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District Awarded $3.5 Million from The Wildlands Conservancy - July 2002 (Los Angeles Unified School District)

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has been awarded $3.5 million by The Wildlands Conservancy to improve and expand its outdoor education facilities. Approximately 7,000 students from 180 schools in the LAUSD are served each year at the district's two outdoor education centers - the Clear Creek Outdoor Education Center and the Point Fermin Outdoor Education Center.

Approximately $1 million has been earmarked for the Clear Creek Outdoor Education Center and $2.5 million will be used for the Point Fermin Outdoor Education Center.

"This is a generous contribution from The Wildlands Conservancy," said John Liechty, superintendent of the district's after school enrichment program, Beyond the Bell. "This money will enrich our students' learning about nature and the environment in which they live."

The conservancy, aware that the district's facility funds are being used to build new schools, is seeking to modernize existing education facilities and expand them so that more students in the LAUSD will be able to enjoy a first-hand experience of nature.

Since 1925, the Clear Creek Outdoor Education Center has served approximately 410,000 students. The Point Fermin Outdoor Education Center has operated as a summer program serving approximately 7,000 students since its inception in 1948. Facility improvements at the Point Fermin Outdoor Education Center will allow the program to function year-round.