Friday, April 7, 2017

Loon Echo Land Trust Awards Environmental Education Grant to local schools and libraries

Loon Echo Land Trust is helping children learn about their environment and the importance of protecting our region’s land and natural resources, by awarding Environmental Education Grants to local educational institutions and libraries. Every year, schools and libraries in Loon Echo’s seven-town service area (Denmark, Bridgton, Harrison, Naples, Casco, Raymond and Sebago) are invited to apply for one of Loon Echo’s Environmental Education Grants.

This year Loon Echo has congratulated the following 2017 grant recipients: Casco Public Library, Raymond Village library, Naples Public Library, Spaulding Memorial Library, Harrison Elementary School, Sebago Elementary School and the First Congregational Church of Bridgton.

Since 1998, hundreds of children have benefited from programs that teach about the natural world due to Loon Echo’s Environmental Educational Grants, developed as a memorial to local teachers, Helen Allen and Polly Bartlett.  Past recipients have used their grants for a host of outdoor activities such as bringing in expert speakers, creating naturalist backpacks and permanent educational displays. For more information on the program's history and application process visit:

Loon Echo Land Trust protects nearly 6,700 acres of land and manages 31 miles of multi-use trails in the northern Sebago Lake region. Its mission is to work with the local residents to conserve the region’s natural resources and character for current and future generations.  Loon Echo serves its seven towns with an area of 320 square miles, located directly north of Sebago Lake. Loon Echo works within its service area to safeguard water quality, preserve scenic gems such as Bald Pate Mountain, and provide outreach and fun educational programs to the public. Loon Echo assists landowners to take steps to ensure future generations will benefit from the preservation of their lands.  

For information about membership, upcoming events or ways you can support Loon Echo Land Trust, go to their website: or call: 207-647-4352.

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