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 fifth 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, Ray and Jane Morgan and Doma Coffee Roasting Compant this year we are able to award grants to four schools!
2018 Grant Winners
Kootenai Environmental Alliance has given $500 to New Visions High School to allow them to purchase Vernier measurement probes for their green house. They will be able to measure the reactants and products of photosynthesis and respiration (oxygen and carbon dioxide). They will also be able to test how altering different variables affects the rate of photosynthesis, such as pH, temperature, humidity, moisture, salinity, and color of light.
Kootenai Environmental Alliance has also given $1,000 to Lake City High School’s Outdoor Studies Program. These funds will be used for a day on the river where they will learn about the history of the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River as well as testing the Water Quality of the River. This field trip will help further the program’s mission of growing reflective, empowered, active, student-citizens and stewards of our community and surrounding environment.
Timberlake High School received $500 towards Hach Surface Water Test Kits. The students will sample the water of Spirit Lake and along Brickle Creek as they work to answer the guiding question, “Is Spirit Lake clean?” Over 160 students will collect data in the field using water quality kits, material for collecting and analyzing benthic macro invertebrates, and tools for measuring physical and biological components of their watershed.
Greensferry Elementary received $500 for Foss Science kits. The digital Foss Kit will provide up to 80 third grade students the opportunity to study the idea of Interdependence in Ecosystems. Foss Science Kits are created to engage students in hands-on science through active learning.
Who can apply?
K-12 teachers in Kootenai County.
KEA will award two $1,000 Grant to an area teachers for implementation in the 2018-2019 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, 2019 (Photos encouraged).
Projects funds may include:
- Transportation costs
- Teacher education (i.e. workshop costs to support project. Up to 25%)
Grant is closed for 2018.
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