New grant to allow for better environmental education at Robert Moses State Park Nature Center in Massena
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 6:23 am

MASSENA -- The Friends of the Robert Moses State Park Nature Center will receive a new grant that will fund the introduction of environmental education through new technologies, promotion of environmental awareness, and creating environmental community ambassadors.

The three-tiered program called “Earth Keepers” funded by Alcoa.

The first tier of the program offers “in-school” classes, which will be available to all grade levels at local school districts. The classes will include the use of interactive technology (like iClickers, iPads, and digital cameras) to encourage participation. Teachers and principals can contact the Nature Center to schedule events at their schools.

The second component will include a variety of community interest groups such as senior citizens, scouts, home school students and other community support groups. “Earth Keepers” will offer an opportunity for those without resources to learn new technologies.

Finally, the new grant program will include a “Jr. Earth Keepers Club.” The kids club will meet monthly at the Nature Center to teach kids ages fives to 12 about nature, preservation and green-living. Kids will use new technology while accomplishing nature quests and projects.

The first meeting will be Oct. 19 from 1 to 3 p.m.

To sign up contact the Nature Center at 705-5022 or [email protected]