BATH — The Natural Resources Council of Maine has awarded grants to eight Maine middle schools to fund projects that engage students in protecting Maine’s environment. These grants will help students establish nature trails, set up schoolwide recycling initiatives, propagate and plant native plants on which endangered birds depend, and much more. Some of these grants provide funding for middle school classrooms and clubs to purchase materials and expand hands-on education opportunities.

Those schools include Bath Middle School, which will test hypotheses to answer research questions about the local green crab population that threaten Maine’s clams. Freeport Middle School will collaborate with Freeport Solid Waste & Recycling and Freeport Rotary to organize and initiate schoolwide recycling.

“I am looking forward to working with the teachers and students, and seeing how each project plays out,” said Britta Clark, NRCM Communications/ Grant intern. “I am excited to see how these grants help students explore different aspects of Maine’s diverse and dynamic ecosystems.”

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