The project will include traditional customs, in partnership with the Onondaga Nation, the school will use to educate Central New York teachers about species and landscapes native to the Onondaga Lake watershed.
“Syracuse University is combining traditional Native American customs and scientific advancement in a unique way,” Judith Enck, EPA Regional Administrator, stated. “The teachers involved in this project will educate hundreds of local Syracuse students about the past, present, and future of the Onondaga Lake watershed.”
According to the EPA, SU will also develop an educational curriculum throughout the project, that will allow students to explore and learn about the watershed.
The university will also hold a summer workshop for Central New York teachers, as part of the deal.
SU has been one of three recipients to receive the 2015 round of environmental education grants from the EPA’s Region 2, which is responsible for New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and eight Indian Nations.
The EPA’s Region 2 has awarded three grants, totaling $222,000, and the EPA has awarded $3.3 million in funding for 35 grants total, nationwide.
Visit http://www2.epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-grants for additional information regarding the awardees, or on how to apply for future environmental education grant competitions.