Environmental fund underwrites Bug Blitz and other projects

If your idea of a bug blitz is hunting down a few insects in corners of your home, you’re not thinking big enough.

The KU Natural History Museum plans to host public bug blitz events next spring and fall that will bring together KU scientists, citizen scientists, professional photographers, families and community members to find and identify as many insect species as possible in one day. The event will include a youth photography competition.

The Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund of the Douglas County Community Foundation is underwriting the events.

The fund awards grants each year to support a variety of local efforts to preserve and understand nature. This year, seven projects received grants totaling more than $22,000.

Other organizations and their projects:

The Baker Wetlands Visitors Center will use granted funds for a large trail map and interpretive signage for the Baker Wetlands.

The Baldwin Education Foundation received a grant for a prairie restoration project at Baldwin Elementary School.

The City of Lawrence Prairie Park Nature Center received funding to present Wild Encounters environmental and science education programs in Lawrence elementary schools.

K-State Research and Extension Douglas County will use a grant for a walking tractor for its Urban Agriculture Education Center.

The Kansas Land Trust will receive funding to create video stories about land conservation.

The Waldorf Association of Lawrence/Prairie Moon School is slated to receive a grant for its Forest Kindergarten program at the historic Oak Ridge School in rural Douglas County.

Retired KU professor Elizabeth Schultz created the environmental fund at the Douglas County Community Foundation in 2005 to encourage organizations to create new and innovative ways to support and understand the local environment.

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Douglas County Community Foundation
900 Massachusetts, Suite 406
Lawrence, KS 66044
Phone: 785-843-8727
Fax: 785-843-8735