AEP Access to Environmental Education Mini-Grants announced

NELSONVILLE — Several area organizations have been named recipients of AEP Access to Environmental Education Fund Mini-Grants, according to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio.

This year, 16 grants were made, totaling more than $20,000 in support for environmental education projects across Appalachian Ohio.

The AEP fund supports projects encouraging youth participation in learning experiences linked to local natural resources that share the lessons learned with their communities. Educators and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply.

Area recipients include:

¯Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District in Belmont County received a $750 grant to support its Planting Trees for the Future project. Funding for this project will support the purchase of potted trees and mulch. Planting these trees will allow citizens of all ages to come together to improve the Belmont County Fairgrounds while providing shade, aesthetics, and wildlife habitat back to an area that needs it most.

¯ Harrison North Elementary School in Harrison County received a grant totaling $1,050 for its Oglebay Zoo project. Second- and third- grade students will travel to Oglebay Zoo in Wheeling, where they will attend a workshop designed specifically for their age group to learn more about animals and how they interact with the ecosystem.

¯ Malvern High School in Carroll County received a $1,500 grant for its Energy Charge! Project. This project will serve as an introduction to alternative energy options. Grant funding will be used to purchase necessary materials to build two bicycle power stations as well as a solar power station so students will create different sources of energy to charge their cell phones and laptops.

¯ Malvern High School in Carroll County also received a $1,500 grant for its car conversion project. This project will bring awareness to fossil fuel usage and how to reduce our usage by converting a gasoline-based vehicle into an electric vehicle. Students will engage in hands-on learning by using a car conversion kit to transition a car from gas to electric power.

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