CONTACT: GEORGE MCCRORY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: July 14, 2000
UI Wildlife Camps receive $5,000 grant from Iowa City Wal-Mart
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Wildlife Camps have been awarded
a $5,000 grant from Wal-Mart, Inc. for environmental education programs at
the Macbride Nature Recreation Area.
The Clean Air-Clean Water Environmental Grant will be given to the University
of Iowa Wildlife Camps Tuesday, July 18 at 9 a.m. at the Iowa City Wal-Mart
on Highway 1.
These week-long programs reach more than 2,000 area youth annually with
hands-on nature study activities. Nearly 200 campers and staff will be on
hand to receive the award.
The University of Iowa Division of Recreational Services is currently conducting
a feasibility study on the establishment of an Environmental Learning Center
at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area to house the Wildlife Camps, School
of the Wild, and Raptor Center. This Wal-Mart corporate grant will help with
providing these programs with environmental education and outdoor recreation
While the grant comes from the Wal-Mart Foundation, local stores can allocate
funds to local projects, said Ann Yotty, training and community coordinator
at the Iowa City Wal-Mart.
The Clean Air-Clean Water Grant program was created in 1990 with the intent
of enhancing the quality of life in communities in which Wal-Mart operates.
Last year the company gave back more than $1.5 million to local communities
through environmental grants.