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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 equipment.

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.