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2000 - Exceptional Merit Awards - Education & Promotion - Great Plains Resource Conservation..,

The Great Plains Resource Conservation & Development Association is dedicated to environmental education in Oklahoma. They coordinate Oklahoma’s efforts in the National Tree Trust “Growing Together’ program--delivering tree seeds, soil and educational materials to schools--and the Community Trees program--providing free trees for planting in parks, recreation areas, schools, and outdoor classrooms. Great Plains RC&D has produced several successful teacher workshops and conferences, has helped schools obtain grants and other funds for the creation of outdoor classrooms and educational walking trails, and has created nine Enviroscapes for teachers’ use to show sources and prevention of non-point source pollution in different landscapes. Plus, Great Plains RC&D was the original founding member of the Oklahoma Envirothon Committee. Envirothon is a competition among high school natural resources teams, with field-based questions in forestry, soils, aquatics, and wildlife. High school participation in Envirothon grew five times in one year, thanks to the perseverance of Great Plains RC&D. GREAT PLAINS RC&D ASSOCIATION IS DEVELOPING GOOD NEWS FOR OKLAHOMA’S ENVIRONMENT!