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Nominate Environmental Education Projects for the 2015 Environmental Initiative Awards - Deadline: February 27  The Environmental Initiative Awards honor innovative projects that have achieved extraordinary environmental results by harnessing the power of partnership. Nominations will be accepted in six categories including Environmental Education. The EE category honors "A cooperative effort to educate youth or adult audiences on environmental issues, improve environmental literacy, and/or inspire behavior change." Projects may be conducted in either formal or non-formal settings.  More info

The Security of Nature: Reassurance that Life is Good is a Seldom-Mentioned Gift to Children  Today's kids live in world where society largely believes that leaving the backyard to play is too dangerous, walking to school is too risky and exploring the small river in the park is a health hazard. The only place to be absolutely safe is inside. This fear-focused parenting style is stopping a whole generation of kids from taking healthy risks, gaining self-confidence and exploring their surroundings.  More info

New Environmental Education Funding Award Announced - Application Deadline: February 27th  The North American Association for Environmental Education announced a new collaboration with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) --the UL Innovative Education Award! The Award recognizes and supports nonprofits that embrace E-STEM to inspire school-aged children to be the next generation of game-changing scientists, business leaders, researchers, inventors, and engineers. One $100,000 grant, two $50,000 grants, and two $25,000 grants will be awarded.  More info

Environmental Education Proposals Sought to Benefit Minnesota's Environment and Natural Resources - Deadline: May 11th  The Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) issued its 2016 RFP for funding from Minnesota's Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. Approximately $46.3 million is available for projects in the following areas: 1. Foundational Natural Resource Data and Information 2. Water Resources 3. Environmental Education 4. Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species 5. Air Quality, Climate Change, and Renewable Energy 6. Methods to Protect or Restore Land, Water, and Habitat 7. Land Acquisition for Habitat and Recreation.  More info

Nominate an Exemplary Environmental Educator for the 2015 MAEE Awards  The Minnesota Association for Environmental Education (MAEE) awards program exists to recognize and encourage excellence in the field of environmental education. Awards are given in the following categories: 1. Lifetime Achievement in Environmental Education, 2. Formal Environmental Educator of the Year, and 3. Non-formal Environmental Educator of the Year. The nomination deadline is April 10, 2015.  More info

EPA is Accepting Proposals for the Environmental Education Grants Program - Deadline: February 2 & March 6  Under the EE Grants Program, the EPA seeks grant proposals to support environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. This year, the EPA will issue two Requests for Proposals: the EE Model Grants (Feb 2 deadline) and the EE Local Grants (March 6 deadline).  More info

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