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2023 Grant Recipients

Amy Brownlee: Boise School District

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 I wrote a 5th grade GATE unit exploring forestry, jobs in the industry and giving students the chance to experience the tools of the trade (loggers tape, diameter tapes and clinometers) and the opportunity to try their hand at plot mapping and land management. I needed funding for the tools so I wrote a grant and was awarded $500 by the Idaho Environmental Education Association. I quickly bought the tools I needed...so excited!

 

The essential question for this unit is “How can we support a balanced forest?” We then jumped right into learning about a foresters job and the tools they use to help manage ground. We are lucky to have a nice yard in front of our school with lots of trees to go outside and immediately put these tools to good use! Students learned to use a clinometer to measure the height of trees, a diameter tape to measure the diameter of trees and a loggers tape to measure accurate distance. We also spent time learning to identify trees, specifically conifers.

Students entered this unit with limited knowledge of the forestry industry, they had opinions based on their own personal exposure to information and experience. They had never thought about the various players in managing land and above all they, for the most part, hadn’t even thought about forestry as a career field and certainly were blown away by the vast opportunities it holds. One of the most rewarding outcomes is the first hand opportunity to be in contact with the professionals doing the work.  

During our reflection activity students wrote they were surprised by how many jobs there were in relation to forestry. “I was surprised that forestry jobs aren’t just loggers and scientists but architects and managers.” “It shows how much work is put into our forests.” They also wrote about how their thinking had changed or been supported. “I was against cutting down trees but then I realized that supports the forest.” “I thought a healthy forest was a forest that never had fire and never cut down trees. But now I know it’s natural to have fires in forests and some trees need it.”

EE Grant Opportunity

IdEEA is pleased to offer Environmental Education Grants to support environmental education for Idaho’s youth.

We invite proposals from formal/informal educators, parents, students, and student groups for projects that help youth learn more about environmental education and/or enhance their connection with nature. Grant funds can be used to develop or continue community or school environmental projects, for teachers to develop or purchase new materials, and more. Special consideration will be given to projects that provide hands-on learning opportunities for youth and can provide a resource for other educators.

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ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR
OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Each year, outstanding classroom and community educators are recognized for their unique and invaluable contributions to the field of Environmental Education. Please nominate an elementary teacher, secondary teacher, non-formal educator and volunteer.

Nominations for 2024 are open now and run through May 3rd.  Winners will be announced at the Project Green Sustainability Summit on June 5th in Boise, Idaho.

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ELEMENTARY OR SECONDARY ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR

Teachers working in public or private schools.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATORS
OF THE YEAR - 2024

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Kelly Brown
ELEMENTARY ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR

Kelly teaches 6th grade at Mountain View Elementary School in Boise, ID, where she helped to craft the Boise District Climate and Weather Unit for 6th grade. Kelly’s passion project was to lead her students on a Boise River Rewild Project. They serviced a large plot of land out past Barber Park, where they removed invasive weeds, replanted, and stewarded habitat restoration. Her students gained a strong sense of community and were proud to make things better for their own future children and generations to come. Thank you, Kelly, for your continued impactful work in environmental education.

PAST AWARD RECIPIENTS

2021

Susan Wolfe                    Elementary

Jamie Brunnmeier           Secondary

Elizabeth Dickey             Non-formal

2019

Lauresta Welty                 Elementary

Melyssa Ferro                  Secondary

Stephanie Day                 Non-formal

Kimberly Semple              Volunteer

2016

Amy Silver                         Elementary

Mary Engels                      Non-formal

Jane Matthews                  Volunteer

2014

Sandy Kindt                        Elementary

John Schisel                       Secondary

Lori Adams                         Non-formal

Liana Litzsinger                   Volunteer

2012

Sheryce Davis                      Elementary

John Hastings                      Secondary

Sara Focht                           Non-formal

2010

Sue Hansen Barber             Elementary

Gina Lockwood                   Secondary

Michelle Youngquist            Non-formal

2008

Dan Hines                           Elementary

Gregg Losinski                   Non-formal

2006

Christenia Coast               Elementary

Carri Thomason                Elementary

Diane Welch                      Elementary

Amy Luft                            Non-formal

2004

Renee McNally                Elementary

Robert Beckwith             Secondary

Greg Kaltenecker            Non-formal

2002

Teri Burch                      Elementary

Kris Ablin-Stone            Secondary

Jennie Rylee                 Non-formal

Paul Johnson                Elementary

Allison Fowle                Secondary

Jenny Wolf                    Non-formal

Greg Dye                      Volunteer

2022

2020

Misha Smith                   Elementary

Ali Ward                          Secondary

Matt Podolsky                 Non-formal

Sandy Racine                  Volunteer

2018

Debbie Bell                      Elementary

Steve Demers                  Secondary

Courtney Couch               Non-formal

Jennifer Ellis                     Volunteer

2015

Erin Stutzman                    Secondary

Tate Mason                        Non-formal

Denise Keyser                    Volunteer

Julie Scanlin     Lifetime Achievement

2013

Purley Decker                      Elementary

Arlene Wolf                          Secondary

Rena Ashton                        Non-formal

Ann Christensen                  Volunteer

2011

Cara Sonnemann                Elementary

Clint Kennedy                      Secondary

Adare Evans                        Non-formal

2009

Dick Jordan                         Secondary

Dick McCloskey                  Non-formal

2007

Jane Thornes                     Elementary

Charlie Kator                      Secondary

Steven Hines                     Non-formal

2005

Molly Pannkuk                  Elementary

K.C. Jones                        Secondary

Alana Jensen                    Non-formal

2003

Donna Kent                    Elementary

Doreen Beck                  Elementary

Jan Wathen                    Elementary

Darin Zarbnisky              Secondary

Denise Burnett               Non-formal

Lynette Weller                Elementary

Maggie Stover               Secondary

Augie Gabrielli               Non-formal

2023

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