Announcing Loon Echo Land Trust’s Environmental Education Grants

 (Bridgton, ME)  November 28, 2016   Many parents and educators are grappling with the same questions: “How do I get my children to spend more time outside?  How can I teach them to appreciate the natural world?  Loon Echo Land Trust has an answer.  To help children learn about their environment and the importance of protecting our region’s land and natural resources, bring the environment to them.   Every year, schools and libraries in Loon Echo’s 7-town service area (Denmark, Bridgton, Harrison, Naples, Casco, Raymond and Sebago) are invited to apply for one of Loon Echo’s Environmental Education Grants.

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Chewonki Tidal Pool Program at the Harrison Village Library

Loon Echo’s 2016 recipients used their grants for a host of outdoor activities and to bring in expert speakers.  The Harrison Village Library used their grant to host Chewonki’s Traveling Natural History program, Tide Pools, allowing children to learn more about Maine’s rocky intertidal ecosystem.  And the Bridgton Public Library has developed naturalist backpacks which can be “checked-out” like a book and include items for children and their caregivers to use as fun educational tools on their outdoor adventures. 

Loon Echo is pleased to announce they are accepting applications for these grants now through January 15, 2017.  Applications may be downloaded from Loon Echo’s website at www.LELT.org (under the Programs tab) and returned by email or mail by the January deadline.  Grant recipients will be notified by mid-February of 2017. 

Loon Echo Land Trust protects nearly 6,700 acres of land and manages 30 miles of multi-use trails in the northern Sebago Lake region. Its mission is to work with the local residents to conserve the region’s natural resources and character for current and future generations.  Loon Echo serves seven towns including Bridgton, Casco, Denmark, Harrison, Naples, Raymond and Sebago with an area of 320 square miles located directly north of Sebago Lake.  Loon Echo works within its service area to safeguard water quality, preserve scenic gems such as Bald Pate Mountain, and provide outreach and fun educational programs to the public.  Loon Echo assists landowners to take steps to ensure future generations will benefit from the preservation of their lands.  

 For information about membership, upcoming events or ways you can support Loon Echo Land Trust, go to their website www.lelt.org or call 207-647-4352.