TAMPEEL's work heightened the understanding of environmental science.
LORDSTOWN -- After 33 years, TAMPEEL will no longer be providing environmental education for Trumbull County students.
The program, the Trumbull Area Multipurpose Environmental Education Laboratory, had been a tradition in the county schools.
Its demise was announced in a newsletter from instructor Cassie Harrison and Brice Harris, Trumbull County Educational Service Center supervisor.
The reason for eliminating the TAMPEEL program is financial: Not enough school districts could participate in its operation.
"We cannot predict the future," Harris and Harrison said in the newsletter. "However, until the current school financing crisis is resolved and there is a desire for the school districts to form another consortium, it is highly unlikely that TCESC will sponsor an environmental education program."
TAMPEEL's work with students and teachers has heightened the understanding of environmental science in Trumbull County, they said.
When TAMPEEL began, environmental education was not part of the science curriculum. Now the state standards require extensive environmental education, and opportunities for professional development for teachers in the field.
The land and buildings are owned by Lordstown schools and are being leased to a neighbor, who is caring for the facilities while Lordstown examines its options.
TCESC will continue, however, to serve school districts' needs regarding environmental education.
As part of this effort, Howland Township hopes to be able to find funding to continue environmental education programs, according to Darlene St. George, township administrator.
Howland is acquiring wetlands and building trails as it preserves property acquired with Clean Ohio funds. The land in Howland is a 200-acre section between the township park and the township road department garage on North River Road.
Harris and Harrison thanked individuals, organizations and businesses -- as many as 1,500 names -- for their involvement over the years, gifts of equipment and materials and support of the annual birdseed fundraising program.
"It has made a difference in the lives of tens of thousands of students and has improved the environmental ethic and knowledge of the citizens of Trumbull County. Thank you," they said.