Senator Yaw Applauds Environmental Education Grants Awarded to Local Projects

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently announced the recipients of over $1 million in Environmental Education Grants awarded to 73 projects across the Commonwealth, according to Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23).

“Engaging Pennsylvanians of all ages in environmental education can have a lasting impact,” Sen. Yaw said. “Our conservation districts are the boots on the ground, and they work to develop programs and projects consistent with environmental stewardship, while schools and colleges utilize this funding for a broad range of hands-on training. I am pleased to see state investment in these important local projects.”

The following entities in the 23rd Senatorial District received funding:

  • Bradford County Conservation District: $29,942 to hold a Forestry Education Symposium, providing two Forestry Education events for private landowners, forestry professionals, and logging professionals who are interested in expanding their knowledge of forest practices, sustainability, and forest health. Eight conservation districts as well as the Northern Tier Hardwood Association will partner to host the events. Each event will include multiple guest speakers and a field tour.
  • Bradford County Conservation District: $4,912 to supply six school districts with the necessary materials, curriculum, resources, and guidance to implement Eels in the Classroom, an interdisciplinary, standards-based, educational experience throughout the 2023/2024 school year and beyond.
  • Bucknell University: $5,000 to pilot a Resiliency Workshop series in key places around Shamokin. Experts will share information with residents on topics such as food waste, native plants, energy efficiency, water quality, and alternative forms of energy. A fun activity will be developed to foster community engagement.

The Environmental Education Grants Program was established by the Environmental Education Act of 1993, which mandates setting aside 5 percent of the pollution fines and penalties DEP collects annually for environmental education in Pennsylvania. DEP has awarded $13.3 million in Environmental Education Grant funding to support 2,199 projects to date.

For more state-related news and information, constituents can visit Senator Yaw’s website at or follow him on Facebook and Twitter @SenatorGeneYaw.


Elizabeth Weitzel

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