CHARLESTON — The South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve in Charleston has received a $10,000 Environmental Education Program grant from the Gray Family Foundation. The funds will be used to provide middle school and high school teachers and students with meaningful experiences collecting and investigating historic and current fisheries data in the Coos estuary.

The award is part of more than $213,000 in spring grants awarded for environmental professional development for teachers and volunteer mentors around Oregon.

Since 2007, the Gray Family Foundation has supported students and teachers in connecting with outdoor environments through a variety of environmental literacy experiences. The Environmental Education Program with the Gray Family Foundation seeks to encourage a strong local land ethic, sustainable communities and stewardship of the natural environment by citizens throughout Oregon.

“We’re proud of the recipient organizations of our spring grants and their commitment to institutionalizing long term experiences for educators and students that build a sense of place and responsibility toward our state,” said Nancy Bales, executive director of the Gray Family Foundation.

Over the next several years, the Gray Family Foundation will continue to build awareness by networking in communities statewide, encouraging collaborative partnerships and supporting best practices for environmental education. Learn more by visiting http://grayff.org/.

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