New Hampshire Audubon, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service New England Field Office, New Hampshire Project Learning Tree, and NH Fish and Game have joined efforts to support schools that want to achieve the benefits of nature-based studies for student development and learning. Our goals are to nurture future environmental stewards by connecting kids with their local environment and to enliven learning through nature.
Grant Period: Open December 1, 2017 through January 15, 2018
Schools that teach Preschool-12th grade may apply for a Schoolyard Action Grant. Grant awards range from $250 to $1000. NH Audubon staff is available to discuss project ideas and answer your questions.
Grant application questions address important project components. A project must have a team of three or more people working on its planning and implementation. These teams may be comprised of all school staff or include community members. Proposals should outline a plan for how the project will be integrated with school curricula; strong proposals will integrate multiple subject areas and involve students in its planning and implementation. Projects should have administrative support and a plan for project sustainability. Involvement and donations (time-in-kind or materials) by the community should be documented in the budget. If you are planning a garden for wildlife, a plant list must be included.
Examples of projects that qualify:
- Developing a plan and/or lessons to integrate the schoolyard studies into curricula.
- Teachers and students working with a landscape architect to design a schoolyard plan.
- Planting native trees, shrubs, vines or perennials to provide wildlife food or cover.
- Establishing pollinator gardens.
- Supplies (beyond typical school supplies) needed to participate in a citizen science project such as Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Project Feederwatch, Birdsleuth, or Yard Map, or New England Signs of the Seasons phenology project.
- Building ponds or other water sources such as birdbaths or fountains.
- Installing bird feeders and feeding stations.
- Construction of nature trails.
- Building small structures that support outdoor learning.
Examples of projects that DO NOT qualify:
- Purchasing education supplies.
- Funding staff, speakers or other assistants on the project
- School grounds landscaping
- Vegetable gardens
- Field trips