Green Education Foundation (GEF) and Gardener’s Supply Company are calling on schools and youth groups to submit chronicles of their garden projects in a race to win a $5,000 grant. Chronicles can include videos, digital portfolios or scanned artwork with descriptions. Existing garden programs involving K-12 students are eligible to apply.
The Green Thumb Challenge aims to connect children with nature and the healthy benefits of gardening as part of a nationwide movement to get kids growing. Whether sowing seeds during one class period, planting bulbs in one afternoon, or planning an outdoor garden that comes back year after year, you and your students can be part of the movement! Take advantage of the free activities and standards-based lessons linking the classroom to the garden. Kids will be excited to get their hands in the soil, to learn while using all their senses, and make real connections to classroom curriculum.
Enter by September 30, 2012.
|Herb Garden Grants
The Herb Society of America (HSA) is accepting applications for its Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant. Public or private school teachers in grades 3-6 with a minimum class size of 15 students are eligible to apply.
Five schools will each receive four Prepara® Power Plant pro indoor soil-less gardening stations, plus educational materials from the HSA to use in the classroom. Each gardening station will include the unit, grow sponge, nutrient, seeds and lamp.
Four schools or classrooms will receive $200 in "seed money" to establish an outdoor herb garden. The funds may be used for supplies such as soil, plant trays, containers, child or youth sized tools, etc. The HSA will provide seeds and educational materials.
Apply by October 1, 2012.
|Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant
The Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education (SFE) Grant Program awards grants to schools, nature centers and other non-profit educational organizations to establish outdoor learning centers. Grant funds may only be used to purchase native plants and seeds. Awards range from $100 to $500 each. Successful grants are eligible to partner with SFE native plant nursery partners for discounts on seeds and plants.
Projects must emphasize involvement of students and volunteers and increase the educational value of the site. Creativity in design is encouraged, but must show complete and thoughtful planning. The use of and teaching about native plants and the native plant community is mandatory and must be appropriate to the local ecoregion and site conditions (soil, water, sunlight).
Apply by October 15, 2012. http://www.wildones.org/seedmony.html