Environmental Fund Supports Local Efforts to Preserve and Understand Nature


The Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund has awarded grants totaling more than $20,000 to nine local efforts to preserve and understand nature.

Retired Kansas University professor Elizabeth Schultz established fund in 2005 so she could help new and existing groups care for the land, plants and creatures close to home. Since then, the fund has made $141,000 in grants.

“If you act locally, you can be engaged in creating a good life for the entire planet,” she said. “My mantra is, ‘Focus on the crocus.’ In other words, pay attention to the place you are in—know it and care for it.”

A grant to Lawrence-Douglas County Planning and Development Services will help fund countywide bikeway planning. A study will involve the public in creating a vision for a bikeway network including on-road and off-road bicycle facilities. The plan will be an integral part of the overall transportation network for the region.

Prairie Moon Waldorf School received funds to build a greenhouse. KU architecture instructor Scott Trettel and his Design/Build class will create a unique structure that will be used to extend the growing season and provide students opportunities to learn about biodynamic gardening.

The Lawrence Arts Center will work with teachers to create instructional materials that integrate environmental science with art.

Ecumenical Christian Ministries will finish the eco-friendly boardwalk at the Haskell wetlands, and sponsor a film and discussion series called Journey of the Universe. Sancta Maria School in Eudora will offer students opportunities to study the natural habitat of the Wakarusa River.

The Grassland Heritage Foundation will expand its annual Purple Loosestrife Eradication Day.

The Black Jack Battlefield Trust will install trail markers and educational signs along the nature trails at the Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park.

The Kansas Land Trust will upgrade presentation tools used to educate landowners about preserving the unique ecological, agricultural, and historical features of our county.

The Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund is one of more than 100 charitable funds the Douglas County Community Foundation manages for individuals, families, businesses, organizations and the greater Lawrence community. The foundation is a nonprofit community corporation created by and for the people of Douglas County. For more information, visit www.dccfoundation.org.

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