The San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy received a $90,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Thursday that will fund an educational watershed project benefiting elementary school students.
Third, fourth and fifth-grade students at four underserved Escondido elementary schools will learn about environmental protection and conservancy through the hands-on Our Living Watershed project hosted by the conservancy in Encinitas.
The project’s three main goals are to instill a life-long conservation ethic in the region’s youth, develop environmental education skills of the conservancy’s volunteers and partnering teachers and to protect the Escondido Creek Watershed.
“As we head into San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy’s 30th Anniversary, we are proud to be recognized for our conservation education program,” said Doug Gibson, the Conservancy’s Executive Director and Principal Scientist. “Support from EPA will allow us to instill a conservation ethic among thousands of elementary students for a cleaner and brighter future for all.”
The project is expected to impact more than 2,000 students, teachers and their family members.
The EPA has awarded more than $68 million in grants since 1992. The San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy is just one of four projects in the EPA’s Pacific Southwest region that received an environmental education grant.