Professional Development


Penn State Space Grant: Educator Workshop

Amazing educator workshop program that I have done myself!  Great experience for any teacher!  A MUST DO opportunity.

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  1. Applications for the 2012 Environmental Education Grants Program now are available from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The grants will fund schools, colleges and universities, county conservation districts, nonprofit organizations, municipalities and businesses to create or develop projects that support environmental education in the Commonwealth. Applicants are encouraged to integrate STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) into their environmental education programs. Grants will provide environmental education on timely and critically important topics, including the following:

    • Watersheds including abandoned mine drainage, non-point source pollution and water conservation.

    • Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education with a focus on nutrient and sediment loads and non-point source pollution reduction.

    • Air Quality including ground level ozone, transportation and electric generation issues.

    • Brownfields including education and outreach programs in brownfield redevelopment and sustainable communities, along with developing green, open spaces.

    • Sustainable Energy including solar, wind, hydro, microhydro, biomass, geothermal, alternative transportation fuels and energy efficiency and conservation.

    • Climate Change including carbon capture and storage—terrestrial sequestration (tree planting projects) and other related issues.

    • Geologic Resource Extraction including impacts on communities, local and regional economies, risk management and natural resources.

    • Environmental Literacy Planning and Programming to engage educators and stakeholders in content standards and field-based environmental education.

    • Formal and Non-formal EE Certification to develop and implement institutionalized and community-based certification programs designed for teachers, naturalists and educators working in schools and environmental education facilities.

    The Environmental Education Grants Program was established by the Environmental Education Act of 1993 (35 P. S. §§ 7521–7528), which mandates setting aside 5% of the pollution fines and penalties collected annually by the Department for environmental education in this Commonwealth. Grant applications submitted to the Department must be postmarked by December 16, 2011, to be eligible for consideration and are limited to no more than $7,500.

    The grants manual and application forms are available online at If you have any questions, please let me know.


    Ann Devine | Environmental Education Regional Program Coordinator

    Department of Environmental Protection

    Rachel Carson State Office Building

    400 Market Street | Harrisburg, PA 17101

    Phone: 717.772.1644 | Fax: 717.705.4093

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