Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation
The Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation seeks to contribute to the development, implementation and/or field testing of environmental curricula that meet the Foundation’s mission, goals, and requirements. The mission of the Foundation’s grant program is to support educators in developing and implementing holistic environmental curricula that integrate field activities and classroom teaching, and incorporate basic ecological principles and problem solving.
- To empower and encourage students to become involved in solving environmental and social problems
- To promote thoughtful and appropriate analysis and understanding of the natural world
- To train students as informed decision makers through the emphasis and application of basic ecological principles
To be awarded a grant, environmental curricula must:
- Show a holistic approach
- Strive to synthesize multiple levels of learning (facts, concepts, principles)
- Include experiential integrated learning and problem solving
- Be founded on basic scientific principles, including hypothesis testing and experimental design
- Incorporate basic ecological principles and field environmental activities within a primary or secondary school setting
- Present controversial issues objectively, stressing the development of individual student opinions
Amount: Up to $1,500.
Eligibility: Any organization is eligible to apply, including schools, non-profits, governmental agencies, and others.
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