Lindsey Hoffman-Truxel, who teaches fourth grade at Barbara Morgan Elementary School in McCall, is one of 11 teachers and schools nationally recognized this year for melding environmental education into their students' lessons.
The award is a joint project of the Council on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Hoffman-Truxel has worked with her students on real-world science projects such as studying the effects of knapweed, an invasive plant in Idaho.
With her help, students have learned that knapweed taints the soil around the plant to keep competitors from taking root. They are also looking at insects that could be knapweed's natural predator, said Jim Foudy, school principal.
"Through her efforts, students are sending data to NASA, studying fish and plants, and using microscopes and telescopes," EPA officials say.
As part of the award, Hoffman-Truxel will get $2,000 to further her education and the school will receive $2,000 for its environmental programs.
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