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Grant enables Citizen Scientist Program Youth to Conduct Watershed Testing

WHAT: High school students will conduct biological and chemical water testing at a local Maryland creek.

WHEN: Saturday, December 13, 2014
Field Trip: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Reception: 12 - 2pm, Anacostia Community Museum program room

WHERE: Lower Beaverdam, Cheverly, Md. A shuttle will provide roundtrip transportation from the museum located at 1901 Fort Place, SE. The group will reconvene at the museum for an acknowledgement reception following the fieldtrip.

WHO: Sharon Reinckens, deputy director , ACM
Tony Thomas, education specialist/CSP co-coordinator ACM
Alison Cawood, biologist/CSP co-coordinator, Smithsonian Environmental Research Program
Tykia Warden, advancement director, ACM
Ingrid Faulkerson, advancement specialist, ACM
Kenny Carroll, UPO
Dwayne Redd, public affairs, State Farm Insurance
Lynn Heinrichs, agent, State Farm Insurance (and several other State Farm representatives)
Eight students enrolled in CSP

Student participants in the Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum Urban Waterways Citizen Scientists Program will conduct biological and chemical water testing at a local Maryland creek, joined by program staff and representatives from State Farm Insurance. CSP was recently awarded a $31,917 service learning grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board. An outgrowth of ACM's Urban Waterways project and in partnership with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, the CSP Urban Ecology Engagement Initiative brings student residents of the Anacostia watershed, public school teachers and local non-profit organizations together to study the health of their local streams.

Media Only:
Marcia Baird Burris (202) 633-4876; (202) 320-1735 (cell)

Dave Phillips (610) 937-2869 (cell);

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Note: Interested media should RSVP to the number/email above.