July 23, 2015
July 22, 2015 – Living Classrooms is excited to announce a $36,110 award from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for its community programming at the Masonville Cove Environmental Education Campus (MCEEC). This grant will allow Living Classrooms to work with the Hispanic Access Foundation and other members of the Masonville Cove Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership to connect the Hispanic community to their local watershed through education and stewardship opportunities centered on urban watershed issues and the Monarch butterfly and its habitat.
The MCEEC was developed through a partnership between the Maryland Port Administration (MPA), Living Classrooms Foundation, the National Aquarium, and the local communities. The MCEEC acts as a gateway to connect underserved individuals and communities to the outdoors and the Chesapeake Bay through environmental education, stewardship activities, and job training programs. Living Classrooms is the primary partner for operating the MCEEC and leading educational programs for the community.
“Living Classrooms aims to serve the Brooklyn, Cherry Hill, Curtis Bay and surrounding communities at the Masonville Cove Environmental Center,” said James Piper Bond, President & CEO of Living Classrooms Foundation. “We are thankful to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for their support in helping us connect the community to their natural world.”
“Beyond wildlife conservation, it’s important that we create a lasting connection between young people, our urban residents and the great outdoors,” said Wendi Weber, Northeast Regional Director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “That is why the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service started an urban conservation program. It’s about making sustainable connections, and providing opportunities for people to experience nature in their cities. This partnership will work with local communities and neighborhoods to make a difference for the environment and foster natural resource stewardship in Baltimore.”
Funding is provided through the Five-Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program, a partnership of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the National Association of Counties, the Wildlife Habitat Council and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Masonville Cove Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership is one of 17 such partnerships across the country designated since 2013. For more information, visit www.fws.gov/urban.
Urban wildlife refuge partnerships leverage support from partners and recognize collaborations in cities that broaden support for conservation and engage urban communities as partners in wildlife conservation.
Living Classrooms is also a partner in the Greater Baltimore Wilderness Coalition. This Coalition includes many federal, state and local government agencies, non-profit organizations, and businesses. The focal points of the Greater Baltimore Wilderness Coalition are resiliency, biodiversity, equity and discovery. This grant will support on the ground conservation and outreach activities that the coalition advocates.
About Living Classrooms Foundation
Living Classrooms Foundation is a Baltimore-Washington based nonprofit organization that strengthens communities and inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education, job training, and community service programs, using urban, natural, and maritime settings as ‘living classrooms.’Living Classrooms Foundation has been proudly serving the community for thirty years.