Schoolyard Action Partnership

Schoolyard Action Grant Application

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s New England Field Office, New Hampshire Fish and Game, New Hampshire Project Learning Tree, and New Hampshire Audubon have collaborated 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: Schools and/or organizations that teach preschool-12th grade may apply for a Schoolyard Action Grant. Grant awards are typically awarded up to $1,500. Submission deadline is January 31, 2020.

Research has proven that nature-based learning has a positive impact on student academic and developmental growth. A survey of staff at 100 schools with active schoolyard-based studies had positive impressions about the impact of those studies on student development and performance. A comparative study of schools across the United States found that students who are engaged in learning that uses the natural environment as an integrating context scored 92% higher when compared to students following a traditional approach; scores improved in science, math, language arts, and social studies depending on the focus of their studies. Moreover, learning that involved the student’s local environment and community contributed to pride and ownership in their work, fostering a growing stewardship ethic.

Application Procedure

Download our Schoolyard Action Grant Brochure and Application.

Schools and/or organizations that teach preschool-12th grade may apply for a Schoolyard Action Grant. Grant awards are typically awarded up to $1,500. Submission deadline is January 31, 2020.

Grant Project Considerations:

The grant proposals should consider the following:

  • Projects should be finished within 2 years of the award;
  • if awarded the grant money, team members must attend a workshop on March 28, 2020;
  • Team members must submit a Final Report summary that includes expenditures, pictures, accomplishments, and the number of participants in the project;
  • Schools are encouraged to invite and use technical assistance provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NH Project Learning Tree, NH Fish and Game or NH Audubon staff; and
  • Team members are encouraged to share their project with others at a workshop or conference.

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, especially for monarchs;
  • 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; and
  • 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; and
  • field trips.

Examples of projects that DO NOT qualify:

  • purchasing education supplies;
  • funding staff, speakers or other assistants on the project;
  • school grounds landscaping;
  • vegetable gardens; and
  • field trips.
 

Download our Schoolyard Action Grant Brochure and Application for additional information about Grant Award Requirements, sample Budget, sample maps, and more.

Questions? Please call or email:

Ted Kendziora
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Partners for Fish and Wildlife [email protected], 603-227-6412

 

How to Apply:

  • Complete the Schoolyard Action Grant Application
  • Include the cover sheet and attachments that illustrate and support your proposal.
  • The grant application must be complete upon submission and sent in a single email or envelope to:

    Ted Kendziora
    US Fish and Wildlife Service
    70 Commercial Street, Suite 300 Concord, NH 03301 [email protected]

 

About Our 2018 Winners

The New Hampshire Partnership for Schoolyard Action Grants, a collaboration that supports schools wishing to link the school curriculum and their students with the local environment, is pleased to award action grants to these schools.

  • Bow Elementary School – Pollination Station: Native Plants Attracting NH Wildlife
  • Campton School – Growing Homes for Wildlife
  • Chesterfield School – Integrated Wildlife Education
  • Cross Road School – Natural Learning in Outdoor Classroom
  • Dewey School – Paradise Meadow Projectr
  • Gilmanton School – Bird Observation Area
  • Nature and Nurture Preschool (Newfields,NH) – Connecting Learning to Nature through Pollinator Gardening
  • Nelson School – Avian Exploration
  • Seacoast Charter School – Certified Monarch Garden
  • Southwick School – Nature Trail System

Interested in pollinator activities? Students of all ages can put their knowledge into practice by participating in building a pollinator habitat or taking other activities to support pollinators both inside and outside of the classroom. 

About Our 2017 Winners

The New Hampshire Partnership for Schoolyard Action Grants, a collaboration that supports schools wishing to link the school curriculum and their students with the local environment, is pleased to award over $6,000.00 in action grants to these schools.

  • Beech Hill School, Hopkinton, NH—Building Bowers, Buffers, and Biodiversity
  • Loudon Elementary, Loudon, NH—Pollinator Garden
  • Westmoreland High School, Westmoreland, NH—Nature Trail and Outdoor Classroom
  • Winchester High School, Winchester, NH—Nature Trail Project
  • Seacoast Charter School, Dover, NH—Schoolyard Mater Plan
  • Prospect Mountain High School, Alton, NH—Shade Tree Habitat
  • Jaffrey Grade School, Jaffrey, NH—Schoolyard Bird Watching
  • Namaste Montessori School, Goffstown, NH—Namaste Children’s Garden

About Our 2016 Winners

New Hampshire Project Learning Tree is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Outdoor Classroom Special Fund grants. Each winner will receive a $250 grant to develop or improve outdoor classrooms for their students. These recipients received their checks at the New Hampshire Project Learning Tree Annual Celebration on May 15, 2016.

  • Ledge Street School, Nashua, NH: adding benches to their outdoor classroom gazebo.
  • Hampshire Cooperative Nursery School, Hanover, NH: Restoration of Connecticutt River Valley Ecology
  • Deerfield Community School, Deerfield, NH: Wildlife Garden

About Our 2015 Winners

New Hampshire Project Learning Tree is pleased to announce the four winners of the 2015 Outdoor Classroom Special Fund grants. Each winner received a $250 grant to develop or improve outdoor classrooms for their students. The Outdoor Classroom Special Fund was started to honor the leadership of Esther Cowles, Executive Director of NHPLT from 1997-2011.

  • Ledge Street School, Nashua, NH: The Ledge Street School will be adding a solar water pump and motion camera to their frog pond. The water pump will keep the pond water circulating, improving habitat for the tadpoles they raise there. The motion camera will enable students in all classrooms to watch the paid of Red Tail Hawks that visit and bath in the ponds. “I see smiles on their faces and wonderment in their eyes as they discover something new in the outdoor classroom.

 

 
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