The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency presented Ruffing Montessori School in Cleveland Heights with a $5,000 grant, which will help support a marsh restoration project.
Students in fourth, fifth and sixth grade will work in collaboration with The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes and the Doan Brook Watershed Partnership to restore a marsh in the watershed. The groups will work together to identify native species, remove exotic species and cultivate seeds from native marsh plants, according to a press release from Ruffing.
Students, led by Ruffing science teacher Mary Beth McCormack, will spend two to three hours a week working in the marsh.
“I am thrilled to have funding for this project because our students will be able to use new technologies to create a photo survey as well as digital maps of the habitat," McCormack said. "Our students are not only learning about science, but also real world applications of science to conservation efforts.”
Ruffing was one of 12 to receive the grant, which is supported by the Ohio EPA Environmental Education Fund. The EPA received 22 applications.