Ever year Kootenai Environmental Alliance(KEA) gives out an Environmental Education Grant to one school out of several that apply for our grant. This year with the help of the City of Post Falls, the City of Coeur d’Alene, Ray and Jane Morgan and Doma Coffee we were able to supply grants to 4 different schools. Each grant will offer unique opportunities to students in our communities.
Kootenai Environmental Alliance has given a grant of $300 to Ramsey Magnet School of Science. This grant is designated for Release the Fry, which will help second graders raise rainbow trout from eggs. They will be in charge of monitoring water quality and ensuring the fish are well cared for and fed. The grant funds will be used to release the fish into their natural habitat at the end of the school year. Funds will be used for bussing to this field trip.
The second grant of $500 was allocated to Lake City High School’s Environmental Education Program. This grant will provide approximately 80 students in the 11th grade the opportunity to float the north fork of the Coeur d’ Alene River. Local Water Quality Scientists will be on hand to help them monitor water quality of the river as well as discuss riparian restoration efforts along the shoreline. This is the third year Lake City has received a grant from KEA.
The third grant went of $1000 went to Timberlake High School. Their project involves testing the water quality of Spirit Lake with 3 Hach water monitoring kits. They will test water quality at three different sites and will finish their project with a scientific write up of the results.
The fourth and final grant of $1000 was given to Post Falls High School to be used for their Chemistry in the Community Field Day. Local professionals will setup stations that will teach an aspect of water quality data collection and analysis. Students will assess shoreline and mid lake/river water samples for water quality, biological indicators and point source pollution to analyze the overall environmental health. This field trip took place Wednesday May 31st at the NIC Outdoor Pursuits beach. These students spent the entire day outside collecting data and analyzing their findings. Their teacher and grant recipient Cindy Rust was so happy to have this opportunity for these students to get outside and experience hands on science.
These grants allow students to learn outside the classroom about science and environmental education. KEA would like to thank the grant sponsors the help make this happen. We hope to continue to offer this amazing opportunity to more schools in the future.