Year 2011 is just in its infancy, but funds towards charity have started flowing in. Joining the bandwagon is Google, who have announced over a $4 million grant to NatureBridge, the largest residential environmental education partner of the National Park Service.
The search major will, over a period of three years, help the organization to bring 10,000 additional K-12 students to its residential programs. This apart, the students will also be initiated into community-based environmental education training.
With the new grant, Google will also enable hands-on training to as many as 850 K-12 teachers, and find new ways to leverage technology for students and teachers in the field and at home, it has been stated.
Google’s generosity is being seen as aiding NatureBridge to reach more underserved youth, increase the quality and relevance of their programs, and develop new and innovative ways to better serve students and support teachers.
It is being reported that Google’s grant to NatureBridge is part of the company’s $20 million Charitable Giving Fund’s holiday giving. It also includes grants to APC.org, ASKOKA, Bharti Foundation, Connecting Up, Global Strategies for HIV Prevention, LASA, NPTech, NTEN, and UNICEF.
NatureBridge believes that it is on the right path toward creating a world where youth feel a personal and lifelong connection to nature.