University of Lynchburg has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Chesapeake Bay Studies Program.
The grant will provide $50,000 per year for three years to support an effort to integrate professional training in watershed science for teachers and watershed educational experiences for students. The target group for the project will be fourth-grade teachers and students in Lynchburg and surrounding counties.
The project will combine student outdoor field trip programs at University of Lynchburg’s Claytor Nature Study Center with professional development workshops and graduate level watershed education-related courses for teachers, designed to increase teacher science competency and credentials. Both public and private school teachers are eligible to participate in the courses, and eligible participants will receive significant tuition support.
The Claytor Nature Study Center has a nine-year history of delivering high quality components of teacher and student environmental education, and this project will integrate these components into a structured project with a common purpose.