Four area schoolteachers will be getting their feet wet this summer as a result of educational grants awarded by the Stewardship Education Alliance, a year-old nonprofit working to increase community awareness of and efforts toward becoming better stewards of the Midcoast’s water resources and fragile watersheds.

Kisha Marsh and Deb McSweyn, both teachers at Camden Regional Middle School; Germaine Koomen, a teacher at Children’s House Montessori School in Camden; and Sessa Salas, a teacher at Camden’s People Place school, have been awarded study grants for courses in aquaponics being taught this July at Herring Gut Learning Center in Port Clyde.

Aquaponics is the cultivation of plants and aquatic animals in a recirculating environment. A combination of aquaculture and hydroponics, aquaponics pairs fish and plants in an integrated system. Fish wastes provide a food source for growing plants, and plants provide a natural filter for water to support fish.

In addition to McSweyn, Marsh, Koomen and Salas, four other area teachers received S.E.A. funding.

Hope Elementary School science teacher Colin Amundsen was awarded a grant to create a nature trail and outdoor classroom on a one-acre piece of gifted property adjacent to the school campus.

Science teacher Dave Munson, with Appleton Village School, was awarded funding for an extension of the AVS Little Buddies program, in which middle school students prepare and teach lessons, produce student-created educational materials, and create educational games and activities for third grade students.

Hope’s Sweet Tree Arts and Sweetland School was awarded funding for child and adult safety vests and headlamps to be used by the school’s volunteer scientists during Maine’s Big Night Amphibian Migration Monitoring activities.

Rockport’s Riley School was awarded S.E.A. funding for water monitoring equipment to be used in the school’s hands-on science program, which emphases collecting and interpreting scientific data.