Spokane Community College’s environmental science department was recently awarded a $24,811 grant from the Hagan Foundation, which was established in 1997 by Cornelius E. Hagan Jr. in Spokane.
The grant is in partnership with Central Valley High School’s AP environmental science program. SCC instructor Dave Stasney and CVHS instructor Krista Larsen will be leading the project, which is expected to include more than 30 students collaborating on the service-learning project.
SCC students and faculty will work with CVHS students to conduct field observations and collect data utilizing a digital mobile application in the Saltese Flats watershed located in the Spokane Valley.
The college and high school students will work together to gather data on local wildlife, soil, water quality, vegetation and other statistics. They will be exposed to data analytics and visualization for decision making with the benefit of geographic information systems mapping software tools, which are increasingly commonplace in the 21st-century workplace.
At the end of the project, CVHS students, guided by SCC faculty and students, will research, design and create environmental interpretive signage including special attention to the tribal cultural heritage of the Saltese Flats.
The grant provides funding for student tablets, water quality meters, GIS mapping software, graphic design software, wetland sampling equipment and transportation for fieldwork to the site.
For more information about grant programs at CCS, contact the Office of Grants and Sponsored Research at 434-5160.