(Denver, Colo. -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Ecology Project International (EPI), based in Missoula, Mont., an environmental education grant of $32,200 to carry out a hands-on field science and conservation program for Montana teens. The program will partner teens with field-based researchers studying climate-change and biodiversity protection issues as part of EPI’s Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology program. In addition to building stewardship and a foundation in environmental sciences, teens will be involved in projects that will help improve habitat, protect endangered species and inform land management in the area.
“Environmental Education grants are extremely competitive and this year's grantees represent the best of the best,' said Wendy Dew, EPA Region 8 environmental education coordinator. 'These are innovative projects that will advance community awareness and shape the next generation of environmental stewards.'
Under the 1990 National Environmental Education Act, EPA has the authority to support and create environmental education programs nationwide. Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations, government agencies, community groups, tribes, schools and universities. More information about EPA’s environmental education grants program is available at http://www.epa.gov/education/grants.html.