Nature center lands grant for science outreach

A $3,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation will help the Highlands Nature Center support its robust school outreach program.

The nature center offers more than 50 STEM Outreach programs to public, private and homeschool students in pre-K through 12th grade in a multi-county region. These programs supplement existing curricula through additional resources providing outdoor, experiential education opportunities. Last year, the outreach program served nearly 7,000 students through more than 200 programs presented at 49 different schools.

Most schools have limited budgets for programs and field trips — the grant will help the nature center expand its offerings to more schools while continuing to provide its wide variety of science outreach programming with minimal or no fees, resulting in a greater number of students served.

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