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School District of Lancaster, IU13 to enhance science programming thanks to Chesapeake Bay watershed

10/23/2018 Lancaster Online By Alex Geli

School District of Lancaster will provide more than 2,500 students in sixth through eighth grades with hands-on watershed education, thanks to a federal grant award announced Monday.

The district has partnered with Maryland-based NorthBay — which received a $112,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Bay Watershed Education and Training program — and the Lancaster County Conservancy to integrate inquiry-based, on-site learning into the science curriculum at each of its four middle schools, plus the K-8 Martin School.

The program will allow teachers and students to explore the Chesapeake Bay watershed and learn how choices made today could impact their communities later.

Grant recipients were announced  Monday at an event featuring Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera, SDL Superintendent Damaris Rau, Lancaster County Conservancy President and CEO Philip Wenger and others at the Climber’s Run Nature Preserve in Pequea.

More than $2.6 million in environmental literacy grants will support dozens of projects in four states, plus the District of Columbia. Six of those efforts are in Pennsylvania.

A second project with ties to Lancaster County, made possible by a $111,000 grant to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, will foster the creation of new watershed learning opportunities through professional development for teachers at schools within the Capital Area and Lancaster-Lebanon intermediate units.

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