Indian Head, MD- Commissioners recognized J.C. Parks Elementary School for its designation as an Ocean Guardian School for the third consecutive year. A program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an Ocean Guardian School makes a commitment to the protection and conservation of its local watersheds by proposing and then implementing a school- or community-based conservation project.

J.C. Parks was the first elementary school in Maryland(2016) to be recognized as an Ocean Guardian School for its efforts in conservation, protecting the environment, improving local watersheds and promoting green efforts.

To receive recognition through NOAA’s Ocean Guardian program, schools must first apply and submit a community-based project as part of the application. The program supplies grant funding to help support conservation projects.

More information to come on J.C. Parks Service project.

Grant funding is provided annually once Ocean Guardian Schools meet goals outlined in community service projects identified by the school. To learn more about the Ocean Guardian School program, visit http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/education/ocean_guardian/schools.html.