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Google Awards $4M For Environmental Education

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Damn 2011, you so crazy generous — and we’re only on Day 5.

Hot on the heels of celebrity superduo Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie donating an huge $2M to a African wildlife sanctuary, Google today announced that it is handing over a $4M grant to NatureBridge, the largest residential environmental education partner of the National Park Service.

According to the release, over a three year period, that cash will enable the org to bring 10,000 additional K-12 students to its residential programs, develop community-based environmental education training programs, deliver hands-on training to 850 K-12 teachers, and find new ways to leverage technology for students and teachers in the field and at home.

In other words, it’s going to boost their outreach significantly — and help change lives all over the nation.

“We know we must do more to create a world where our youth feel a personal and lifelong connection to nature, and where they are inspired to take action to care for the earth,” said Susan Smartt, NatureBridge president and CEO. “Thanks to Google’s generosity, we will reach more underserved youth, increase the quality and relevance of our programs, and develop new and innovative ways to better serve students and support teachers.”

The grant to NatureBridge was part of Google’s $20M Charitable Giving Fund’s holiday giving which also included grants to APC.org, ASKOKA, Bharti Foundation, Connecting Up, Global Strategies for HIV Prevention, LASA, NPTech, NTEN, and UNICEF.

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