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Chincoteague Bay Field Station wins $91,000 EPA grant

Chincoteague Bay Field Station (CBFS) is pleased to announce that it has received a $91,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Local Environmental Education initiative.  These funds will support on-going work at CBFS’s Living Shoreline site in Greenbackville, VA which models best practices for coastal resiliency.  The award will allow CBFS to provide free field-based programming for 800 local students on Virginia and Maryland’s Eastern Shore between 2016 and 2018. Additionally, it will support CBFS’s Shore People Advancing Readiness for Knowledge (SPARK) program and other community-based events.  Through this, CBFS will offer sub-grants for local organizations to carry out similar restoration projects on sites across the peninsula. The RFP for sub-grants is now available on their website.

“This award will allow our organization to take environmental education to the next level in our very own community.  With this funding we will be able to provide free programs to our local schools that, otherwise, do not have the funds to engage in a three-day program,” says Executive Director, Amber Parker.  The field experiences have an emphasis on local and regional environmental issues. “We recognize the Shore’s vulnerability to flooding, erosion, and extreme storm events. These programs will explain some of the issues at hand and offer best-practices for creating resilient coastal communities in the face of a changing climate” says Parker.  CBFS is currently accepting reservations from teachers and schools on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and Maryland to reserve spaces for free field trips on a first-come, first-served basis.  Teachers and administrators may contact Parker McMullen Bushman for more information parker@cbfieldstation.org.

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Elise Trelegan is the Marketing & Development Coordinator at Chincoteague Bay Field Station, a non-profit environmental education center on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. She's passionate about communicating environmental issues on a variety of platforms including through education, marketing, writing, and the arts. She received her undergraduate degree from Hampshire College with an interdisciplinary concentration in visual communication, fisheries conservation, and art education.

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