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Nearly $400,000 awarded to 20 projects that promote urban outreach, youth engagement and connecting people to the outdoors.
On December 16, 2014, the National Park Service and the Outdoor Foundation announced recipients of the 2014 Challenge Cost Share Program, which supports projects that promote urban outreach, youth engagement and connecting people to the outdoors.The partners selected 20 projects, from 187 applications, and will award nearly $400,000 that will be matched by an additional $885,000 in direct and in-kind contributions from recipients.A total of 14,000 youth are expected to be engaged through this program.
Pea Ridge Intermediate 4th Grade Science received $25,000 to support its work to engage its students through a partnership with the Pea Ridge National Military Park.All 137 students in this class will be challenged to grow plants using natural means in a self-sustaining greenhouse through research, trial and error, and hands-on experiences.
"My students are beyond excited about this opportunity to get outside and get their hands dirty.I cannot wait to see how their minds grow and change through the experience they will get because of this grant!"Brandy Knight, 4th Grade Science Teacher
NPS Quote: "One of the most lasting things a person can do to promote change to our culture is to educate our youth.It is through our youth that we will see real change.What that will be depends on the experiences and education our youth receive today.It's our hope that we have made a positive difference in the lives of the youth we have had the privilege of meeting." R.Sheri Nodine, Facility Manager, Pea Ridge NMP