CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Students from low-income families don’t always get high-quality environmental science education in their schools in Coral Springs and beyond.

Sawgrass Nature Center and Wildlife Hospital is trying to change that.

The Coral Springs-based center, which treats injured and orphaned native wildlife and provides environmental education, is now raising money to bring this kind of education for free to Title 1 schools, which help lowest-achieving students do better.

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Environmental science education often includes how natural environments function, and how people can better manage those environments.

According to a news release, the fundraising effort is meant to offer Title 1 schools “programming and resources that are typically offered to schools at an average minimum cost of $180. These resources will be geared toward K-12 classes to bring them an immersive environmental science experience.”

The center is asking the public to support the fundraising effort, which is part of A Community Thrives, USA TODAY Network’s crowdfunding, and grant program.

The center said in the news release they will use any money they raise to fund the school education project, but if they meet a goal of $3,000 they will also qualify for additional grants to support the teaching.

The fundraising initiative will go through 12 p.m. on Oct. 16.

Donate here.


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