Woodbridge Receives EPA Environmental Education Grant

WOODBRIDGE — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $27,800 grant that will support an environmental education project in Woodbridge. High school students will take part in a community-based restoration project along the Raritan River.

“EPA is proud to provide support to the Woodbridge, NJ community in their efforts to educate high school students about the need to clean up the Raritan River,” said Judith A. Enck, EPA Regional Administrator.

The township will conduct the “Woodbridge Township Wetlands Restoration Education Project” involving students and teachers in three high schools. Seminars, field trips and family science nights will focus on the “El Paso site” and other wetland and Brownfields sites along the Raritan River. The project is designed to increase community understanding of the causes of pollution, how to prevent it, and the kinds of stewardship projects and programs that can be implemented.

EPA’s local and nationwide educational programs promote environmental stewardship and support excellence in environmental education. Since 1992, EPA has funded over $55 million in environmental education grants to support more than three thousand projects across the country. Agency partnerships, including with the National Environmental Education Foundation and the Environmental Education Training Partnership, have given thousands of formal and non-formal educators the skills and knowledge needed to teach students of all ages about safeguarding the environment.

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