EPA Selects Insights El Paso Science Center's Student Conservation Program for Environmental Education Grant

Program is among 37 nationwide to receive funding

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) selected Insights El Paso Science Center in El Paso, Texas, as one of 37 organizations to receive funding under the 2018 Environmental Education (EE) Grants Program. EPA anticipates providing funding for projects across the nation, once all legal and administrative requirements are satisfied. "Insights El Paso's project will help empower students to find solutions to problems they see in their own communities," said Regional Administrator Anne Idsal. "By working with volunteers, the students will also encourage others to do what they can to protect and improve their environment."

Insight El Paso will receive a $100,000 grant to develop student-led conservation projects in the Texas-Mexico border region. Students enrolled in environmental science programs at area schools will participate in field trips and workshops during a two-year training program. Students will then lead volunteers from the community in restoration, conservation and stewardship projects in the border area.  

Funding for other recipients will range from $50,000 to $100,000, to organizations that provide environmental education activities and programs. The awards are going to organizations in 29 states, including the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.  This year's education projects include:

  • Using a converted RV to serve as a mobile earth and environmental science lab in Appalachia.
  • Providing an experiential training for beginning farmers on sustainable agriculture production and farm management.
  • Raising public awareness through hands-on participation in prairie restoration and promoting environmental literacy and conservation stewardship. 
  • Managing native and invasive vegetation ecosystems for healthy forests and waterways.
  • Conducting land revitalization activities to support a new rail line conversion project.
  • Fostering community food security by teaching communities to grow and care for their own orchards.
  • Engaging middle and high school teachers and students in air and water quality monitoring and remediation.
  • Drafting a prototype EE curriculum focused on water quality in the arid Mountain West.
  • Increasing public awareness about outdoor water conservation and providing resources for homeowners to create water-efficient landscapes.
  • Introducing urban youth to environmental science, conservation, and careers in natural resources, through activities such as urban agriculture and forestry.
  • Teaching indoor gardening and encouraging school waste management projects.
  • Increasing public awareness and action on recycling.
  • Investigating storm resilience problems and create practical solutions to help mitigate flooding.

To learn more grant winners, or to apply for future EE grant competitions