13 WREX: Severson Dells Nature Center receives $25,000 grant

POSTED: 11:36 AM January 30, 2019

WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WREX) — The Severson Dells Nature Center has received a $25,000 grant for Science Education for Northern Illinois.

The nature center provides nature education for all ages. The grant money will go towards supporting field trips for pre-k through 5th grade students. The nature center says the goals of the field trips are to provide students with a positive experience in nature, to increase their understanding of basic ecology and help them feel more comfortable in nature.

“School programs at Severson Dells engage kids in hands-on, minds-on nature education so they can learn more about their local environment,” says Ann Wasser, Director of Severson Dells Nature Center. “Many of the students that come to Severson Dells have never spent time in the woods before and are scared of what might be out there. If the students time at Severson Dells can educate them about nature and decrease their fears about nature, then we have done our job.”

The grant was awarded by the Meryle A. Stockhus Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois’
Community Grants Program.

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