KEA Environmental Education Grant
Founded in 1972, Kootenai Environmental Alliance is the oldest nonprofit conservation organization in Idaho. Our mission is to “conserve, protect and restore the environment with particular emphasis on the Idaho Panhandle and the Coeur d’Alene Basin.” KEA has always held that an informed public is essential to safeguarding our environment, as our future relies on a well-educated public to be wise stewards of the very environment that sustains us and future generations. It is environmental education which can best help us as individuals make the complex, conceptual connections between economic prosperity, benefits to society, environmental health, and our own well-being. Ultimately, the collective wisdom of our citizens, gained through education, will be the most compelling and most successful strategy for environmental management.
We know that teachers have limited funds to achieve their goals for environmental education activities. For the fourth year, we are pleased to offer the KEA Environmental Education Grant to support teachers in engaging their students in hands-on, science-based educational activities to enhance classroom learning, increase students’ knowledge and skills, and help instill a heightened sense of environmental stewardship.
Thanks to the support from the City of Post Falls, the City of Coeur d’ Alene and Doma Coffe this year we are able to award grants to four schools!
2017 Grant Winners
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 busing 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.
Who can apply?
K-12 teachers in Kootenai County.
KEA will award two $1,000 Grant to an area teachers for implementation in the 2017-2018 school year.
Priorities will be given to programs that emphasize one or more of these elements:
- Environmental science-based education
- Local food web education
- Environmental education awareness
- Integration of content standards
If funding is awarded, a short follow up narrative describing student activities, student outcomes and a list of expenditures must be submitted by June 15, 2018. (Photos encouraged).
Projects funds may include:
- Transportation costs
- Teacher education (i.e. workshop costs to support project. Up to 25%)
Fill out the grant application. Attach any supporting materials.
Submit completed application to:
Mail: Kootenai Environmental Alliance Email: KEA@kealliance.org
PO Box 1598
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83816
Questions: Contact Sharon Bosley, Director Phone 208.667.9093
Thanks to the Support from:
2017 Grant Recipient: Post Falls High School- Cindy Rust
2015 Grant Recipient: Bryan Elementary 2nd Grade “Understanding Water in Our Community” Project
2014 Grant Recipient: