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This is one in a series of posts presenting sample elements of a possible proposal. In their illustrative details, its contents are both fictional and factual; however, its overall approach has won grants for similar purposes.  


Partners. The project will feature 12 school districts and 10 partners in Watershed Education. YCESC and its partner school districts will provide coordination, access to facilities and supplies, and support for teachers to participate in training activities.   The Maine Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Project WETLANDS Coordinator will provide training for secondary school teachers and community members in the Project WETLANDS curricula. The Maine Conservation Commission’s Project RIVERS Coordinator will provide training for secondary school teachers and community members in the Project RIVERS curriculum. The Region 1 Professional Development Center also will provide teacher training in Project WETLANDS and Project RIVERS and training in integrating Environmental Education in other school subjects.  


The US Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service’s Maine Ecological Services Field Office will do presentations to schools or community groups on water quality and environmental careers in wildlife conservation and will provide materials on Maine and New Hampshire natural resources. The US Geological Survey’s Water Resources Division will furnish studies and data on water quality and stream-flow and field seminars at stream quality sampling sites. The York County Extension Center will conduct stream-walk field experiences, provide stream-flow models, and supply experts for presentations on environmental careers and/or environmental issues.  


The Maine Association for Environmental Education will serve as a referral resource for expert guest speakers and materials in the areas of environmental careers, environmental issues, and water quality monitoring. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service will provide access to technical experts, stream trailers, groundwater models, handbooks, fact sheets, curricula, and teacher guides. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection will furnish guest speakers and assistance in project planning. The Saco River Corridor Commission, of Porter, Maine and Conway, New Hampshire, will provide materials on bio-monitoring and watershed protection and a consultant-presenter.  


YCESC will use print and electronic media to seek more partners during the project. It also will solicit technical assistance and/or sustained funding from multiple public and private sources (e.g., Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Maine Corporation Commission, Maine Green Energy Network, L.L. Bean, Inc, other outdoor businesses, and local school boards).


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