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June 24, 2009 > Tri-City Ecology Center awards Eco-Grant to Kennedy High School

Tri-City Ecology Center awards Eco-Grant to Kennedy High School

Submitted By Gail Blalock

At its May Board meeting, the Tri-City Ecology Center awarded a $300 grant to the 540 School Improvement Club at Kennedy High School to improve its sustainable garden areas. The funds will be used to establish a drip-irrigation system in two of the school's eight gardens. According to the club's advisor, the goal for the school garden projects is to foster civic participation among students to gain transferable skills and develop solutions to many real-world problems for gardeners, agriculturalists and environmentalists, such as water conservation, ecologically mindful landscaping and environmental health. The students have been heavily involved in this three-year project and a celebration is planned for the fall.

The Ecology Center has two types of Eco-Grants available: Youth Eco-Grants and Environmental Education Grants (for adults). During the past two years, six grants have been awarded to Eagle Scout projects at Ardenwood and the Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon, Irvington High School for an Earth Day event and an Environmental Education Conference, the City of Fremont for binoculars and microscopes for Nature Center classes, and the Fremont PTA for assistance with a Transportation Survey and Study. For more information on applying for a grant, call (510) 793-6222 or visit the Center's website at

Tri-City Ecology Center
3375 Country Drive, Fremont
(510) 793-6222

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