Fox Valley Park District in partnership with West Aurora School District 129 has applied for the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers federal grant for the upcoming school year. This grant application is due to the Illinois State Board of Education by April 25, 2022. If awarded, this grant cycle is 3 years with annual approval by ISBE. This funding would support afterschool and summer enrichment programs for eligible students from the following: Hall, Nicholson, Schneider, and Smith Elementary, and Jefferson Middle School.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources Public Museum Capital Grant Program
The Fox Valley Park District is proposing to improve the lobby of the Red Oak Nature Center by:
- Removing the lobby tree exhibit to increase lobby area for additional learning space, gathering and event staging.
- Replacing the existing lobby fish tank with a more expansive exhibit that will set the tone for the Red Oak Nature Center learning experience by highlighting the theme – “Water Connects Us All.” Specifically, this exhibit which may include new tanks, will address healthy and unhealthy stream and river ecosystems.
- Upgrade the Augmented Reality sandbox as a reliable interactive guest exhibit that is featured in the lobby.
- Add a new ceiling to floor light projection system and sound system to expand the sensory nature immersion and learning experience.
We are seeking an $85,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Public Museum Capital Grant Program to fund these improvements.
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