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EPA grant helps volunteer program at Wissahickon Valley Park

Release Date: 01/28/2010
Contact Information: Roy Seneca, 215-814-5567

(PHILADELPHIA – January 28, 2010) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $17,449 environmental education grant to the Wissahickon Restoration Volunteers, an ecology-orientated non-profit organization dedicated to restoring the natural environment in Wissahickon Valley Park in Philadelphia.

The Wissahickon Restoration Volunteers will use the funding to train group leaders how to educate and work with volunteers from high schools, colleges and other organizations on park restoration projects.

“It’s always inspiring for the EPA when we can help support volunteer programs that teach students and other community members about the importance of restoring and protecting the environment,” said Shawn M. Garvin, administrator for EPA’s mid-Atlantic region. “This program fosters stewardship, accountability, and restoration ideals so that the trainees can become lifelong advocates of the environment.”

Since 1992, EPA has provided more than $2 million annually to local organizations and schools nationwide, including about $3.5 million in 2009. These grants have funded education programs of nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and governmental agencies supporting a wide range of environmental issues for citizens of all ages.

Visit to find out more about EPA’s environmental education grants and online resources for communities, educators, and children.