Mary Goodyear, NH Fish and Game: (603) 271-6649
Hilary Chapman, NH Audubon: 603-224-9909 ext. 337
November 30, 2018
CONCORD, NH — Are you an educator with a project idea that involves students in enhancing their schoolyard for wildlife habitat, connects students with the outdoors, and integrates nature into student learning in line with curricula? The New Hampshire Partnership for Schoolyard Action will begin accepting grant applications December 1, 2018 for schools with students from pre-kindergarten through grade twelve to help fund such nature-based learning projects.
Schoolyard Action Grant applications are being accepted through January 15, 2019. Grants will range from $500 to $1,500. For more information and a grant application, please visit: www.nhaudubon.org/learn/schoolyard-habitat-exploration-grants.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service New England Field Office, New Hampshire Project Learning Tree, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, and New Hampshire Audubon are working together to support schools through the New Hampshire Partnership for Schoolyard Action Grants. This partnership was created to make it easier for educators to apply for a grant to enhance the school yard to support nature-based studies. The common grant application works for all four of the partner organizations and greatly simplifies the application process.
Examples of projects that have been funded by the partner organizations in the past include the establishment of pollinator gardens, the creation of outdoor learning areas, installing solar-powered bird baths, and replanting of school grounds with native plants that enhance wildlife habitat. Other types of projects eligible for support include trail or pond creation, citizen science activities, and bird feeding or watering stations.
Projects or items not eligible for funding include vegetable gardens, staff time, field trips, school grounds landscaping, or purchase of educational supplies unless directly related to the project.
Both student and community involvement in planning and on-site work is strongly encouraged. Professional consultation is available for project planning.