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FAU’s Pine Jog Environmental Education Center Receives Funding to Support Quality Afterschool Programming

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (April 8, 2013) – Florida Atlantic University’s Pine Jog Environmental Education Center recently received a $103,000 contract from Prime Time Palm Beach County, Inc. for afterschool programs. Funds will be used to deliver hands-on learning experiences and for students to attend residential summer camp in Palm Beach County.

“With funding from Prime Time, children participating in afterschool learning programs have an opportunity to improve their environmental literacy and experience Florida’s natural environment in an outdoor camp setting,” said Ray Coleman, Pine Jog’s executive director. “Without this assistance, children would most likely not receive this life changing opportunity.”

Prime Time’s funding will enable Pine Jog to offer environmental education lessons at 15 afterschool centers throughout Palm Beach County. Through engaging lessons, students will learn that biodiversity is critical to our planet and its survival. The unit will end with a celebration of biodiversity and a call to action to protect it. These students then will be invited to attend residential summer camp at Pine Jog’s Everglades Youth Conservation Camp. As a courtesy of Prime Time, this program is offered at no expense to the afterschool centers or children’s families.

Prime Time Palm Beach County is a nonprofit intermediary organization that serves afterschool programs and practitioners. The organization, formed in 2000, is dedicated to ensuring that afterschool programs are of the highest quality so as to keep youth engaged in learning, and on track for academic success and healthy social development.Pine Jog Environmental Education Center is a unit within FAU’s College of Education. Since 1960, Pine Jog has been fulfilling its mission of developing, modeling, and providing educational services and programs which foster awareness and appreciation of the natural world, promote understanding of environmental concepts and instill a sense of stewardship.

For information, contact the Pine Jog Environmental Education Center at 561-686-6600 or visit www.pinejog.fau.edu .

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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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