Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Thank you to Alpine Communications!


An exciting event has happened within the Fayette County Conservation Board.  Back in March 2012 the Fayette County Conservation Board sent in a Grant Proposal to Alpine Communications Technology Grant, asking for funding to purchase Garmin Handheld eTrex 10 GPS [handheld global positioning system).  The grant goal was to purchase the eTrex 10 GPS units and use them to teach school students, general public, youth groups, home school groups and other interested people how to use GPS properly, how to connect the GPS to the internet so they can down load Waymarks, help them learn how to go Geocaching and Earth Caching, Waymarking, and help them see how the GPS is a great tool to help them get out and explore the great outdoors.

The Fayette County Conservation Board has been teaching with GPS for several years but has had to borrow GPS units from the Clayton County Conservation Board, Bremer County Extension Office and Keystone AEA.

Now thanks to the Alpine Communications Technology Grant Board the Fayette County Conservation Board now has new GPS units.  The $500.00 grant funding purchased 5 new GPS, plus an additional funds from the Fayette County Conservation Board Enviromental Education Budget and REAP funding allowed for the purchase of an additional 10 GPS’s.  Making for a total of 15 new GPS units the Fayette County Conservation Board Environmental Education Program can use in teaching.

The Fayette County Conservation Board is about this Grant Funding and how it will help strengthen and grow the Environmental Educational Programming.  One teacher who supplied a letter of support can not wait to be able to use these GPS units.  Clayton County Conservation Board is also excited because we will allow them to use our GPS when available just like they have allowed us to use theirs.  This will allow both counties to work with larger groups of participants in programs using GPS.

A BIG Thank You, Alpine Communications for their generous grant funding and purchasing of new GPS to help strengthen the Fayette County Conservation Board Environmental Education Program.  If you are an Alpine Customer or even if you are not please thank to them for their support because we really appreciate the funding.

Pictured with five Garmin Handheld eTrex 10 GPS Dawn L. Amundson
and Margaret Corlett

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