Cawaco Grant Cycle Opens July 1

 

PRESS RELEASE- JULY 1, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, ALCAWACO RC&D FY2016 GRANT CYCLE

Cawaco Resource Conservation and Development Council is seeking grant applications for the Challenge and Educational Grant Programs in Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, Shelby and Walker Counties. For more information, contact Patti Pennington @ 205-623-0457 or grantfunds@live.com

Proposals must be received prior to August 15, 2015

 Challenge Grant ProgramThe Council offers small competitive Challenge Grants (up to $5,000*) to assist public and other 501 (c)(3) agencies in their efforts to serve community needs.  Projects funded support Council goals, and promote economic, community development and/ or responsible use of the area’s resources. Download Form

Cawaco Educational Grants

The Council offers Educational Grants (up to $5,000*) for projects that provide information and/or instruction that meets Cawaco goals and objectives to children and/or adults. Download Form

*If your project reaches a broad audience, is far reaching, or encompasses more than one area or county, you may qualify for a larger award.

Read about the grant guidelines here

 

Invasive Plant Workshop

Do you struggle with privet, kudzu, mimosa, english ivy, bamboo, and other annoying invasive plants on your property? Would you like to learn from the pros how to fight these enemies?

If so, REGISTER NOW for the Invasive Plant Workshop being held August 7, 2015 at the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve in Pinson. This workshop is FREE to the public, landowners, farmers, and offers CEU’s for those who qualify. Lunch is provided. A hands-on demonstration and mulching demo will be held as well.  Bring your shorts and enjoy the creek after the class! 

Eventbrite - Invasive Plant Workshop

DOWNLOAD THE FLYER HERE

Online tools are now available to help identify and report invasive species. The Southeast Early Detection Network (SEEDN) website helps you identify and report invasive plants, insects and plant pathogens in the Southeastern United States. By reporting sightings of invasive plants and other invasive pests, we can better assess the extent of the infestations and hopefully eradicate new infestations before they become huge problems. Learn more here.

Cawaco featured on RootsRated website

Cawaco recently got some press on RootsRated!

RootsRated is a website designed to help outdoor enthusiasts find the best hiking, trail running, climbing, paddling, cycling and more- (including food)- in 30+ cities around the country- all according to local experts. So if you are looking for things to do locally, or while travelling, check out their website! And if you know of places in your area that are not listed, email them and they will add it. We recently suggested the addition of Palisades Park for  rappelling.

To read the article about Cawaco RC&D, click here. 

To learn more about the Little Shades Creek Stream Restoration Project, click here.

Cawaco Wins Project of the Year Award

Cawaco was awarded the Alabama Association of Resource Conservation & Development Council’s  Project of the Year Award for 2014, for the “Tannehill Wastewater Treatment” project.

Read more about this project in the Spring Newsletter. Or go here.

We were very honored to be the recipient of this award, when there are so many worthwhile projects throughout the state to choose from!  We were excited to accept this award in the presence of one of our good friends and supporters, Senator Greg Reed.

Beginning Farmers Outreach Meetings Scheduled

Cawaco RC&D to host Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Outreach Meetings.

Cawaco is partnering with USDA/NRCS and local Soil & Water Conservation Districts to host Beginning Farmer and Ranchers workshops in Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, Shelby and Walker Counties during FY 2015.

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service helps farmers and ranchers use conservation to help the environment while improving agricultural operations. But not everyone knows about the variety of programs and services offered through USDA agencies like NRCS.

Cawaco is attempting to ensure the workshops are reaching landowners and rural citizens of different backgrounds. “Our goal is to extend our outreach to minority farmers and new farmers, and reach those potential customers that perhaps we have not made contact with before,” said Kellie Johnston, Executive Director for Cawaco RC&D.

To enhance outreach, Cawaco RC&D is hosting outreach meetings with other USDA agencies where farmers and landowners can meet with NRCS district conservationists to talk about their resource needs. In addition we are working to reach small and limited resource farmers and landowners who may be unfamiliar with the many programs and services of NRCS.

To find out about dates and locations, click here.

Cawaco Provides Technology in the Classroom

By MOLLY DAVIDSON / Staff Writer

NORTH SHELBY—Oak Mountain Elementary School first grade students have been able to supplement their learning with iPads, thanks to a $5,000 grant from Cawaco Resource, Conservation and Development Council in partnership with State Senator Jabo Waggoner, R-Birmingham, and Rep. Arnold Mooney, R-Birmingham.

On Feb. 12, the OMES students and teachers had a chance to present how the iPads have been implemented in the classroom.

“We use our iPads in so many different ways,” OMES first grade teacher Anne Neighbors said. “We really appreciate your generosity.”

OMES first grade teachers applied for the grant with Cawaco and received funding to purchase two iPads for each classroom.

Students use the iPads to further reading, math and research skills. The iPads are equipped with educational apps such as Scholastic News and games to reinforce conceptual math and sight word reading, Neighbors explained.

“A lot of schools are taking advantage of technology to not only enhance students’ learning, but to make it fun,” Drayton Cosby, with Cawaco, said.

Using iPads in the classroom also introduces the students to using technology in an academic setting at an early age.

“(iPads) allow these young students to access so much more information so much quicker,” Waggoner said. “There are so many educational advantages.”

“They’ve got to realize how to use these (iPads) to be where they want to be as a scholar,” Mooney added, explaining “the future of our world is in electronics.”

OMES Principal Debbie Horton explained the iPads allow teachers to take classroom learning “to the very next level” and also achieve the school’s goal of preparing students for not just the next grade level, but for a successful future beyond school.

“We prepare them for jobs that have not yet been created,” Horton said, noting the importance of technology in current job market. “They are preparing themselves for a future that has not yet been created.”

– See more at: http://www.shelbycountyreporter.com/2015/02/12/omes-first-grade-brings-technology-into-the-classroom/#sthash.GAQJ7Au0.dpuf

 

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