By Alana Cerroneacerrone@abc6.comProvidence is now one of eight urban areas in the country to get federal funding that will help educate people about local parks and green space.The $40,000 grant, announced Monday at Riverside Park in Providence, will be used to send a message about conservation. The first step is to bring student groups to local parks in Providence, wildlife refuges across the state and to other conservation areas.U.S. Senator Jack Reed says, “It's about giving every child and every Rhode Islander the experience of nature.”Bob McMahon, Providence Parks Superintendent, says “I hope our kids learn that it is not just the wooded areas and the river areas, there are things they can observe in their everyday parks.”There are 100 neighborhood parks in Providence.© WLNE-TV 2014
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