectrum of resources can be obtained from experienced community engagements activities.
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