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BLaST IU gets awarded $20K grant to support environmental education

BLaST Intermediate Unit 17 was recently awarded a $20,000 environmental education grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) according to a news release.

This grant will help improve environmental literacy awareness in the local communities through a new outdoor activity created by BLaST called Environmental Explorer. This program will be open to school districts and the local community to prepare Pennsylvanians’ to make wise environmental decisions and take positive action on behalf of the environment according to the release.

The vision of the program, Environmental Explorer, is to immerse learners in hands-on, authentic and meaningful learning experiences while increasing awareness and understanding of human-driven processes and the impact on water quality, climate change, and/or environmental justice.

BLaST Intermediate Unit 17 will be partnering with local environmental establishments to build a geocaching experience that encourages learners to explore the local environment through inquiry.

School districts will be able to participate in Environmental Explorer as field trips or eventually take advantage of the virtual Environmental Explorer option.

“We are excited to create and provide the Environmental Explorer to the four-county region! It is a great opportunity, and we are eager to start working with the community environmental partners to build the experience,” Dana Vermilya, BLaST Intermediate Unit 17’s Educational Consultant said in a press release.

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