Garrard County and Mercer County high schools and the Boyle County Conservation District were awarded more than $6,000 for environment education projects Monday.
U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler presented the fall Bluegrass Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment grants at a ceremony in Lexington. PRIDE is a non-profit that awards money for education projects in central Kentucky,and provides resources and information about the environment here.
Boyle County Conservation District was awarded $400 for monthly water samples of Clarks Run, a waterway that runs through Danville. Students from Woodlawn Elementary and Boyle County High School will collect and analyze water samples taken from three sites. The high school students will help the elementary students take the samples.
The information will be shared with agencies such as the Kentucky Division of Water.
Garrard County High School received $3,000 to build benches, work tables, bird houses and bird feeders at its outdoor classroom. Students will plant a butterfly garden and learn how to maintain the aquatic system and gardens there. They also will study the migration patterns and feeding habits of native birds.